Personal Journal or Private

How many of you use the DS Journal as your Journal?  I would write it out but then I couldn't read and I would get no feedback.  But on the other hand I do not wish to be a bother to anyone.  Feedback on my writings is important to me and help me to stay healthly.


So to journal on DS or not to?

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OlderCPer
OlderCPer

I do not. I write in a Book Journal as I have all my life. I write every night before I go to bed, and in rough times through the day. The thoughts in my head aren't really stuff I care to share with others, they're my demons and I journal to dump the negative crap out of my head so that it doesn't carry over day to day. The only person I've really ever shared my Journal's with is my Pdoc.

I use the DS Journal to share the "lighter" frustrations of life.
Deckard
Deckard

I will still do it. I like some peoples feed back (even if its harsh) ;-) lol .
SensitiveHoboLady
SensitiveHoboLady

Both, I write about things I don’t think should exist online in my writing journal. More specific things. This is still the internet and though it’s ´private’ it’s not really.

Like you, though, I appreciate feedback in these shared spaces. It’s not so isolating. Not everything gets a comment and that’s totally ok, but sometimes there’s helpful feedback and solace there. I came to appreciate the ´sharing’ aspect after participating in an art therapy group for several years. The group was small and intimate and safe, and sharing and doing arts and crafts and writing projects with a group really helped me make big breakthroughs in the isolation I was feeling with the BP diagnosis, which felt like a life sentence in a scary prison to me in the beginning. Not so much anymore.
Community LeaderSunCloudJD
SunCloudJD

A lot of people journal on here.... You can always mark any journals that you want as private for things that you want to keep to yourself.... I usually only journal on here when I need support....
Deckard
Deckard

Feedback gives me something to look forward to actually. I am mainly on my computer most of the time.
Deckard
Deckard

I used to post public in my journals. I did not know there was a public and friends only setting. So now I just post for friends.
Community Leadermujicaptsd
mujicaptsd

It seems to me that journals became really big for folks on DS PTSD after the big website makeover of a couple of years ago. Until then, it seemed that posting on the open board was more the thing to do, but with the technical changes folks turned to journaling and "friending" folks to read and comment on them, Thor.

Me, as per the suggestion of a DS PTSD member 3 years ago, I keep a gratitude journal offline. As that member said it would, it helps me not just be hypervigilant as to trauma triggers during my day, it helps me be deliberate about seeing the good, too, and writing it down.

As CL I can't comment on every DS PTSD friend's journal individually, though I'd like to, so I make it a point to comment on journals of members who have sent me a private message asking me to because they're going through one crisis or another. From what I can tell, journaling for the comments of folks who've been "friended" on DS really creates a good support system for folks here.
oliveolive749
oliveolive749

I use both. On things that I want feedback on I write in my DS journal but if I want to keep something private I write in my book journal
MayB
MayB

I use both but I tend to not journal much I think journaling is best if I can do it daily. I agree getting feedback builds community and I very much appreciate it...
Julie111
Julie111

I used too, sometimes I just use it to vent because I can't keep it all in my head. I rarely get comments though so I sort of stopped doing that. I don't have anyone in my life who cares about me. So for me it hurts to pour my heart out and have no one here notice either.
Sometimes I use it for a timeline. Just so I know when things happened.
I like to keep it relatively short in case someone will "listen".
I find typing it out helps me process things better than writing in a book.