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Happy Birthday, #JournalChat!!

Yes, it was one year ago yesterday (yep, it slipped right past me without my realizing!!) that #JournalChat launched on Twitter for all things journaling. I have had a fab time chatting with folks about journaling and posting links Monday thru Friday for all things journaling on Twitter; stuff like prompts, tips, blog posts, articles, interviews, book reviews, workshops, and news all related to journal writing.

I also enjoy choosing the #JournalChat Pick of the Day as well as Runner UP!! for the posts I highly recommend.
I am having so much fun in this journal writing world, taking in all the fresh new stuff going on as well as working with the classic approaches I read about every day.

I hope you'll join me in celebrating #JournalChat's one year anniversary by either leaving a comment or question about journal writing, or post a link or two of your own using the #JournalChat hashtag. All of our celebrating links and tweets will be posted on my blog, Refresh with Dawn Herring on the transcripts page!

So, shall you join me? I look forward to hearing from each of you journal writing enthusiasts!! And if you're new to #JournalChat, welcome and enjoy!!! :)

Be refreshed,
Host of #JournalChat for all things journaling on Twitter
New announcement concerning #JournalChat on Twitter:
Due to my home schooling responsibilities, I am no longer holding #JournalChat sessions for all things journaling on Thursdays at 2 EST. These session are now BY REQUEST ONLY.
HOWEVER: If you would like to request a session for #JournalChat on Twitter, you can email me at where we can agree on a time/date that works for all involved. And, of course, you can post questions/comments using the #JournalChat hashtag any time on Twitter and I will respond.
Since beginning a new chat on Twitter called #JournalChat, for all things journaling, back in March of this year, I have desired to assess the journaling needs of those who follow my @JournalChat account on Twitter.

For those new to the account, I wanted to let you know about the chat I host/moderate for all things journaling. If you journal or would like to get started, #JournalChat has been created with you in mind. It's a place for folks to share the Journaling techniques that have benefited them the most, and for folks to find inspiration and ideas to get started.

Since the last Thursday in March, I have hosted/moderated #JournalChat each Thursday at 2 EST/ 11 PST for one hour. If you want a taste of what a chat entails, you're welcome to go to the transcript/feed link (, go to the bottom of the page, and read several transcripts from previous chats (from the bottom up).

This post is also for those of you who are already aware of and may have participated in #JournalChat.

I would like to assess whether or not I am meeting the journaling needs of those who follow me on my @JournalChat account.

1. Would you find the hour-long preset #JournalChat a benefit to you in your journaling experience and would you like to attend and participate in one?

2. Does the #JournalChat time of 2 EST/1 CST/11 PST currently meet your needs, or do you find this time inconvenient due to other obligations? If this time doesn't work for you, what time would be better with it still scheduled on Thursdays?

3. Are you aware that #JournalChat is also an ongoing chat, where if you post a question or comment, I will respond to you anytime? Does the ongoing #JournalChat meet your journaling needs?

4. Do you feel your journaling needs are met through the ongoing #JournalChat, or would you also like to participate in a preset hour for #JournalChat, which is currently at 2 EST on Thursday?

5. Would your journaling needs be met without a preset hour long #JournalChat with the option of the ongoing #JournalChat always available to you?

If you would like to participate in this assessment and let me know if you are interested in a preset Hour long #JournalChat at a time that is convenient for you, you can leave a comment here on my blog, a comment on the Facebook page, a private message through Twitter, or you can email me direct at

I will be announcing the results of the assessment after I have received your replies to determine what I will do in the future concerning #JournalChat in order to meet your journaling needs. Your participation in this assessment is most appreciated!! Thanks in advance!

A Survey: The JournalChat Twitter Stream

I am an avid passionate supporter of journal writing. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I post links for all things journaling with #JournalChat as the hashtag.

I wanted to do a survey of sorts to determine if what I am posting is beneficial to those who follow my Twitter stream.

If you enjoy the following links/posts on Twitter, please comment below to let me know what works for you.

Here is a list of the different types of posts you will find in the JournalChat Twitter Feed:

1. Links to blog posts and articles on the web that either talk about the benefits of journaling or give ideas on how to get started.

2. Links to blog posts and articles on the web that give tips, prompts, and ideas for journaling or focus on a specific type of journaling for specific age groups or interests.

3. Links to websites or articles that give information for journaling workshops.

4. Links to resource pages that list books and related information for journaling

5. Links to interviews of folks who use journaling either as a writer or in general in dealing with a specific challenge in their life.

