We’re excited to introduce our first guest blogger – Sam Lytle from Easy Journaling. We’ve been fans of Sam’s site for quite a while and really appreciate what he has to say about the historical importance of journaling. For more about Sam, check out his bio at the end of this blog. Without further ado, here is Sam’s Post:
You’ve been there before. Grandpa telling you about how he had to walk to school upside down through a tsunami of 20 feet of snow and 125 degrees below zero, all while fighting off a pack of wolves.
We get it pops, life was tough.
I can already imagine the stories we will tell our grandkids. “When I was your age I actually had to drive non-flying cars with steering wheels! Oh, and we had to actually read things; we couldn’t just have it uploaded into our brains”.
The funny thing about journals of past generations is that if you have actually read them, you realize a lot of the stories weren’t made up. Life really was that tough and they really did experience things we can’t even imagine. I have a feeling our ‘great recession’ pales in comparison to the soup lines and exponential inflation seen in the great depression.
Hopefully our children and grandchildren share a similar honor of having better lives than we do. So how do we make sure they know and understand the world we live in? How can we share how we felt when we first used video chat (something that will likely be taken for granted in a day where holographic projection may be normal?)
The simple answer, of course, is a well kept journal. The more in depth answer involves how to actually sit down and do it. And then do it again. And again.
If you are like me you have probably realized both the importance of journaling and the difficulty of doing it consistently. You start out so faithfully with an entry for every day. A few months go by and you are grateful for an entry every week. You may give up altogether and then start again in a year.
I promise, you are not alone. Perfect journalers are like unicorns – only people have claimed to have seen unicorns.
Fortunately there are methods to improve this skill to the point where you are mostly consistent and usually content with the results of your labors. The biggest piece of the puzzle is finding the method that works for you. I’m not even sure if the journals I used to write in are in print anymore (and I’m only 27). They were a blank book with lined pages and nothing more. It worked for me at the time, but now that I am married and a father, I have had to find a new journal that works better.
So that is my challenge to you today. If you are looking to start journaling, take the time to find the method that will work for you. If you don’t, it may be a short lived experience.
Even if you have faithfully kept a journal or diary for years, step back and consider if there may be a better way. The result could surprise you in the form of better, more heartfelt entries or even significant time savings.
…because we all understand the importance of letting our grandchildren know how awful the reality TV era was for us.
Sam Lytle is the founder of Easy Journaling, a site dedicated to making personal journal keeping easier in our ever busying lives, especially through online and mobile journal and diary applications. He also reviewed iPhone apps for a time, wrote a novel and has a career as an aspiring civil engineer. He lives with his wife and son in the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Lake Tahoe.