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Journaling

I treat this blog as my not so private journal. It helps me record segments of my life and thoughts. I have another two blogs one for my teaching and another one for my research. The one for teaching I use to update students by posting new notes, algorithms, assignments, etc. I found the dynamic blog to be better than a static website. Students like it. I knew that from the studentsโ€™ end of semester evaluation forms. My research blog is not as good as it should be. I found that blogging is not the best way to keep a journal for the research. I use other tools to keep track of my research work.

The most I like about writing in my journal is it reduces stress. I use it as a relaxation tool. It is a way for me to vent. Although, when things get really bad and while I am wearing my black hat I vent into my spiral notebook. Some thoughts are better kept hidden from the public.

Many bloggers left for a younger trendier social media called Twitter. But I donโ€™t think Twitter can replace blogging. Twitter is very helpful when it comes to know something about everything. My best usage of Twitter is to follow the news media I usually browse their websites. Instead of browsing each individual media website, now I can read the latest news headlines from one place and decide what I want to read, skim or ignore. Of course, there are more useful usages of Twitter. I am trying to discover or like them one by one, slowly.

I am still a fan of blogging. I enjoy reading concise one page posts. The Chronicle has a good article about different types of journals and the benefits of journaling:

Journaling regularly relieves stress

Journaling help you keep a list of things you are grateful for

Journaling can help you record your short-term goals to help you achieve them

Journaling reminds yourself of your intentions

Journaling reminds you of your mistakes (to show you how you overcame them)

Journaling allows a place for honesty

Journaling helps you overcome writerโ€™s block

Journaling records the highs and the lows of your year

Journaling provides an outlet for pent up emotions

Journaling gives dreams and ideas a place to grow and be respected

Journaling allows you to gain clarity as you sort through the constant deluge of daily life

The article also provides some helpful links about writing. It also includes some tips on how to start a journal. One suggestion is to start blogging, an idea that I found very useful when I start this blog. When you treat your blog as a journal finding topics becomes much easier. Some topics would find readers others not. Blogging is a very good way to improve your writing. When I read some of my early posts I found many mistakes that I try to correct when I write my newer ones.

Blogging is good. Hopefully to see more Jordanians write blogs. The more the merrier. More blogs means more topics and more diversity. It is good to find some specialized blogs in local affairs, arts, design, advertisements, entertainment, politics, etc.

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9 thoughts on “Journaling

  1. I agree,I tried to get what the deal is with Twitter bs I just can’t see the point 0_O it’s like writing status on Facebook…except that it’s no on Facebook 0_O

    I love blogging and I totally agree that it is a way to let it out,and that some things are better written in your private one.Blogging is also a way of sharing and it is really mind opening,at least it was for me…
    So yeah it is the Awesomest thing ever ๐Ÿ˜€

    Got you their Haitham mine is a7la v_v

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  2. Haitham, sometimes you have to wear the black hat even if you don’t want to ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rain, I guess those who like writing would like blogging more than tweeting.

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  3. Oh I am also a firm believer in blogging. I am getting started with Twitter too – but, as it has already been said, it mostly feels like status updates without Facebook. Blogging allow us to share our thoughts and concerns with others – and discuss issues with like-minded. I also keep a journal offline for my most private thoughts – the ones that do not need sharing with others. And as you mentioned it actually contains an ongoing list of things that I am grateful for. It is a good reminder on my dark days.

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    1. Naddoush,
      I can see you are back to blogging which is good news. Keep it going! I like reading your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I thought since I am in the academic business I should keep writing. It will help me improve my writing when I write technical papers.

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