If you would like to keep a journal, just sit down and write for ten to fifteen minutes a day Set some time aside to do that. All you really need to do is write. I write about the weather a lot in my journal when there isn’t much else to write about. It’s not that hard if you approach it correctly. If you aren’t into writing, you won’t be keeping a journal. I’m into writing so I do that as much as I can. I look at it as an exercise, like your daily fitness workout that you do to maintain your good health. Journaling will do that for your writing skills. You can hone them in your journal.

Some people keep journals by hand. I used to do that, now I use Word on the computer. There are apps for your phone that let you journal on the go, if that’s what you need. I have one that I rarely use because I use the computer and the rest of my journal is there. so that is the gist of what I could write about. I could write about the different ways people keep their journals. Pen and paper is the most secure, because you can physically lock it up. there’s the cloud, and word processing apps for your phone and even journal apps that let you write your journal on your phone. I don’t like working with such a small screen.

So I use Word. You can use Word if you want but there are other software packages that will do the job just as well. I have considered using OneNote to hold my journal. Scrivener is another option. You create your entries in their own file, which is held by the overall program. The disadvantage of using OneNote is that if you want to print out your journal, you have to do some extra work to do so. What you would have to do is to select all the pages in the journal en export it to a pdf file. Then you can print that. With Scrivener, you can export the journal to Word, html, pdf, or even just print it straight to paper.

You can also use blogging software like LiveWriter or one of the many applications that are available for download. You could even just grab a pencil and paper. The point is not how you journal, or the tools that you use to journal. They aren’t important. What’s important is that you journal at all. All you have to do is sit down, set a timer and write. Journaling is the best form of free writing there is. Set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes and just write. That’s really all there is to it.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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