January 17, 2001    





Do you keep a journal?


Chris2, 15

Yes, I have a journal which describes everytime I have a date w/ a guy and if he is worth seeing again. I keep this just in case a former guy comes back and see exactly why I didn't continue to see him in the first place.

Stephanie, 25

I try to. But I get really busy and I always seem to procrastinate and never write in it. It's a bad habit to get into.

Karen2, 15

Yes, a paper one and an online weblog. Allow me to whore it out a bit here.... http://invisiblegirl.blogspot.com.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

At the present time, I do not keep a journal. I have in the past when for one reason or another I inhabited an alien world and needed a touchstone for reality. I still do jot down bitter thoughts and then destroy the paper.

Jill, 60

I've tried a coupla times, but it keeps falling through. I guess I'm either not meant to have one or it just isn't the right time yet.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

I didnt use to. But one day, my girlfriend gave me this beautful journal with an angel on the front. Im a poet by nature, so alot of my poetry and freelance thought goes in there. it just feels natural to write in there, even though it never had before.

Adrianne, 15

No, though I have occasionally, usually in periods of great stress.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Sometimes I write in one. I wish I had the time to write in it every day though!

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Yeah, but I haven't written in it since October. Unless you count my online diary.

Karen, 21

I used to. The longest I've ever kept one for is 9 months.

Shanna, 15 
Cardiff  ENGLAND

Yes, I'm pretty consistant with it too. It gives me a way to feel like I'm not keeping secrets from people, even when I am.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

Yes. I mostly use it to vent frustration - haven't been writing lately, though, because life has improved (and because I've been too busy playing  with my Palm Pilot).

etoile, 19

I have made many attempts to keep a journal, however I just can remember to do it on any kind of daily basis and have given up. If i had some sort of regular prompting I would do it. Like an email; if there was some sort of online journal thing that sent daily emails I would love it. I hate to think how much of my life is slipping past me that I will forget. All the little details that make things so colorful yet dissapear from memory with time.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

I do and I write in it when 'the spirit moves me' (every few days). My hands hurt from arthritis so I type it on my computer using different fonts and different colors of papers. Then I print it out each day, punch holes in it, and put it in a llose-leaf notebook. I also keep newsletters in there that I receive on the web from a nature group I belong to.

Reba, 51

Yup, I keep a journal, to put my warped and twisted thoughts down on paper.When I have the time and inclination I still do it, but not like every  day.In fact, occasionally I'll re-read something I have written a while ago, just to see what was in my depraved mind at the time.

Bruno, 31
, CO   USA

I keep a memory box. Keeping a regular journal is hard work, so I just have a box into which I throw memorable things. Sometimes that includes a journal entry, but I don't keep a regular journal that charts my life in words.

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

I try to. I did all summer. Then I started writing about my dad and had to stop. It just made me too sad. I'm going to try to start again though.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

No, I used to during school but I forget most of the time to write at the end of the day.

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

When I was in my teens and 20s, I did - faithfully. After that, I became very inconsistent with it and sometimes even months would go by without an entry.  I'd really like to do it again on a regular basis, but I don't know that I am disciplined enough anymore.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Uh huh... I don't write in it everyday but I do when I can. I actually type my entries out and then paste them in- I think that I can get more out and express myself better on the computer. If I'm writing, I tend to overanalyze what I say and it ends up looking stupid or misinterpreted to me.

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch

Writing my thoughts down seems like a redundant process for me.  I've tried at several times during my life to participate in this process, but it didn't give much to me and made me incredibly antsy to do.

Felicia, 34
, MA   USA

No I don't. But I'm considering it; a spiritual journal to keep me on the path that I want to be one.

Laura, 35
, MA   USA

I used to keep a journal and I would write in it everyday or every other day, but I got tired of writing everything down. It was like, I already knew what was going on, and I felt like I was telling somebody else all over again. But, I still keep a dream journal. I like to write down everything I can remember about a dream, and then read it again and again until I figured out what it meant or what it had to do with. I never get tired of doing that.

Lisa J., 22

I've had one for four or five years but I only write in it every few months.

A-Dog, 18

Yes I keep a journal but it seems I can't keep up with it every day as I would like.

Marci, 55
, OH   USA

yup, I write in it most every day. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

yepyep....more of the same. i had one class this morning and that was it. i got paid from my studio assistant job, but the bank's door wouldn't open, so i technically, i'm still broke--can't do much with a check except cash it at the bank. my bike still isn't fixed from the two flats it got a month or two ago. my roommate(s?) still hate me, i'm still trying to get out. my job att eh telephone company laid me adn a bunch of other people off for at least 2 weeks, so i'm trying to get another, higher-paying job. i'm going down to the place tommorrow for an interview. not much happened today because i woke up early, as i do everyday, so i can get out before my roommates wake up. so i was left to wander the streets for an hour or two before class in the early am. i just wandered around adn tagged up. that's it. went to class, my professor is the "you don't want to be here, i dont' want to be here, so let's just get this shit over with." type. he told a few stories, then he let us go. first day, so what much could he say? went to go get my check, marlene said she'd need me next week to come in and draw, met up with chris. ate lunch iwth chris, went to get my class books. went home. tired as hell (now that school's started, i'm asleep at the time of day i'm most awake and awake at the times i'm most asleep). took a nap, later chris joined me and we woke up around 6pm. went to earth celebrations--i'll go into detail about that saturday, when we have rehearsal. it's cool as hell, though. anyway. stayed there for a while, left, played a few games of pool with chris, now i'm here. oh--we did go by the place on st. marks--it's a tiny room, but they built a loft, i felt really comfortable there. it's 575 a month, 1150 to move in. i got an application, i was reading over the fine print. i don't have a cosigner, and i'm pretty much locked in the dorm system at least for the rest of this year. so maybe later. it looks like chris might get a place in the bronx anyway.he had one before, last year, but the lease ran ou t. once we got there late at night, and we had to sneak into the window (it was the front room of a house, the rooms were rented out) he accidentally stepped on his roommate and he though we were theifs. that was funny. once i woke up to gunshots somewhere down the block. it wasn't south central bronx, it was the bedford/kingsbridge area. anyway, that's it for today.

Trisha, 19
New York
, NY   USA

Yeah...It's easier for me to express my feeling in writing instead of expressing them verbally.

Kevin2, 18
Frazier Park

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