6. Links to blog posts from folks I know personally (i.e. on Twitter or Facebook) who write about journaling or give journaling prompts and tips.

7. Tweets that provide encouragement or tips or answers to journaling questions you have asked

8. Links to my personal blog for the weekly JournalChat Twitter feed for each week, for those links you might have missed to all of the journaling resources I have posted

9. My journaling resource link page on my website,

10. My journaling tips and prompts posted on my blog

That's the list of the posts you will find in my Twitter JournalChat stream. Please comment below and let me know what has benefited you the most. Let me know if you follow both of my accounts on Twitter or just one. (My accounts are @DawnHerring (formerly @journalwriter7) and @JournalChat.)

Your participation is greatly appreciated. You are welcome to share my Twitter accounts with your journaling friends so they can benefit from the #JournalChat Twitter Stream each week. Remember, you can check out my weekly post on my blog at You're also welcome to become a fan of my JournalWriter Freelance page at

Be refreshed,
Dawn Herring
JournalWriter Freelance
Creator of JournalChat on Twitter

Journaling is one of my passions. I've kept a journal for over twenty years with over 40 volumes filled. The longer I have journaled, the more I have benefited from it. It has been a terrific mental, spiritual, and emotional therapy for me. It's a great place to unload and unwind, to relax mostly in preparation for a good night's sleep, although I do occasionally write in it during the day if something has enough importance not to wait til later. :)

I host and moderate a new ongoing chat on Twitter called #JournalChat. The purpose of #JournalChat is to provide a place for those who journal to share the benefits and techniques they use when they journal. It is also a place where those who want to try journaling can be inspired and receive encouragement and support as they get started.
I highly recommend journaling for all dimensions of life. Thus, I enjoy sharing my personal experience with journaling with those interested or already enjoying the journaling life.

You're welcome to join me anytime on Twitter to talk about all things journaling.
If you have an account with Twitter, just use the hashtag #JournalChat to join the conversation. If you don't have an account, just sign up and join us!

You're welcome to follow both of my accounts on Twitter: @JournalChat for all things journaling and @DawnHerring (formerly @journalwriter7), which is my personal account.

If you have any questions you would like addressed with #JournalChat, just leave a comment.

Be refreshed,
Dawn Herring
JournalWriter Freelance

Popular Posts

Dawn's #JournalChat Favorite (formerly Pick of the Day)

You can now view Dawn's #JournalChat Favorites on my website:

Wednesday's Pick (9/27) Dream Journaling Puts Your Dream Fairy Back to Work for You by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (9/24) Journal, Breathe, Dissolve by Cate Baily

Monday's Pick (9/23) How to Keep a Career Journal by Dolly Garland

Wednesday's Pick (9/18) How Journaling Makes Everything Better by Faith Watson

Tuesday's Pick (9/17) The Simple Way to Leave Your Stress at Work by Drake Baer

Monday's Pick (9/16) Why Did You Stop Journaling? by Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday's Pick (9/11) 21 Ways I Use My Notebook by Mike Swickey

Tuesday's Pick (9/10) 5 Reasons Why Journaling is the Ultimate Tool for Self-Development

Monday's Pick (9/9) Allowing Space by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (8/28) From Journal to Memoir by Sharon Lippincott

Tuesday's Pick (8/27) The Dark Side of Journaling by Leary Gates

Monday's Pick (8/26) The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome by Laura Vanderkam

Wednesday's Pick (8/21) "What Should I Write in My Journal?" by Quinn McDonald

Tuesday's Pick (8/20) 7 Tips I Have Learned About Connecting with My Purpose for Writing My Memoir by Kathleen Pooler

Monday's Pick (8/19) Beyond Certainty by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (8/14) Making the Mind-Body Connection by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (8/13) Writing Prompts that Always Work by Christine Houser

Monday's Pick (8/12) What's Your Story by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (8/7) 5 Reasons Journaling is a Life Changing Skill by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (8/6) A Two Step Journaling Process (for when you're feeling stuck or scared by Jill Winski

Monday's Pick (8/5) Blogging vs. Journaling by Diana Raab

Wednesday's Pick (7/31) Christian Journaling: Will Letters to God Overcome Resistance? by Thomas Freeman

Tuesday's Pick (7/30) Write It, Speak It, Just Try It by Michael Eric Frye

Monday's Pick (7/29) Pen to Paper: Soulful, Loving and Guilt Free Self-Care through Reflective Journaling by Lynda Monk

