Have you ever drawn something in your print journal? A picture of somewhere you had been? A sketch of something you wanted to remember? You can do the same online, you just need a few more tools. I draw for my blog, scan it, use image software to adjust the scan to an image file and then I can post it to my blog. You don't have to learn how to use a graphic program to draw. But, those are nice too.
Category: "Journal Writing"
It may be almost over, but did you know this is NoJoMo - November Journaling Month?
The 24 Hour Zine Challenge asks zinesters to create a 24-page zine from conception to final product in 24 hours straight. Zines should be of suitable size and technical difficulty so that this truly is a challenge for individual zinesters. Deadline for when you need to get the zine finished and submitted: July 31.
Once upon a time I was writing for Suite101. It was actually the start of the second round I had signed up with them. But, I didn't see much point in staying. Basically just too little results for the amount of energy I had to put in. Yesterday I went back to check my account and I'm signed up as a writer but not allowed to post anything. I guess my login as a writer timed out as that was 2007. Anyway, here is the article which I had written for them. Deleted because it was written in first person, something that was not a problem when I wrote it but changed afterwards I guess.
TITLE: Starting Your Book of Shadows SUBTITLE: Keeping a journal of your magickal road trip though Paganism. SUMMARY : The Book of Shadows is a creative and practical way to journal your adventures as you explore Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism. BODY: A Book of Shadows or a Grimoire is your journal/ scrapbook about your explorations into Wiccan and Pagan ways. The Grimoire is a bit more of a recipe book, like a technical manual. You may decide to keep a Book of Shadows with all your experiences, thoughts and technical details or you may have both a Grimoire and Book of Shadows to separate the technical side. Don't make it a pressure cooker, something holier than thou you can only write in with perfect results. It is there for you to use, to keep track of little things and big things, great things and great mistakes. It's a guide to where you have been and would like to go. Don't be intimidated by your journal, enjoy it and feel free to be creative. It's not perfect, it's not a symbol of your commitment to being Wiccan. You could even decide Wicca isn't for you and look at other belief systems and continue to use the Book of Shadows, but call it something else to suit you. The book itself needs to be something adaptable to grow and change along with you. A binder with removable pages is good. That way you can move them around and sort them into subjects or dates as you choose. In some cases you may have physical elements to add such as photos, clipped out articles, some sand you used in a ritual, a feather you found on the way home, a napkin you doodled an idea on... don't feel limited to just what you have written on standard paper. If something doesn't easily fit into the book format adapt it, take a photo or draw it. Use your Book of Shadows to collect phrases and quotes that appeal to you. These will be great when it comes to writing your own rituals. Not that you want to copy someone else but everything that inspires you should be saved. A special turn of phrase, one that feels right or opens your mind and emotions is a great way to jump start your own words for your own ritual. Your Book of Shadows is documenting your adventures. Don't cheat yourself by taking short cuts like printing something from the Internet and leaving that as a whole package when it's only something you have read and not something you have really felt or experienced. Do print something from the Internet and make notes right on it or on another page which you attach it to. It's a very personal book, this collection of your deepest thoughts and treasured moments, be careful about sharing it. If you are part of a group you might pick a topic and each person gives thoughts and experiences they have written in their Book of Shadows. But you aren't likely to photocopy a page and hand it over. It's not about keeping information to yourself as much as it's about having a safe place where you can continue to be very honest and open with yourself about the things you are experiencing and thinking as you take the Wiccan path.
Assuming you are writing a personal blog/ journal/ diary why don't you show your location to readers? I know there are security, privacy and paranoid reasons to not give your home address but surely you can say which country you live in, maybe even your province/ state? One of the things I like best about reading a new blog is knowing where the person I am reading about is from. It's interesting to read about daily life in another country. It is also a warm feeling of coming home to be reading the blog of someone in your own country. Mine is Canada, Ontario to hit a bit closer to home. Why not post your location. Stick up a little flag in your sidebar. Be proud of where you are.