Down with travel journals
I don't. I've tried. Just can't be bothered, I guess. And I have a degree in journalism, was editor of the university newspaper, etc... I do keep a blog, which I update with a decent amount of regularity for the folks back home. And I enjoy that. I think that's because, as opposed to a personal journal, I'm in the position to inform and/or entertain an audience, which is what makes it all worth it for me.
So... Why do you not keep a journal?
Okay, the journal dorks among us can chime in too. Spill your guts on your diary, notebook, journal...
I'm actually surprised you don't do a journal...usually people who actually blog for an audience like to keep the journal and write in it throughout the day, so that their blog can have more detail.
Also, about half the content in my journal is actually notes and so on of things I would like to do, places to go, email addresses, books I want to read, random stuff like that.
Now, some people's journals have produced some great stuff. I'm thinking of jv's Pigs in the Toilet, in particular (the site's been down, for some reason. Renew it Jeff!!)
I'm with you. I don't write a journal because I usually am attracted to other things than sitting down and writing down mundane stuff. Also, I know, I would never ever read it again. I haven't read The Brothers Karamazov twice (yet), why would I want to re-read my travel journal?
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In all honesty, I wish I had the discipline to write more about my personal experience. I envy those who can actually write down something meaningful at the end of each day.
I'm much more likely to keep one when I am traveling alone and have time on my hands. It's a relaxing thing to do in the evenings or when sitting in a cafe. I also like to stick stuff like beer labels into it. It gives me a convenient scrapbook, plus a place to doodle or draw scenes from my day.
I really do enjoy looking back on them and remembering the trips. It's like a photo album, it captures the moment.
I stopped recording daily events a few years ago. It was usually pretty boring stuff. I do always bring along a notebook though. It just gets filled with the more random things that being away from home seems to make more accessible.
I tried my hand at a few prose entries as well, but I generally found them lacking (I worked as a writer as well.) Everyone thinks they're Bill Bryson these days.
quote:Originally posted by skobb:
Everyone thinks they're Bill Bryson these days.
Haha...so true. I'm sending email updates to friends as I just feel too lazy to write a blog.
My pictures bring back memories as well.
"The difference between loneliness and solitude is your perception of who you are alone with and who made the choice." --anonymous quote
When I think of people keeping a journal I always have a mental image of JD from Scrubs...
Dr Cox: My god is that a unicorn on the front cover?
JD: No, it's a horse with a sword on his head. He's there to guard my hopes and dreams.
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Plus, they're such good stuff to reference for that novel I'm going to write someday...
“I'm not at my best when I moralize or philosophize. Logic is elusive, especially to one who so rarely uses it.”
But mine would be more of a Sketchbook cum Journal (Like 10 pages sketches for every 1 page of 'journal entry')as I am more inclined to doodle stuff I see rather than describe it with a 1000 word journal entry. Not to mention pictures(that can be put into a scrapbook in future) are great sources of memories and stories and FAR less boring to go through.*flip* *flip* *flip* :P I want to keep a journal because it is always amazing for me to go through my 'younger' self again and see how far I have come (Intellectually, Emotionally, etc). Not to mention how much better I have become at writing!
I plan to have a blog on the road too as I don't think I can be bothered to write dozens of emails every other day to keep my family/friends up-to-date on what I am up to. Mind you, I prefer the individual emails to my loved ones as opposed to mass mailing. Mass mailing seems too...Cold. Ya know?
P/S: I am a Journalism major too! LoL!
And sorry I could not travel both,
And be one traveler, long I stood,
And looked down one as far as I could,
To where it bent in the undergrowth..."
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