Where do you write that you’ve fallen off your horse?

We have so many places to write about what we are doing, who we are doing it with, where we are doing it, what it looks like, what our friends think about it, and what strangers think about it. But where do you write the things that you really don’t want to broadcast?

Since July, I have been using Day One to journal thoughts (words) and experiences (pictures) that I don’t necessarily want to publish to the world.  Of course, it provides the option to push the magic share button, but in a world of overshare sometimes we need the quiet reflection and collection of our ideas sans comments. The app is beautifully simple and elegantly synchronized among all Apple devices through iCloud. By the way, this is not a paid endorsement in case you are wondering.

Journaling like exercising is one of those things that we all think that we should do, but rarely do we set aside time to do it with discipline. If you’ve ever typed out the nastiest, meanest email only to erase, then you know the catharsis that journaling can provide. There are moments in life when you just need to write about falling off your horse, and quite frankly the whole matter is between you and the page.

How and why do you journal?

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at jeremyfloyd.com and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • Lynda

    I journal using a private blog on Blogger. Since 2006, it has been my haven of private thoughts. I journal to vent, discover, and work through life. As a daily practice, it has helped me tremendously.

  • Do you have any concern about that content ever being exposed?

    Do you go back and review your thoughts from time to time?

  • Interseting post Jeremy… Do you use any of the stuff you save in Day One, for blogposts or something?

    I do not journal in the traditional sense, never have.

    The one journal I do have is public and open.., it’s on Flickr and I post a photo (or video) every day… The past few years have been intense and some personal photo’s have found their way onto the site. Photo’s I never even would’ve taken if it wasn’t for the one photo a day routine. Sometimes I share fears or thoughts.., but never anything that would not share with the world.

    If you’re interested: http://www.flickr.com/photos/noort

  • Well, actually, I composed this post on Day One, and then decided to publish it. 🙂 In all reality, I was having a crap day, and I was sitting down to write about how I had “fallen off my horse,” which would be something that I would journal about and not post, but instead, I wrote about something that people might actually care about. So, generally I write about things that I would not want to share in Day One. I don’t want to whine in public, so I whine to myself. ha!

    I love your flickr feed. You have a great eye. The discipline that you apply to your photo habits is what it takes to be great.

    Thanks Rogier!

  • Thanks for the compliment Jeremy.., really.

    Writing publicly about falling off (and getting back on) can be useful. It can be cathartic for the writer and (very) helpful for the reader.

    But mostly.., thanks for the compliment.

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