Wednesday's Pick (7/24) Voices in the City School by Dr. Julie Ann Connor

Tuesday's Pick (7/23) Start a Journaling Practice by Minette Riordan

Monday's Pick (7/22) Journal for Decisions Making by Mari McCarthy

Wednesday's Pick (7/17) Happy Beads by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (7/16) 360 Degree Journal Writing Tool by John Robson

Monday's Pick (7/15) Journal to the Center of Yourself by Jordan Rosenfeld

Wednesday's Pick (7/10) To Make Better Decisions, Map Them Out by Drake Baer

Tuesday's Pick (7/9) Comfort in Journaling by Susan Wilson

Monday's Pick (7/8) Don't Forget to Check Inside by Jill Winski

Wednesday's Pick (6/26) 5 Steps to Hot Summer Journaling by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (6/25) How Art Journaling Saved My Life (and what it can do for you) by Kristal Norton

Monday's Pick (6/24) Journaling Your Way to Personal Growth by Marquita Herald

Wednesday's Pick (6/19) What is the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary day? by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (6/18) Dear Diary: The Importance of Keeping a Journal by Victoria Herrera

Monday's Pick (6/17) Why You Need to Run a Timelog (and How To Do It) by Scott H. Young

Wednesday's Pick (6/12) Coach's Corner: Danielle's Journal by Kim Ades

Tuesday's Pick (6/11) Journaling to the Center: How Writing Encourages Insight and Healing by Douglas Mitchell

Monday's Pick (6/10) Journal Writing: 5 Smart Reasons Why YOU Should Start Doing It TODAY by Ericson Ay Mires

Wednesday's Pick (6/5) Writing for Your Children by Hugh Roberts

Tuesday's Pick (6/4) Art Journal Inspiration: Open Up Your Journal and Play by Tammy Garcia

Monday's Pick (6/3) Journaling Time: Let's Take a Fearless Inventory by Terri Cole

Friday's Pick (5/31) "Dear Journal" - Journaling Insights #2 by Juliet Platt

Wednesday's Pick (5/29) A Question of Privacy by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (5/28) Transformative Journal Writing by Janine VanderWhitte, LPC

Wednesday's Pick (5/22) Journaling: What I Learned About Tomorrow by Karen Samford

Tuesday's Pick (5/21) DIY Solo Retreat: Portrait of Self by Tina Bradley

Monday's Pick (5/20) Reflections on My Mother’s Circle of Love: A Memoir Moment by Kathleen Pooler

Wednesday's Pick (5/15) Creating the Space for Self-Exploration by Isabelle Rizo

Tuesday's Pick (5/14) Keeping a Journal Can Facilitate Good Writing by Sheila Bender

Monday's Pick (5/13) 10 Things You Should Write in Your Productivity Journal by Craig Jarrow

Friday's Pick (5/10) Write In Your Journal: Defrag Your Brain by Ruth Folit

Wednesday's Pick (5/8) Journaling: The Best Kept Secret for Staying in Shape by Karen Ficarelli

Tuesday's Pick (5/7) Journal Writing: Tweets for the Tweeps by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (5/6) Six-Word Stories, Statements, and Exclamations: A Journaling Exercise by Eleanor Haley

Friday's Pick (5/3) Become an outrageous rock star – or write a journal by Juliet Platt

Tuesday's Pick (4/30) 12 New Ways to Get Your Journal On by Stephanie Seibel

Monday's Pick (4/29) Journaling Your Way to Discovery by Angela Wilkinson

Friday's Pick (4/26) Get More You Into Your Art Journal Pages by Tammy Garcia

Wednesday's Pick (4/24) How to Overcome Creative Blocks by Hannah Braime

Monday's Pick (4/22) Purposeful Pathway Biz Tip: Business Journaling by Caroline Gavin

Friday's Pick (4/19) Perfect Health: Journal Writing Your Way to a Better Body by Mari McCarthy

Wednesday's Pick (4/17) 5x5x5: The Simple Way to Achieve Your Big Hairy Audacious Goals by Hannah Braime

Tuesday's Pick (4/16) "If Only..." 3 Fun Journal Writing Prompts by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (4/15) Inviting Silence by Daisy Ann Hickman

Friday's Pick (4/12) How Journal Writing Pushed Me Beyond My Limits by Joseph Bernard, Ph. D.

