I believe that keeping some sort of a record is important. It’s a good way to remember things that have happened, a good way to recall fun memories, a good way to not repeat bad history, and a good way to preserve precious memories.
I always say I’m going to do really well at journey writing, but the truth is, it can be really hard to be consistent. I know that writing sometimes is better than never writing, and this is something I really want to get better at. I figure if I write about it for all the world to see, I have to do better, right?
So there are a lot of different ways to journal. I, personally, have a family blog where I write all the important things that I think other people might be interested in. I also have a private blog where I write things that don’t want others to read but I want to remember for myself.
One thing I really recommend if you do blog as a form of keeping a journal is to periodically have your blog printing. Traci is going to do some tutorials on that later in the month. I say this because at one point, I went to sign onto my blog and it was gone. GONE. Four years of blogging and pictures and memories… GONE! I have heard of this happening from time to time on Blogger. I was lucky. After a few days and a couple emails, my blog magically reappeared. Since then, I have gotten the first two years of my blog printed, and I’m working on getting the rest printed. I strongly suggest you do, too.
Another way to journal is to keep a One Line A Day Journal . This is a simple journal that you write just one line in every day. I started doing this in a notebook but when I found a journal specifically made for this, I bought that. It made it much easier. The link up here is for a line a day journal that will last five days. It’s amazing how one small line can help me remember what happened during a day.
Another way to journal is to keep an actual family journal. A journal where each family member writes in it every so often. You can set this up however you’d like. It can be a free write thing each week or you can use prompts. I have come up with a list of 25 prompts that can be good to get the ideas flowing. It can be a really fun way to come closer as a family and have a precious book that will be cherished for years to come.
What does your family do to keep a record of the past?Share