Use a Transformational Blogging Journal to Augment Your Memory
A transformational blogging journal makes your life function more effectively by augmenting your memory, and structuring and scheduling your posts and blog reading.
It’s really your fault, you know, my dear readers.
Who said that? What? What did we do?
It’s me, the publisher and author of Always Write. My blogging friends, you followed me. And now because of you I’m using my transformational blogging journal every day.
Why Use a Journal Along with Blogging?
Isn’t that a lot of extra writing?
It’s extra cutting and pasting, but not much writing.
Some of you were not crazy about the idea of keeping a journal AND blogging when I first mentioned it. I mean, we’re really busy, right? I’m retired and I’m busy, so I know if you are working 20 or more hours outside or inside the home, you are busy, too.
I’ve played with this process for six months. This article is cut from a cell right out of my August journal documenting the process I’m doing.
But first, let me explain why it’s important to journal as you blog.
- The number of blogs on the internet is overwhelming. Some people never blog, but some people start a blog for every subject they write. Finding and connecting with these people may be life-changing.
- We read for information. Like any good student, to remember and refer back to items of importance, we must write the information down somewhere. If it’s a scrap of paper, you know what happens to it! If it’s a bullet journal or a traditional journal, it’s easy to access. But we can not click and follow.
- We also read to connect with other bloggers socially. We need a way to remember them. A. Caoimhghin tells us that “most people connect through groups.” However, blogging is a solitary activity usually done by people who want to connect with others. Journaling helps us remember names and faces until we get to know our community better.
Setting Up YOUR Transformational Journal
- Set up the journal. Easy Peasy. Online note-taking is easiest for me, although I keep a paper journal, which goes everywhere with me for quick notes. Lionel Valdellon recommended Evernote, Alpha Lim, and nvALT as additional journal programs.
- I like Google Docs best. In their defense, I have used Evernote, but not the other two. Start a new Google Docs journal by creating a table with one row and 3 columns for each day. I use Google Docs because it takes less time to open, it saves automatically, and I can get access to it from anywhere.
- Even though I put everything for one day in one cell of the table, I may use the following headings within the cell:
- Weather: degrees @ time,
- News (your top choice for the day – even it’s YOUR news)
- post # (Paste the article URL and write comments or a quote from the blog.) Add as many as you visit.
- Other sites visited today (URL with no comments).
- I create one doc for each month or two, one formatted row for each day of the month.
- I print them out. Yes, because it is still easier to write than type sometimes. When I plan my posts I scribble in my ideas. This may or may not get transmitted to my journal. As you know, sometimes posts don’t happen. Or I may have an idea that carries to the next month, which is not created.
Not many articles help bloggers with the enormous task of reading blogs. Yet, there are millions of articles urging bloggers to read voraciously if they want others to be read their blog. Reciprocity takes a lot of time.
I hope this simple form and explanation helps you make sense, keep track, of, and use your blog reading.
The form is the least important aspect of keeping a blogging journal. Yet, I have experimented with so many forms, some work and some don’t. This one is shortened and is the easiest to use that I’ve found.
From MY Transformational Blogging Journal
Here are the most helpful or interesting NEW blogs I found in July. I haven’t categorized them like I did last month.
- https://jrbiery.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/ten-reasons-to-write/ This is a great article, but if you want to write, this author has plenty of advice, and will engage with you. She goes the extra mile, and she’s funny.
- https://bookmust.wordpress.com/ This may be one of my all time favorite organized blogs.
- http://www.myloveforwords.com/how-to-start-a-blog/, Emily gives detailed directions about starting a blog.
- https://twobrownfeet.com/about/ a couple from India who travel and write about it
Forgive me for not writing a little note about each one. The good news is that I would never have met these bloggers/self-publishers without keeping a journal.
And, NOW they are easy for me to find again! YEAH!
Next time: Journal Like a Pro: How To Choose Blogs to Visit
Let me know how you keep track of the blogs you visit, and how you make new friends.
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