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A Baby Boomer’s “Daily Journal” Is Not The Name Of A Newspaper

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Many of us write a daily journal for a variety of reasons; whether it’s to jot down our daily thoughts, vent our frustrations, or even as part of a daily blog.  But we don’t expect it to be headline news nor have a newspaper named after us.

In researching this post, I continually found newspaper articles or newspaper names coming up in the search engines.  But I did not want to write for “The Daily Journal”, a newspaper from whatever town that was ranking highest today.

But I do want to write about daily journaling and the advantage of keeping one.  So, all editorials aside, let’s talk about why Baby Boomers might want to keep a journal.

 

A Personal Way to Express Yourself

When most of us think of journaling, we often think of private thoughts written in a locked notebook that are never intended to see the light of day. There’s nothing wrong with this and, for many of us, this is a great way to:

  • Express ourselves,
  • Maybe vent our frustrations
  • Or even dream of a better life.

It’s also great fun to go pick out a personal note book that will become our new journal of choice.  This is a very personal experience because our very selves will be exposed between the covers so we always tend to choose very carefully.  And it’s always sad when we write on the last page and have to close another journal chapter.

 

A Journal is a Great Way to Share with Families and Friends…but with Rules!

We previously did this with letters but now, with the advent of the internet and blogs, Baby Boomers are taking advantage of this medium in growing numbers.  Having the ability to write down our thoughts and experiences and immediately “publish” them has become a great way for Boomers to reach those kids and grandkids that have chosen to live so far away.

With the added feature of comment boxes, families and friends can also respond back and let you know they’re thinking and doing.  This is also done via social media with the ability to designate who receives our messages.

However, as with everything public, there are certain rules that shouldn’t be broken:

  • Do not disclose personal information, including where you live, contact information or, of course, banking information.
  • What is in the public domain…is in the public domain, oftentimes for others to read that you had no intention of including
  • Do not defame, coerce, or otherwise ridicule…those always return ten-fold
  • Be respectful and courteous…and tone does come through in your typing

 

Baby Boomers Can Use Their Daily Journal On Their Money-Making Website

Distinct from a personal journal, a website whose intent is to make money can also be a great way to use your journaling passion.  Whether it’s to:

  • express your opinion
  • share information or a product
  • or do reviews

…a website is a great medium to write regularly and drive traffic to your product.  Learning to write naturally and with your visitor’s experience in mind is, of course, the number one rule should you decide to do this.

 

If you would like to learn more about creating a website for this reason I invite you to read my review of Wealthy Affiliate; which has become my online training center and community support.

 

Whether you are writing for a newspaper…

Want to be confused as a newspaper…

Or just want to write and don’t really care about the newspaper thing…

 

Social Media ButtonsA daily journal is your opportunity to express yourself for whatever reason.

 

But you will need to decide if you’re going to keep it locked up or hit that “share” button.

 

Thanks for reading.

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