You know I am inspired by Sue Neal’s postregarding her keeping a journal besides blogging on writeclever.com. What a swell idea to keep your own journal where you can write almost anything. Just be yourself. Don’t worry what you have to say because it’s only you who is going to read it. That’s the beauty of having a journal and so I’m back on Insane Journal.
So what the heck is an Insane Journal?
InsaneJournal is the live diary I have kept online for years. Isn’t that a little crazy for a domain name? *laughs* You’re right. The first time I saw this domain I was appalled by its name. People might think I’m crazy if I start writing on this journal. So why did they call this insane journal?
Well, Insanejournal started right after Livejournal. As some of you know, Livejournal was a very popular form way back in the early 2000’s. It is like Blogger. In fact, Blogger copied Livejournal. Except Livejournal has been around since ancient times. Not that I’m ancient. But it was one of the most innovative way of communicating with your friends and connecting with a lot of people around the world.
I had Livejournal first then Insanejournal second…
Such a long story but let me tell you once again. I was with Livejournal since the year of 2000-2008.
When Livejournal became so popular, Brad Fitzpatrick (CEO) sold it to the Russians. The rules and policy changed and a lot of people were upset. I’m not going to too much details on this but I only want to tell you so I can explain how did Insanejournal come to existence!
So many platform tried to copy Livejournal but not even one came close to how it was programmed. I tried them all and I was pretty confuse with how the admin on their platform except InsaneJournal.
Insanejournal is the same format like Livejournal.
…since I was pretty upset with the change of rules, I moved to Insanejournal and got a permanent account here instead. I thought this is not owned by some college kid who was anxious to exchange it for money but a humble couple who likes to keep their business maintained just by them.
The wife of InsaneJournal CEO’s said, “This world is insane! So let us call this InsaneJournal.” So Insanejournal is like Livejournal. Same caliber. Same program. Same administration. If you’re familiar with how Livejournal works, you will find InsaneJournal very friendly user. It is the same thing.
Currently, I had been using Pocket a lot just to add some of the interesting headlines I like to read later. But the idea of Pocket dawn on me, this is also pretty good to use to keep my JOURNAL and just tag it as “journal.” This way I have a copy of everything just in case I cannot access Insanejournal. I have a backup of everything.
Sue Neal mentioned on her post that she started writing on her journal for 14 months now. And since she is very serious of becoming a proficient writer, she thought keeping a journal to herself is a good idea. When I read her post, I am truly inspired.
And so I thought I should keep up writing on my journal too. I know I have slacked off from time to time. I tell you I’m very inconsistent right now. And I would like to be more consistent and follow certain pattern that can keep me organized.
Sue emphasized on her post that’s how she accomplished her Kindle book.
And since I want to develop this novel, it is a good idea to mentally visualize little stories by writing daily on this journal. Perhaps this is an excellent way of slicing some of my goals on my New Year’s Resolution. Break them down into smaller goals.
Writing on a journal can motivate and empower you to accomplish your goals. I know in the past 8-years I have journaled, I have learned so much about myself. This is not exactly like a WordPress blog. Insanejournal is a diary that can be kept private “for your eyes only” but if you like you can also share it with your friends on your Friends List. However, your friends have to be registered on Insanejournal in order for them to see your “private” post. Except if your post is on public, everyone can see it. So have it your way!
By the way, Sue did not have Livejournal but she actually wrote on an old fashioned way of having a diary. You can either do one of these. Whichever you feel comfortable with. On a diary online you have your “password protected.” And no prying eyes can get into it unless they know your password. On an old fashioned diary of paper & pencil, you can always lock it and keep it safe. So take your pick.
Over to you…
So what do you think about keeping a journal to yourself? Do you think it’s a good idea for writers or bloggers to practice their writing on a daily journal? What have you experienced lately? Perhaps you can share us your story down the comment below. I would like to hear your feedback on this one.
EDIT: After Karen commented on here, I found out that Karen wrote too on her diary. It is so inspirational to see others write on their daily journal. Read her amazing post here: Writing Your Story.