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Anonymous 48750

Do you keep a diary or journal?

>How long have you kept it for?

>Why do you keep a journal?
>How often do you write?
>Paper or electronic?
>What types of things do you write about?
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death? Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?

Anonymous 48751

OP here, I'll start:

>How long have you kept it for?

More than 10 years since I was a teenager.
>Why do you keep a journal?
To have a place to vent and voice my opinions without affecting anyone else and let off steam. To record down memories that I want to remember years down the line.
>How often do you write?
On average, maybe once a week, but I write long entries.
>Paper or electronic?
Used to keep paper journals when I was a kid, but this 10+ year stint was all electronic
>What types of things do you write about?
Honestly, mostly negative things like things I'm worried or anxious about. Also thoughts on cool things I watched or read.
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
I read old entries randomly sometimes and feel like it's really helpful. The things I used to be worried about seem so minuscule in comparison, and it's nice to see how much I've grown over the years.
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
Definitely no for family or friends. I'm not sure about significant other because I've never had one. I think it might be kind of weird for my s.o. to read it because 10+ years of writing is a lot to spring on someone, and frankly, a lot of what I wrote can seem really weird when taken out of context, since I wasn't writing with an audience in mind.
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death? Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
I kind of want someone to read my diary after my death, simply because it's kind of sad and lonely to think that I've been writing all of these years into the void, and that no one will ever read any of this. Realistically though, my writing is kind of boring because I'm just an ordinary person. Personally, I'm a big fan of reading people's online journals/blogs (that they make public), but I'm not sure if anyone in the future would want to read mine.

Anonymous 48770

>How long have you kept it for?
since December last year
>Why do you keep a journal?
to right down my thoughts and feelings, sometimes i'll record events if they were significant enough
>How often do you write?
>Paper or electronic?
paper, dont understand electronic lol
>What types of things do you write about?
my mental struggles and the progression of my relationship with my current boyfriend
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
No i haven't since i started recently but i might in the future
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
not while im breathing
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death? Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
anyone can do anything with any of my stuff when i die

Anonymous 48809

>Do you keep a diary or journal?
I keep a note book and a sketchbook. The notebook I use mostly to keep tabs on what I need to do such as: chores, counting calories, budgeting and groceries. I like to make list of things I need to do. As well as sometimes thoughts. The sketchbook is more for drawing but I do use a few pages to write my feelings and vent.
>How long have you kept it for?
On and off, my whole life?
>Why do you keep a journal?
Im a forgetful person, if I don't make a list, I will forget. Plus list are calming and it's nice to feel planned out.
>How often do you write?
Everyday. I make my list often. Especially when it comes to budget or chores. Keeping a count calories and workouts. My sketchbook is every other day and I rarely write about my feelings, only when it gets too bad.
>Paper or electronic?
Paper. It feels more like a commitment. I did have a few blogs but I never updated them. And digital is too easily deleted. I used to collect my journals but now when I'm done I burn them. The sketchbooks I've started to keep but the vent entries get a drawing paste over them of the pages get glued together.
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
I used to keep my vents. But my boyfriend hated them and said they read like a suicide notes. (Because some of them started out as suicide notes.) So to avoid those conversations I destroy them.
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
I show them to my boyfriend, if I don't I know he goes behind my back to read them. Plus a lot of it is for shopping list and my finances.
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death?
Then they wouldn't be surprised.
>>Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
Note my notebooks and probably not my sketchbooks? I mean they only have value to me, I imagine anyone else would see it as clutter.

