There’s been a massive growth in the number of people journaling the last 10 years. It’s become a really popular creative hobby for many, leading to an explosion in different styles and forms from the deeply personal to the public and shared on the likes of TikTok and Twitch.
Seeing it around may have piqued your interest, but what is journaling all about, and more importantly, how can you as a complete newbie get your own journal going? Well, let me explain and give you a few brief pointers to get going.
At its most simple, journaling is a hobby where you regularly write down your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a journal or notebook. It can be a great way to reflect on your life, process your emotions, and set goals for yourself. Some write their journals, others illustrate them.
There are many different styles of journaling, including:
- Daily journaling: where you write in your journal every day, even if it’s just a few sentences.
- Gratitude journaling: where you write down things you’re grateful for each day. Bullet journaling: which is a type of daily journaling that uses symbols, drawings, and lists to organize your thoughts.
- Travel journaling: where you document your travels, including places you’ve been, things you’ve seen, and people you’ve met.
- Art journaling: where you combine writing with art, using your journal as a canvas for your drawings and collages.
When starting a journaling practice, there are a few things to consider:
- Choose a journal that you like and feel comfortable writing in.
- Set aside a specific time each day (or week) to write in your journal.
- Be honest with yourself – journaling is a personal practice and no one else needs to see it unless you choose to share it.
- Be consistent – the more you journal, the more benefits you’ll see
In terms of what to journal about, the options are endless! You can write about your day, your feelings, your goals, your dreams, or anything that’s on your mind. Some prompts to help you get started include:
- What are three things that made me happy today?
- How did I feel today?
- Write a letter to your future self.
- What are my goals for next week?
- What did I learn today?
Journaling can be a very therapeutic and personal hobby, and it’s a great way to get in touch with yourself. I hope this helps you start your own journaling practice.
If you want to try journaling, here are some links to get you going.