Eight Reasons That Bloggers Should Keep a Journal

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Leonardo DaVinci was a very cool guy, and there are many things that make him such a fascinating character and an inspiration to so many. He was a polymath for one, meaning that he excelled in multiple areas, and in many of these he is responsible for incredible breakthroughs and ideas that were well before his time.

At the same time his interests also lay in areas that many of us find fascinating to begin with and that have inspired a lot of fiction and subsequent developments. Flying tanks? What’s not to like?

One of the things that really adds to the allure of this mysterious and genius figure was the fact that he kept journals that contained unfinished ideas and sketches for incredible designs.

This only adds to the mystery and shows what an eccentric and brilliant individual he was – always thinking of new ideas and always innovating.

And so I started keeping a journal myself, and now I can see what attracted DaVinci to them. As a blogger this has helped my site to a huge degree and I believe it can benefit anyone else who runs a website or works online too. Here are eight compelling reasons to start keeping a journal of your own.

You Can Write Down Ideas

Standing in a queue for the bank only to be hit by a brilliant idea for a new post on your blog? Having a journal to hand means you won’t waste this inspiration so you can write it down to come back to later. Make sure your journal is small enough to be carried with you easily.

It’s Like a Million Business Cards

Talking to someone about your website and think you could have a new loyal visitor on your hands? Don’t have a business card to hand? Well tearing a page out of your journal will allow you to give them the address so that they actually remember to go there. Likewise it can also allow you to note down their details for networking purposes.

You Can Develop Your Ideas

If you have an idea for your site whether it’s for an article topic or for a new design element, being able to put it to paper will allow you to develop it further by visualising it and taking notes. This is a great ‘thinking tool’ and one that will result in better innovations – like flying tanks.

Catching Ideas

Catching Ideas

Communicating Ideas

Going back to networking for a moment, being able to draw and annotate is very useful for communicating ideas or information and can save you a lot of time while allowing someone else to grasp an idea.

Practicing Your Craft

As a blogger you need to be able to write well and write often, and like any skill this is something you can improve with practice. With a journal you will be able to practice writing easily in a relaxed manner.

To Do Lists

A blogger has about a million things that he or she should be doing at any time, and this can be hard to keep track of. Making a to-do list enables you to organize your thoughts to ensure you work through everything in order and don’t forget tasks or put them off indefinitely.

It Can Protect Your Ideas

While you should seek to register a copyright or patent any ideas you think are going to make you rich, if you fail to do so in time, having your ideas and your working written down on paper can be useful for helping you to prove you had an idea first.

Tracking Data and Statistics

Keeping track of your earnings and your traffic statistics is important to make sure you keep making positive changes. Using a journal you can make a note of these all in one place that’s quick and easy to access and this way you can visualise otherwise abstract information.

Oh and if people discover it hundreds of years from now you might be recognized as a genius…

This post was contributed by Jeet from GetLinksPro, a fast growing SEO company. You can following him on twitter.

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Comments

  1. says

    There is a multitude of benefits that we can acquire from keeping a journal. It allows us to recount our daily experiences. Record important events. And jot down our ideas.

  2. Abhishek says

    Keeping a journal is a great way to to net letting go some brilliant ideas and thoughts that may pop up any time and anywhere…The advantages you have mentioned here are bang on..Thanks for sharing.

  3. says

    I’ve had journals since I started to write and it’s a habit I have never gotten rid of and frankly I’m thankful. Writers should always be jotting their ideas and listing their thoughts.

  4. says

    Journaling dates back in the olden days when cavemen would write on their wall regarding their everyday life. Today we have access to the latest innovations that help us document our lives easily.

  5. says

    I carry a journal with me wherever I go. This habit started in a very young age and today nothing has changed I still prefer using my journal than going digital.

  6. says

    Writing random thoughts down is like artists doodline on bar napkins. Journals are writers’ way to remember things and envision a better approach on a particular topic.

  7. says

    This post somehow reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw’s beginnings (I’m a big fan of the show) She never fails to write down her thoughts and deepest desires, this is definitely something every writer should do.

  8. says

    With today’s day an age, blogger’s journals are more digital than conventional. I myself use a tablet to take down notes, with apps like evernote and moleskin to help, I’m able to document every day life with the help of technology.

  9. says

    This is just so true, I do 7 out of the 8 things you just mentioned and it has definitely helped out a lot. I don’t use a old school journal though I use an app on my iPad but it’s still the same concept.

  10. says

    Having a journal helps to get back few forgotten thoughts and also to improvise on them. Its always good to write down even the simplest or ideas or any good thought that you think would be useful…