Anonymous 48830

>How long have you kept it for?
Since October.
>Why do you keep a journal?
Recording thought processes for later evaluation so as to modify behavior towards desired outcomes and note improvements in the base state.
>How often do you write?
Almost everyday. Even if it's just "today was tiring".
>Paper or electronic?
Electronic.
>What types of things do you write about?
Thought bbn processes, actions, events, emotions, long diatribes on certain subjects.
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
I have just barely gotten to a manageable level of writing them, the habit of reading them needs to be given it's own schedule and pace for use. From the little I have done, I've noted my poor communications at times, and gradual improvement in thought.
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
My husband has, I don't think I would allow others.
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death?
What else is a journal for if not bv to be read at a later time?
>Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
My wants don't apply to the matter. The journals worth increases in proportion to the advances I make in life, as a manual for my progress from point A to Point B. If point B is not notable, then my family won't value it. In the instance I am average, the only chance for the journal to be valuable is for a massive data loss to occur for events in this era and my journal surviving as documentation for an unforecasted "dark age".

Anonymous 48973

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>>48750
>How long have you kept it for?
Since 5th grade? (11 years)
>Why do you keep a journal?
It's nice to write out my thoughts, also to look back on entries from the past and see what was going on in my life
>How often do you write?
A couple times a week.
>Paper or electronic?
I had a physical one for elementary school to middle school, and then basically used a tumblr blog for high school, now through college I'm using a moleskin notebook.
>What types of things do you write about?
Mostly my feelings, venting, goals, opinions that I can't really share with others
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
Yes, and yes. I read one the other day from 2010 and it was so surprising to see how I was. The way I thought I acted at 12 vs how I wrote/actually was really contradict each other
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
Older ones, maybe, but not the one I have now. My journal is where I contain my mental illness lol
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death? Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
If I was dead I wouldn't mind, wouldn't be okay with it if I was alive though. I also wouldn't want it destroyed, but I wouldn't intentionally pass them down. If I had a kid I wouldn't want them to see how mentally unstable their mom was growing up.

Anonymous 48994

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>>48750
I have kept a journal now for four years… The reason i started it was because i was not with my little siblings in their mother’s house anymore on a regular basis and she was being abusive to them and they had no way to record it while they were there. I also recorded the times when my mother had been abusive to me before i moved out. I also wrote about my feelings on the matter, this ended up spiraling out to my feelings and thoughts about everything, as the court system continued to ignore the crap she kept on doing, and covering it up. I kept it on the computer online, on a program called dayone because i imagine if someone found it and destroyed it.. atleast now it is very very likely that it will not get destroyed unless their servers went down and my own copy went up in flames. Since it has been so long i just write about normal things from day to day, and i always like to add my own thoughts to what i see on a regular basis. even tiny things i can write a whole book about. I would let almost anyone read my journal who i trusted, i want others to know how i feel and what has happened to me, nobody seems interested so i just keep writing for that special day when someone real sweet will sit down and give just a thread of care about my thoughts… That would probably make me happy in a way i never have been. If i never get to do that i do hope that someday it will be valued.. maybe atleast a little by some kid or somebody…

Anonymous 49006

>>48994
stick to the fucking format you absolute nonce

Anonymous 49015

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I bought a nice journal but I'm too scared to write in it and ruin it.

Anonymous 49029

>>48994
You really need to tell someone, anon. You can't wait for someone to come. Call to them.
>>49006
Your format sucks.

Anonymous 49093

>>49015
you need to accept that you are going to make mistakes but more importantly just to have fun. It's your journal you can write whatever you want.

Anonymous 49096

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I wish I kept one, it makes me sad to think that there's so much in my life I'll never remember now. Maybe if I wrote things down I would remember more of my life.

Anonymous 49113

>>49096
It's never too late to start

Anonymous 50022

I have a secret discord server I use as a journal.

I have a few channels on it, one dedicated to CBT journalist, one to fitspo, one for art resources.
One I keep as a normal sort of running journal, as well.

