I want to be a better journalist. Um, I mean, someone who keeps up with their personal journal in a much better way than I do now. I was rather proficient at it when I was a teen, but I stopped when I turned 18, thinking that adults didn’t keep diaries like little girls. Yeah. So. I was wrong.
But getting back into the habit has been really hard. You’d think just pick up a pen and write, but no. I’ve learned a couple things about myself. One, never sing where anyone else can hear me; and two, I prefer my journaling almost equally private.
As a kid with a working mother, I had lots of alone time. As a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids, in a small apartment, there is no such thing as “alone time.” For the record, I wouldn’t trade that for the world, but I do need to figure out how to adapt to the way things are right now in a way that I can feel more comfortable.
While my goal is to journal with pen and paper, I also want to have a digital form, too. Good grief, there are a lot of diary apps out there! I wanted something that synced across the web and my devices – those seem to cost money. I really like WriteADay (rainbows!) but it doesn’t sync or have a web version. 😦
I downloaded Journey journal to my computer, after checking it out on my tablet, and promptly got hit with a payment button, so I uninstalled it. It looks awesome, I just wasn’t willing to pay.
Journal It seems to have a lot of great features, but doesn’t seem to have a web version.
I know I can’t type on my devices to save my life, but I can add a picture or a couple of words (word suggestions help!), which is why I also wanted a web version so I could type – all this in addition to a pen and paper journal.
No, I don’t ask for much. 😉
Know what I ended up doing?
WordPress. Yep, I made a totally private blog. I can add to it from any of my devices AND my computer, everything gets synced automatically, I can add tags and photos, all the entries are dated, and geo-tagged if I want, and it’s free! FTW! Plus, I can change the themes at my whim, which means I can do different colors (rainbows!). If I wanted to, I could even share an entry with someone if I was struggling with something and wanted a little feedback.
All that remains is some discipline (I think that’s going to be my word of the year for 2019). I have a lot of things planned for 2019, but they all center around that.
So, that thousand mile journey just got one step shorter. 😉
And how was your Monday?