Wednesday's Pick (4/10) 4 Ways to Use Journaling to Calm Your Inner Critic by Hannah Braime

Tuesday's Pick (4/9) Kicking Fear to the Curb with Journaling by Jasmine Cianflone

Monday's Pick (4/8) Why Journal Writing is Soul Work by Lynda Monk

Friday's Pick (4/5) Continuous Reinvention=Blossoming Potentials by Tina Bradley

Wednesday's Pick (4/3) Write Into Your Pain by Amber Lea Starfire

Tuesday's Pick (4/2) Self Care Is NOT Selfish Care by Amy Frost

Friday's Pick (3/29) I Am sure of myself by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (3/27) Speed Journaling: Get Your Self Unstuck Write Away by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (3/26) Journaling for Self-Care: The Healing Power of Writing by Lynda Monk

Monday's Pick (3/25) Emotional Vomit on the Page by Julie Luek

Friday's Pick (3/22) Thursday Q&A // Journaling by Sarah Danaher

Wednesday's Pick (3/20) Which Is Better: Inspiration or Influence? by Cynthia Morris

Tuesday's Pick (3/19) Behavior Modification for the Creative Soul by Quinn McDonald

Monday's Pick (3/18) Teaching Children to Write by Jill Schoenberg

Friday's Pick (3/15) 3 Tips to Attract Abundance by Bethany Butzer, Ph.d.

Wednesday's Pick (3/13) I AM These Thirteen Things by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (3/12) Wings--Art Journal by Norma Gomez

Monday's Pick (3/11) Clarity Heals Suffering by Nathan Ohren

Friday's Pick (3/8) Journaling Techniques: Writing on the Stream of Consciousness by Amber Lea Starfire

Wednesday's Pick (3/6) The Many Health Benefits of Journal Writing by Beth Miller

Tuesday's Pick (3/5) Art Journal Tip: Meditate with a Mandala by Valerie Storey

Monday's Pick (3/4) Feed Yourself Images-It's Good for You by Jill Winski

Friday's Pick (3/1) Tossed Aside by Daisy Ann Hickman

Wednesday's Pick (2/27) How to Use and Create Masks with Mixed Media Collage by Erin Leigh

Tuesday's Pick (2/26) The Doodle as SoulStory by Kristen Radden

Monday's Pick (2/25) How Food Journaling Helped Me Become a More Intuitive Eater by Sean Devenport

Wednesday's Pick (2/20) Taking Action on What You Know by Jill Winski

Tuesday's Pick (2/19) Journal to Find Your Core Self by Mari McCarthy

Monday's Pick (2/18) 10 Journaling Tips to Help You Heal, Grow, and Thrive by Loran Hills

Wednesday's Pick (2/13) Want to Start Journaling? Write One Sentence Per Day by Chamonix Thurston-Rattue

Tuesday's Pick (2/12) The Best Kept Secret in the Business of Ideas! by Kerry Kilpatrick

Monday's Pick (2/11) The Benefits of Keeping a Work Journal by Madeline Stilley

Wednesday's Pick (2/6) Keeping a Cancer Journal: Your Private Healing Journey by Dr. Laurie Nadel

Tuesday's Pick (2/5) Journal to Memoir: Planting Seeds for Story by Kathleen Pooler

Friday's Pick (2/1) Write Your Way to Change in the New Year by Debra Marrs

Wednesday's Pick (1/30) 10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal by Emily Temple

Tuesday's Pick (1/29) Journal Writing: 10 Tips for Kids by Jill Schoenberg

Monday's Pick (1/28) What Are You Committed To? by Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (1/25) What to Write in Your Fancy Schmancy Journal by Ian Duncan

Wednesday's Pick (1/23) How to Restart Your Journaling Habit by Nathan Ohren

Tuesday's Pick (1/22) Art Journaling: Eyes Like Rudolph's Nose by Julie Kirk

Monday's Pick (1/21) Keeping a Writer's Journal by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (1/18) Three Fun Journaling Techniques to Open Your Heart after Brain Injury by Barbara Stahura

Wednesday's Pick (1/16) Uniquely You by Rachel Thomasian

Tuesday's Pick (1/15) 31 January-Themed Creative Writing Prompts by Jill Schoenberg

Monday's Pick (1/14) What Should I Write In My Journal by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (1/11) Keep a Daily Journaling Practice Forever by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (1/8) Blueprint for Daily Living by Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (1/7) Create the Life You Want- Start an Action Journal by Sherri Carter, MS

Friday's Pick (1/4) Preview 2013: Ten Journaling Questions to Help You Envision Your Ideal Life Next Year by Rosetta Thurman

Wednesday's Pick (1/2) Awakened Consciousness by Dr. Micheal Pearlman

Wednesday's Pick (12/19) Journaling by Rachel Thomasian

Tuesday's Pick (12/18) The Secret to Happiness and Productivity by Ken Makovsky

Monday's Pick (12/17) Journal Joy by Rebecca Jensen

Friday's Pick (12/14) 5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (and creating the life you want) by Dolly Garland

