When I was in high school, I used to keep a journal, a handwritten one. I put all kinds of stuff into it, most of which would embarrass me now.

Then I stopped.

This post by Alex Payne reminded me of why journaling was important:

The difference between journaling and blogging or Twittering isn’t simply that a journal is private, it’s stylistic. Good blogging is not journaling. Good Twittering is not journaling. Good journaling may have elements of both media, but journaling entails a distinct voice shared within a well-considered context.

(hat tip: Day One App.)

So I’m going to try to journal again.