On Journaling

So here's the thing: While I have given it many different names over the years (blogging, note taking, writing), I come to realise that the majority of my writing and publicly sharing is actually journaling. Even the saving and sharing of interesting links usually is part of the process that enables me to things in perspective, to have a trail of thoughts that enable envisioning a bigger picture or work towards a next step within a certain process.

With this realisation comes a decision to address journaling I'm a different way and to differentiate in the purposes of journaling.

Private Journaling 🔏

This is my daily routine, journaling thoughts, feelings, reflections, tasks and plans for anything that concerns me, both professionally and private. I used to have a dedicated locally run blog for that. But that also meant maintaining the blog code, which drew away from the content at times.

Now I have incorporated journaling in VS Code, with the extremely friendly vscode-journal exension. It is simple, quick and highly accessible. Something I have open all day, that allows for quick search and lets me write in Markdown, fully tailored to my requirements.

Internal Journaling 💼

Although being my own boss, I have forced myself to start documenting certain aspect of my business as if I am a multi-employee company, even with the idea that an on-boarding process should be in place. A result from the "bus test" and a SWOT analysis of my current business practices.
In order to make it clean and accessible, I started using Notion for this, which really serves the purpose.

Public Journaling 🌎

So this is something that has bugged me ever started publishing publicly:

  • time-wise it often is form over substance, mainly due to FOBO and just because I like tinkering with design
  • the urge to "publish" is something you force upon yourself, not necessarily for the better content
  • shifting platforms (over the years I used PHPNuke, e107, Wordpress, Jekyll, Ghost and Hexo for this purpose) is something that is really nice for your learning curve in coding, yet the result is a restless image. And I am not a designer, it is not my portfolio, I do not have a personal site that acts as reflection of my technical skills.

For this reason I am focusing on text, on content and will use Standard Notes for my public journaling practices. Yes, this is a notes application and platform, yet their service to "list" your notes in blog format is an elegant and simple solution. With the security that you want on your written word.

Here we go.