Wednesday's Pick (12/12) Writing From Your Heart by Jacqui Malpass

Tuesday's Pick (12/11) Eleven ways to write away worry in a journal for a better night’s sleep by Debra DiPietro

Monday's Pick (12/10) Vulnerability and Courage by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (12/7) 7 Astounding Benefits of Journal Writing by Juliet Platt

Wednesday's Pick (12/5) Make Travel Journaling Fun! by Jennifer Miller

Wednesday's Pick (11/28) Writing Tools: The Journal by Nutschell Windsor

Tuesday's Pick (11/27) 5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Journal Writing When the Words Won’t Flow by Adela Rubio

Monday's Pick (11/26) My Gratitude Journal Taught Me I am a Food-Obsessed, Greedy Cheater Who Still Loves Life by Jayleigh Lewis

Friday's Pick (11/16) Finding the Real You by Lynn Sambrano

Wednesday's Pick (11/14) Do You Aspire to Mediocrity? by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (11/13) Wouldn't It Be Interesting If...By Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (11/9) How Writing Saved My Weary, Pushed-to-the-Edge, New-Mother Soul by Karen Horneffer-Ginter, PhD

Wednesday's Pick (11/7) Travel Tuesdays: Writing and Reflecting by Michelle Cusolito

Tuesday's Pick (11/6) From Journal to Memoir: The Floorplan of Your Mind by Rita Jacobs, PhD

Monday's Pick (11/5) From Journal to Memoir: Capturing the Past through Sense Memory by Rita Jacobs, PhD

Friday's Pick (11/2) Just the Way You Are by Melanie Kindrachuk

Wednesday's Pick (10/31) A Journal Writing Prompt Blooms in My Garden by Ruth Folit

Tuesday's Pick (10/30) Want to Know Yourself Better? Ask Yourself These Questions by Gretchen Rubin

Monday's Pick (10/29) Moments Journal Writing Prompt by Karna Converse @LiteraryMama

Friday's Pick (10/26) Writing in My Journal by Carol Berg

Wednesday's Pick (10/24) Dealing with Fear This Halloween by Debra DiPietro

Tuesday's Pick (10/23) Journal Writing Ideas: Daily Gratitudes by Melissa Donovan

Monday's Pick (10/22) Art Journaling: No Rules by Leah Michon

Friday's Pick (10/19) How Writing Saved My Life by Amanda Duran

Wednesday's Pick (10/17) Make Journal Writing Therapy Your New Wake Up Call by Mari McCarthy

Tuesday's Pick (10/16) The Importance of Journaling by Ehen Akpan

Friday's Pick (10/12) Use Your Journal for Storytelling Practice by Amber Lea Starfire

Wednesday's Pick (10/10) 15 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Right Now by Amy Shearn

Tuesday's Pick (10/9) Feeling Like a Fraud? Fearlessly Embrace and Own All the Good! By Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (10/8) Journal Writing Therapy Playing Word Association by Mari McCarthy

Friday's Pick (10/5) A Weekend Wondering Exercise: What Will You Change? by Stacy Vajta

Tuesday's Pick (10/2) How to Get Past Fears That Stop You From Living Your Dreams by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (9/25) Writing in Your Dream Journal by Debra DiPietro

Monday's Pick (9/24) Letting Go by Sarah Richardson

Friday's Pick (9/21) A Weekend Wondering Exercise: Your Inner Critic by Stacy Vajta

Wednesday's Pick (9/19) What to do with the "E" word by Yvonne Root

Tuesday's Pick (9/18) What You See is What You Remember by Quinn McDonald

Monday's Pick (9/17) 16 Life Lessons Learned from Journaling by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (9/14) The Confusing Lines We Draw by Quinn McDonald

Wednesday's Pick (9/12) Do You Feel Guilty When You Don't Journal? by Dolly Garland

Tuesday's Pick (9/11) From Journal to Memoir: 8 Reasons to Keep a Journal by Rita D. Jacobs, PhD

Monday's Pick (9/10) Key Words: The Madeleines of Journal Writing by Joycelyn Campbell

Friday's Pick of the Day (9/7) How to Journal with Your Teen by Candy Gibbs

Wednesday's Pick (9/5) Journaling as a Tool to Reduce Pre-Teen Stress by Jill Schoenberg

Tuesday's Pick (9/4) Wise Choices by Bruce Black

Friday's Pick (8/31) Journal Writing and Memoir: Using Your Journals for Research by Kat Collins

