The world and systems we live in are aggressively preying upon our personal data. We, however, lean toward doing less and less to remember information that reflects our actual memories. Famous journals left by Leonardo, Virginia Woolf or Anne Frank allowed us to enter the minds and hearts of exceptional human souls. But every soul counts and you never know who will be helped by what we have to say.
Self therapeutic journaling, however, came into public consciousness only in 1960’s and 1970’s with Ira Progoff’s work on Intensive Journaling method, Christina Baldwin’s One to One: Self-Understanding Through Journal Writing (1977) and Tristine Rainer’s The New Diary (1978). In 1980’s scientific data confirmed there is a direct correlation between keeping a diary and better immune system function (James W. Pennebaker). In 1990’s Kathleen Adams’ Journal to the Self (1990) contributed to establishing journaling as a form of therapy. And since, there were highs and lows – one of the pinnacles being Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way method of journaling that gained numerous followers and raised many eyebrows (in terms unnecessary complexity added to relatively simple journaling practice). In my view journaling is desperately needed to leverage technology. The practice of self- discovery is requested to balance self –curation and self-censorship (of our public social media profiles).
This blog is branched out into two parts: pathways and journeys. Pathways are definitive ways to reach the goals. Pathways could be reflections on what was done to service specific goals. For example, my interest/ goals in understanding the purpose of digital archives, community development and social impact measurement created pathways that serviced them. Pathways are more structured and based on hands-on practice and research.
Journeys, however, are true journal entries. Journal, from Latin diurnus (having a meaning of what can be accomplished in a day of work) has a quite interesting NGram graph (occurrence of words or phrases in a corpus of books analysed). And, journeys, unlike pathways, from the point of general usage seem to be in a serious decline. So maybe all that will be accomplished here is to try to contribute to the revival of the word that is still loaded with mystery, questions and unknown endings. Reflections, I am afraid, will probably benefit myself the most. If more is to be achieved, I am already grateful. Welcome!