Anonymous 50592

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>>48750
great thread ty
>How long have you kept it for?
I've been journaling since 2016. On my 3rd journal currently.
>Why do you keep a journal?
write my feelings and what happened and such so I can remember for later. it started as a "time capsule" kind of thing, and I had ambitions to bury it for someone to find in the future. seems silly to me now.
>How often do you write?
I try to every few days.
>Paper or electronic?
paper.
>What types of things do you write about?
feelings, events that happened in the day, and things I want to remember.
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
yes. and I don't know. makes me feel funny.
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
not family. maybe a complete stranger who has no idea who i am, just to gauge a reaction. actually i'd be very interested to see someone else's reaction/thoughts (so if anyone wants to read it, i could put on a doc for you to judge me lmao.)
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death? Would you want it destroyed before then or would you want to pass it down?
i mean, my journal started out as a time capsule for my descendants or just randos in the future. so i'd be fine with it, even pleased. i'd love to pass it down lol.

Anonymous 80599

I just filled up a diary I got when I was 7 years old. I took a lot of breaks in between entries and filled up another one in between.
It's just so weird to think the first entry is two sentences by a dumb 7 year old saying a diary is 'cool and fun' and the last entry is my newly 31 year old self talking about my videogame husbandos and using the word 'sexbot'. I really do wish somebody finds this after I'm dead and reads it.

Anonymous 80618

When I was homeless I kept a diary that lasted about 2 years worth of entries. It had a scrapbook feel, I would paste in things like pamphlets, letters, documents, photographs, etc

I no longer update it. I recently started a blog which supposed to be about other people but I have indulged in a bit of writing about myself, twice. I like the blog method since it allows me to articulate my thoughts way better than writing a constant stream of diary entries. As these things are public and not relegated to a private journal, I'm also forced to make them somewhat enjoyable to read. It's incredibly tempting to just unload every shitty thing about my life all out at once, but now I have standards. Learning to utilize restraint when talking about myself was a skill I needed to learn at some point.

>>80599
>I really do wish somebody finds this after I'm dead and reads it.
Lmao same. I want to leave a trace of my existence behind somewhere. I legit have zero consolation that any part of me will exist after my passing, so writing publicly viewable things about my life helps.

Anonymous 80659

1. Erm since 2016?
2. Memories. Emotional therapy.
3.sometimes a lot sometimes a little. I haven’t written in over a month. I need to soon lol
4. I have two journals. One is a diary for everyday memories. The other is my emotional journal. I like to keep them separate. But Im going to stop doing that. Except really fucked up thoughts. They’ll go in a small paper travelers notebook insert that I can burn whenever I finish one.
5. Sometimes. My memory diary is nice. My emotional journal is…insightful.
6. I live with my husband. He can read my memory journal idc. I show him it whenever I finish one. It’s like a scrapbook diary.
My emotional diary though? Eh. Idk. For the really fucked up thoughts, probably not.
7. Um. So before burning the really fucked up journals, I’ll copy or tear out bits that are inspiring on a creative level or somehow poetic. But no, I do not want my extremely fucked up thoughts around. Mostly towards other people who’s feelings may be hurt upon reading it. My memory diary is for anyone to read. I consider it a private analog blog. lol

Anonymous 81984

>How long have you kept it for?
depends, ive kept one for many year but many of them ive thrown out.current one is online
>Why do you keep a journal?
to sort out my thoughts
>How often do you write?
daily
>Paper or electronic?
most of my life paper,but now electronic (like 2 weeks or so). i post daily in a thread on an obscure imageboard about my life, its my diary thread.
>What types of things do you write about?
how much i wanna kms,how much i miss my exe, funny anecdotes, stuff i did, complaining, and whatever creepy thoughts im having.
>Do you ever go back and read your old entries? If you do, do you feel like you gain some perspective from it?
most of them have been destroyed.i have bits and pieces laying around but every time i read thdm i cringe.im getting rid of them.
>Would you ever let someone else read your journal? If so, who (i.e. s.o., family, close friend)?
because i started posting them online yeah,but absolutely no one i knew irl id let read them.
>How would you feel if someone read your journal after your death
upset, im a bad person who thinks bad things. besided ive detailed ny creepy cyberstalking of my exe boyfriend. before i kms im getting rid of all my old entries.



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