Wednesday's Pick (8/29) Journal Writing Shifts by Shannon

Tuesday's Pick (8/28) De-Clutter Your Cranium to Make Room for the Good Stuff by Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (8/27) One Journal for Everything or Separate Journals for Different Things? by Dolly Garland

Friday's Pick (8/24) Spark Your Self Acceptance with Three Small Questions by Rosie Molinary

Wednesday's Pick (8/22) Ahhh...Am I Really Ready for the Next Level?!?! by Molly Rider

Monday's Pick (8/20) Celebrating a Reached Goal by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (8/17) Writing the Chapters of Your Life by Patti Testerman

Wednesday's Pick (8/15) Daily Creative Practice by Effy Wild

Tuesday's Pick (8/14) Warp Your Journal by Joel Basgall

Monday's Pick (8/13) When One Door Closes, Another Opens by Debra DiPietro

Friday's Pick (8/10) Re-Frame Your Fear of Failure by Terri Cole

Wednesday's Pick (8/8) 5 Ways to Develop Your Writing Style by Lisa Cherry

Tuesday's Pick (8/7) Journaling as a Coping Device by Kelley Harrell

Monday's Pick (8/6) Seeking Serenity: Journaling for Mindfulness by Bruce Black

Friday's Pick (8/3) Why I Gave Journaling Another Try by Leary Gates

Wednesday's Pick (8/1) How to Make Your Writing Pop and Shine by Jessica Morrow

Tuesday's Pick (7/31) Self-Confidence: What Is It, and Where Does It Come From by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (7/30) So I Will Write It All Down by Vivienne Borne

Friday's Pick (7/27) The Naked Writer by Laura M. Talley

Wednesday's Pick (7/25) The 5 Blessings of Keeping a Journal by Bruce Black

Tuesday's Pick (7/24) The Elevator Pitch the Write Way by Joanna Tebbs Young

Monday's Pick (7/23) Something Yours by Patty Froese

Friday's Pick (7/20) Journals and A Writing Exercise by Lauren B. Davis

Wednesday's Pick (7/18) Do You Have the Disease to Please? by Terri Cole

Tuesday's Pick (7/17) The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal by Michael Hyatt

Monday's Pick (7/16) Jealousy: How to Work Through It by Quinn McDonald

Friday's Pick (7/13) What Are You Making Time for in Your Life? by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (7/11) Journaling After Brain Injury by Barbara Stahura

Tuesday's Pick (7/10) 8 Ways Journaling Can Help Simplify Your Thoughts by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (7/9) I Create; Therefore I Am by Julie Flygare

Friday's Pick (7/6) Journal Writing with Children by Michelle

Monday's Pick (7/2) The Art of Journal Writing by Elizabeth Beck

Friday's Pick (6/29) Write for the Health of It: Five Reasons Why Writing is Good for Us by Debra DiPietro

Wednesday's Pick (6/27) Where is the Happy Happening? by Terri Cole

Monday's Pick (12/26) Day 12: The Ritual to Get You Writing by Quinn McDonald

Wednesday's Pick (12/21) Creative Writing for Kids by Jill Schoenberg

Tuesday's Pick (12/20) Journaling for Self-Discovery by Rosie Molinary

Friday's Pick (12/16) Journal Writing Prompt 31-Priorities by Dolly Garland

Monday's Pick (12/19) Keep a Dream Journal-Why Bother? by Patti Testerman

Today's #JournalChat Pick of the Day

Thursday's Pick (9/29) Hey, Good Lookin'! by Mari McCarthy

Thursday's Pick (9/15) Journaling video by Will Steger

Thursday's Pick (9/1) A Challenge and Some Journalng Prompts by Amy Sorensen

Friday's Pick (8/19) Altars to Remember by Amanda

Friday's Pick (7/29) Joys of Journaling #4: A Heartfelt Journal Story by Jill Schoenberg

Wednesday's Pick (7/27) How to Motivate Yourself by Writing a Journal Entry About a Day That Hasn't Started by Caryna St. John

