View Full Version : Does anybody in the club keep a journal?

04-11-2014, 09:17 AM
Just wondering...

04-11-2014, 11:43 AM
Like a Diary? Ahhh no! :comp:

04-11-2014, 12:40 PM
I do, but I am not consistent about writing in it. Vacations and holidays are a great time to add entries.

Jim Rohn recommends keeping a journal.

04-11-2014, 12:51 PM
I do, but I am not consistent about writing in it. Vacations and holidays are a great time to add entries.

Jim Rohn recommends keeping a journal.

As does Stephen Covey, and I am noticing in my readings that many people that did things of significance did as well:
-Arctic and Antarctic explorers
-Mountaineers - the book about George Mallory I am reading really impressed me as to the ability people 100 years ago had at conveying their thoughts and at the command they had of the English language.

04-11-2014, 12:59 PM
I have no doubt that reading and writing are productive disciplines.

Then when you open to writing to being edited by another, that is even better. And humbling...

04-12-2014, 02:14 AM
Its funny that this was brought up.

I was just having a conversation with my wife down in NZ about this very thing. I feel like we no longer bother with journals because we all have the net. We all post on places like this, or facebook or some other non-sense, but we don't take time to actually write for ourselves, in a way that isn't necessarily intended for another person. Its a record of our thoughts, whereas posting here and elsewhere on the net is a way to convince others of who we want them to think we are. We lose the honesty that we might have if we wrote only for ourselves. It also appears that we could give a crap about language and grammar on the net, as Matt points out that people in the past had a good command of the language.

Matt also points out that great people wrote journals, but I wonder if its possible that most people kept journals back then (maybe they still do, I don't know), but we are only interested in reading about great people.

As for opening your writing up to editing, its a necessary evil to me. Mostly, I find it irritating, though certainly humbling, as Pablo points out. It is a good way to learn, but you have to be careful not to lose your own style as editors tend to push their own way of writing on you, because they feel its better.

However, Matt, you have inspired me to give this a go. You mentioned that explorers of the polar regions kept journals. Well, an explorer I am not, but it just so happens that I am leaving in a month for a remote camp in Greenland north of Summit Station. I am going to try to keep a journal while I am there (a bit over a month), and see how well I can keep up with it.

Perfect timing for this thread!

04-12-2014, 02:38 AM
I haven't really ever done a journal except on specific camping trips etc., I have written down some experiences though. One of my fathers hunting companion kept a journal back to the 70's or early 80's when we were hunting. weather, time of kills, place, weight, etc, etc, 20-30 years later reviewing that data and entries was really cool. Some really good data on when you needed to be alert and when you could nap :D

I've read the lewis and clark journals. they're not bad.

04-12-2014, 08:08 AM
This probably doesn't count as a proper journal but I have a personal blog where I periodically write and process my thoughts in an open forum. I don't pretend to be terribly profound or that great a writer, but sometimes I think better with my fingertips or pen.

Feel free to check it out. Comments and discussion welcome, if interested:


1993 FZJ80

04-12-2014, 12:38 PM
Isaac, the interesting thing reading the book about Mallory is that you're right - almost everyone who was educated seemed to write journals. The book mentions those who were close to Mallory but never achieved fame and has excerpts from their journals as well. I think it may stem more from classical educations as opposed to our American work-training based educations.