Apr 152011

I’ve suddenly decided to start keeping a journal, or in this day and age it would probably be called a blog. I don’t know why I’m doing this as I always consider blogs to be rather egotistical, the belief that anyone is interested in reading your ramblings is a massive assumption. This makes me wonder even more why I would want to do this, I don’t even keep a diary as a rule so I have no previous form in this area. Perhaps I have a need to write things down just to get them straight in my own head.

I probably need to set myself some rules. I don’t want this just to be a list of things I did, or just random thoughts, that’s what Twitter is for. If a journal is to have a purpose I think it will need to dig a bit deeper than diary style entries and provide some insight into what’s going on in my own mind (scary stuff!). In the way people say pictures on radio are better than the ones you get with TV, the things that people think are more interesting than the things they do.

I don’t think I’ll be able to update it every day. Firstly because I’m not that disciplined and secondly because my life isn’t interesting enough to provide the material. If I only update when I think I have something worthwhile to write it should make it a more meaningful record.

Now I’m thinking “How do you start a journal?” There’s no need to introduce myself, I know me. But then there’s the thought that this journal may one day, deliberately or otherwise find its way onto the public domain. However, I think it’s important that I write this journal with myself as the target audience, that way I won’t be tempted to censor anything or hold anything back that I need to let go. Is that it? Is that what journals are for?

They say talking to yourself is one of the first signs of madness. If this true, let the madness begin….