(6/14): Journaling Your Travel with Book Journals

(6/13) Last Seen....Journaling

(6/10) Joy of Journal Writing

(6/9) Using Your Journal to Clear Your Clutter

(6/7) Personal Journaling Sure Beats a Bad Day

(6/6) 4 Journal Writing Prompts to Spark New Insights

(6/3) "What Oprah Knows For Sure"-#1

(6/2) Sharing Your Thank You and Love through Personal Journaling

(6/1) Kid Quotes are the Best

(5/31) Journaling-The Art of Deep Communication with the Self

(5/30) Spiral-Bound and Spellbound

(5/27) Dare to Dream

(5/26) What Lies Beneath

(5/25) Biggest Mistake Forgiven

(5/24) Journaling Prompt: Summer Fun

(5/23) Journal Writing Your Wrong Ways

(5/20) Journaling Techniques for Writers with Tina M. Games

(5/19) How to Journal

(5/18) Travel Journal For Kids

(5/17) Planning Ahead, Looking Back

(5/16) Journal Writing Prompt 21: Right Now

(5/13)Mind Your P's and Q's: Part V

(5/10) Art Journaling Prompt: Happiness

(5/09) Journaling with Photos

(5/6) MIA by Rachel with Pen to Paper

(5/5) How to Combine Reflective Writing with Meditation and Yoga

(5/4) Journaling

(5/3) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: The Nature of Resistance

(5/2) Collages, Your Mom, and more

(4/29) Dear Diary: The 4 Payoffs from Writing a Work Journal

(4/28) Secrets Journaling Prompt

(4/27) The Miracle of Mindfulness

(4/26) Your Philosophy

(4/25) Journal Writing Basics: Ask How

(4/22) What Inspires You? What Excites You?

(4/21) Journal Writing Prompt 18: Busy Life/Stress/Responsibilities

(4/19) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Expanding Creativity

(4/18) How to Keep a Journal

(4/15) Journal-Keeping: Tips and Ideas for Writers

(4/14) Mind Your P's and Q's: Part I

(4/13) Journal Writing Through Life's Passages: Moving

(4/12) Appreciate Journaling: Children Need to Write

(4/11) Journaling for Healing, Health, and Happiness

(4/7) Yellow Legal Pad

(4/6) Meet Brooke Snow! An Amazing Mom!

(3/30) Let the Left Brain Know What the Right Brain is Doing: An Interview with Dr. Lucia Capacchione

(3/28) Movies Journal Prompt

(3/25) The Power of Forgetting

(3/24) Ten Ways to Keep a Great Diary

(3/23) Journal to the Soul

(3/22) A Reflective Writing Honoring of Women's History Month

(3/21) A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Vulnerability

(3/18) How Journaling Changed My Life: Receiving Journal Insight

(3/10) Memories

(3/3) High School Writing Journal Topics

(3/2) Why Write? Journaling to Achieve Your Goals

(2/28) Nature Journaling: Finding Your Own Way

(2/25) On Keeping a Journal

(2/24) Tips for a Successful Morning

(2/23) Book Review: Writers and Their Notebooks

(2/22) Engaging Student Writers with Blogging

(2/21) Can Journal Writing Prompts be a Tool of Personal Transformation?

(2/18) Journal Writing can help you avoid anxiety and depression

(2/17) What do you wish someone had told you?

(2/16) Journaling 101, Part 6 of 8: Identify Your Strengths

(2/15) Sturdy Love

(2/14) Journaling Your Memories

(2/11) Notebook Addict of the week: Cassie

(2/10) Your Personal Journal Shows You the Lovin' this Valentines Day

(2/9) Journaling by Hand vs. Computer: The results are in!

(2/8) Benefits of Reflective Journal Writing

(2/7) The First Step for Every Big Idea

(2/4) #Journaling Sensory Details: What we hear

(2/3) Special Needs Support-Journaling

(2/2) Writer Wellness, A Writer's Path to Health and Creativity

(2/1) Writing as a Practice of Self-love: Write yourself a Love Letter

(1/31) Demonstrating Love

(1/27) Journal Buddies: A Boy's Journal for Discovering and Sharing Excellence Review

(1/26) Journaling: A Family Habit

(1/25) Journal Writing Through Life's Passages: Deciding to start a family

(1/24) Q & A a day

(1/21) Creative Writing Prompts

(1/20) The Art of Keeping a Journal

(1/19) Keeping a journal

(1/18) Journal Writing Basics: 5 ways to get started and keep going

(1/17) Pen and Paper: Journaling the Non-beautiful

(1/14) Famous Mark Twain quotes on Life: A journal writing prompt

(1/13) Journal your way to a better life

(1/12) 7 things you taught me in 1 year

(1/11) Your guide for writing in a journal

(1/10) Are these emotional vampires draining you?

(1/7) Journaling with Children

(1/6) Memory Keepsake: Make your own happiness journal

(1/5) Accessing Your Authentic Self

(1/4) Journal Writing: 11 tips to stay motivated in 2011

(1/3/11) Happy New Year!

