Journal vs. Blog

22 06 2007

Yesterday I was lying on the floor in front of my office bookcase, it’s home for a selected group of books I want to read soon. In it I saw one of my journals and pulled it out. The last entry was in March of this year. I used to rely on journals in order to vent and reflect on my ideas and emotions, that doesn’t seem the be the case anymore. The more I get to blog the less I rely on my journals.

Journals, by nature, tends to be used for writing that you mostly want to keep for yourself. In the past they have sparked ideas for articles and even my first book, but for some reason I can’t get on paper what I’m dealing with right now. Instead I’m relying on blogs to communicate with my readers and friends and getting some feedback on my thoughts. This gives a different dimension to the written word and the effort it takes to put it out there to be read by the world.

Going back to my journal, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to put into writing what has happened to me since March, I truely believe those moments and experiences need to be accounted for in order not to lose part of my history. A lot of what I write on journals will never be published online or print (I hope), it’s an intimate glimpse of what it is going on my interior life. I know most of it won’t be of any importance to anyone but to me, but then again who knows.

Do you believe that blogs will eventually substitute journals? Have you ever kept a journal? If you have used both share with me the difference in your writing on both mediums, it will be interesting to know.



2 responses

23 06 2007
Franco Yong

Dear Clary,

Nice of you to visit my blog and left me a comment to about “Power of Dreams”. Your blog is very inspiring. I love it!!

You can also visit my other blog, I write here more often.

By the way, I don’t keep a hardcopy of a journal. I find it so much more fun sharing my thoughts with a blog. Here I meet and make friends. If not I would not have met you. I have also picked up plenty of great tips along the way.

Can I add your blog to my list of buddies at

Do stay in touch.



27 06 2007
Rajesh Gunasekaran

You can make private entries in your blog with password protection, that way you can protect your writings as well as use the same blog to write public stuff as well.

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