By Ashley Burchett
Recently, as I began to participate in the realm of blogging, I realized very quickly how terrified I am to blog. My initial take on blog writing style is its conversational, casual tone, oftentimes replicating a stream-of-consciousness method of writing. Blogging seemed a daunting task to set upon, a task which I felt ill-equipped to complete. The concept that anything goes paralyzed my academic soul.
Needless to say, my confidence in writing exists in the realm of academia where the blogosphere exists on the far outskirts of the land as apparitions of my fears and insecurities in a style that was foreign to me. That is, until I realized that I’d been participating in a type of blogging all along: journaling.
Indeed, the way that journaling asks one to seek introspection and translate that introspection into words on a page seems very similar to blogging. In a way, this process is what writing in general asks one to do.
Now, I’m by no means an avid journal-writer; I’ve definitely had an off-and-on relationship with journaling since elementary school. But when I’ve participated in journaling, I’m a better thinker and writer for it. Here’s 3 reasons why you should consider journaling as an outlet to grow your writing and thinking:
1. Journaling strengthens authorial voice.
You can explore your voice within a low-stakes, private environment without the pressure of a public one.
Through the introspection journaling encourages, you can truly dig deep in order to reflect on your personal voice.
Journaling aids you in expressing your own opinions which can help improve oral communication in time.
2. Journaling stimulates creativity.
Stimulates is a key word here because journaling helps you explore and further develop the creativity you already possess. The growth of that existing creativity can often be squelched by not allowing yourself outlets that engage with your creativity.
Journaling provides the freedom to explore any thought, question, etc. in any form you decide to create.
3. Journaling provides documentation/categorization.
Journaling can be a way to document thoughts quickly.
Whether recorded in electronic files or notebooks, journaling can help you maintain a place to organize your thoughts, ideas, and interests.
Journaling can be the threshold of future writing projects. Thoughts you jot down today can transform into that best-selling book years from now.
I’m optimistic that my newfound participation in the outlet of blogging will challenge me as a thinker and writer. What will you do with the valuable outlets available to you? Will you remain writing and thinking only within a realm of style that is comfortable to you? Or, by experiencing various invaluable styles, will you choose to enliven your writing and thinking? Journaling can be one of the many outlets that can offer much to you as a writer and thinker. Existing not only as an outlet but also as a valuable experience, journaling will offer as much as you invest into it.
Ashley is a graduate of The College at Southeastern with a Bachelors in English and in Christian Studies and a minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication. She hopes to pursue a Masters in composition and rhetoric in order to teach English/composition in the future. Ashley enjoys helping others grow in their ability to communicate through writing and believes that the written and spoken word are tools from God that are used to effectively communicate the Gospel and to create beautiful art. She desires that the words of both her mouth and pen invite others to behold the beauty of Christ.