(12/30) Journaling Gremlin #3: One Track Tilly

(12/29) The Advantages of Journaling

(12/28) The Power of Therapeutic Writing and Poetry

(12/27) Journal Writing Sense: Writing from the Right Side of the Brain

(12/23) The World of Journaling

(12/22) Dreams and Journal Writing

(12/21) And the Winner - Journaling Over Stress

(12/20) Why is Journaling Important?

(12/17) The Power of Life Journaling

(12/16) 2011 Planning - Journal

(12/15) Journal Writing...

(12/14) From 1 Journal to 100 posts

(12/13) Book review: Discover your dharma

(12/10) Family Journaling: Creating a Positive Atmosphere in your home!

(12/9) Hunters go out, armed with pen, to document adventures

(12/8) Journaling: The Ultimate Gift for your children

(12/7) Daily Inspiration for Journal Writing: Anthony Doerr

(12/6) Why I'll write forever

(12/3) Book Review on Color Learn and Play

(12/2) Use Journaling to Face Your Financial Fears

(12-1) About Writing Journals and Writer's Block

(11/30) Journal Writing (with quotes on benefits)

(11/29)Serious thought on forgiveness and family

(11/26)Journal Writing Prompt on sibling relationship

(11/24) Real Kids Stuff Journaling Ideas

(11/23) Writing Through Gratitude

(11/22) Family Journal Project

Book-Reading, Journal-Writing, and Art...What Fun! by Tara Chapman

Journaling Map by Angela Caughlin, author of Journaling Through

Meet a Journal Keeper: Dave Terry

Hidden wisdom and letters to the self

Faith Journaling

Blogtalk: Learning More With Reflective Journaling

Meet Chuck Hawley: a journal keeper

Journaling Prompts with focus on Gratitude

Sumptuous Sunday

Journal Therapy: Grief Journal Exercise #1

Simple Happy

Fifth graders' family letters open dialogue

I am confident journaling prompt

How a dance teacher uses journaling with students

Am I a Quitter?

Taking A Page from Jewish Journaling


Interview with Diana Raab

An introduction to Journal Writing

Venting in your journal: an ode to the rant

In my dreams for October 18

How Keeping a Journal helps me blog

How to Journal through Sickness to Health

Journaling by Hand blog post

Journaling is another form of integrity and honesty Blog post

Three Steps Toward Yourself (as published in SFC Newsletter, Dec 08 edition)

Accountability: to give a reckoning or explanation for one’s actions, responsible.

When most people think of accountability, they often negatively associate it with answering to others, such as a spouse, a friend, a mentor, or, in most cases, a boss. As a writer, you are your own boss, which is one of the reasons that you need to be accountable to yourself. And it can be a positive experience rather than a negative one.

The first step in being accountable to yourself as a writer is setting goals for your writing and keeping track of projects you want to finish. Incurring a deadline for yourself can help
motivate you in this area. This step can also include daily writing goals. Some authors plan how many words or pages per day they will write.
I’ve set goals for myself as a writer by making them reachable and attainable. This year I have set a goal to write at least one scene for my novel per week and at least one other piece,
whether it be memoir or essay, per week. That can mean just making notes, writing a first draft, or revising a draft.
As long as your goals keep you moving forward and you’re making progress, then you know you’re headed in the right direction.

Once you have your goals set, the next step in accountability to yourself is writing down what you accomplish each day. You can use a daily calendar just for writing or keep track of your
daily accomplishments on your computer. I designed a custom monthly writing calendar. It helps me track what I write daily, whether or not I’ve met my goal for the week, and it has
space for ideas for future writing pieces. I also have a spot to keep track of books I’m reading for that month. I use abbreviations to keep the daily writing easier and to save space. As I review each completed month, I can go back to see what I’ve accomplished and keep track of when I wrote each piece.
Whether you use something pre-made or customize something for yourself, use whatever works for you and helps you stay accountable to yourself.

A third, and perhaps most important, aspect in accountability in your writing is taking care of yourself as a writer. Than can mean giving yourself space and not being hard on yourself if
you don’t reach your goals each day or each week.
Flexibility and refreshment are paramount to your health as a writer. It also frees up your creativity and can actually help you produce more quality writing in the long run.
I enjoy writing in my journal, reading fiction or memoir, and watching a good movie with my family. Taking a walk, listening to music, talking with your family members, and just taking time to sit and enjoy life are all ways you can be good to
yourself—and ultimately accountable—as a writer.

Learn to celebrate your accomplishments and your uniqueness as a writer. That’s one of the best ways to be accountable—to yourself!