If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of journaling. It’s good for your mind, soul, and body.
There are lots of different kinds of journals, so many that the sheer amount can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner. Today, I’m going to give a summary of the main types of journals, with appropriate recommendations and other witty remarks (who am I kidding?).
This is perhaps the most self-explanatory category. You write down words about whatever you want (stuck for ideas? Check out my earlier posts!) and fill up notebooks and notebooks and notebooks. Ideally. With this kind of journaling, you pretty much have two options for “which notebook”:
1. Cheap. This is my recommendation for beginning journalers, because you never know if you won’t like it. Besides, Staples, Target, etc., often have cute notebooks without a hefty price tag. Also, a nice journal can be a barrier because you feel like you have to live up to its cover. A simple composition notebook is less intimidating; you don’t have anything to lose.
This is a very broad category, for mainly artistic people. However, don’t be intimidated by these journals because you don’t consider yourself artistic in that way — I’m not either. I would still give them a try; I’ve found them to be a lot of fun for the process, even though I don’t often admire the results.
1. Scrapbooking. I am by no means an expert on scrapbooking, but this could actually be considered a type of journaling, because it’s just a record of your life, or someone else’s. Scrapbooking is a skill: it’s something you need to learn, practice, and get good at. For this reason, I would recommend this for someone who has a bit of time and money, because it isn’t cheap either.
1. Prompt Journals. This includes Five-Year-Journals, and journals such as the Q&A A Day. It also contains Anti-Journals and Wreck This Journals...you get the picture. These are very open-ended and heaps of fun.
I wasn’t sure where to put this, because you both write and draw in it. I’m not an expert on the matter (I’ve said that way too many times this post…), but from what I gather, Fauxbonichis are fake Hobonichi’s, which are expensive Japanese planners. You can get ideas here, here, and here.
Lots of people use planners as a type of journal, with inserts and decorations. I personally haven’t tried this, but it does seem like a lot of fun. Again, I'm not going to link lots of products because I can't recommend them with a clear conscience, but from what I've observed,Filofax is the most popular brand.
You don’t have to keep a writing journal, a junk journal, and a quote journal if you don’t want to. You could keep one book where you write, stick in ephemera, doodle around the edges, and make sure to include your favorite quotes. I prefer to keep my journals separate; you might want otherwise.
This post took way longer to assemble than I thought. There are so many options for all these types of journals on Amazon alone! I think I might soon do a more specific post to help you guys narrow down the search...let me know if you're interested.
What kind of journals do you keep? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!