I have had a love affair with journaling since I was a kid. For whatever reason, I have always enjoyed introducing written words to blank pages. When I was a kid I used to take scraps of paper and make my own little journals, folded and saddle-stitched with safety pins. I used these homemade journals to chronicle my scouting adventures — fishing, camping, hiking, gear notes, and more. Later, I started using spiral notebooks to record thoughts, poems, and miscellaneous ramblings.
When I started traveling, one of the things I enjoyed most was finding just the right journal to chronicle my adventures on each of my trips. I filled lots of these journals with handwritten notes and drawings recorded on the field in many countries. I still enjoy perusing through those old journals. Doing so reminds me of how easy it is to forget so many of the interesting things that have happened along the way. Someday I hope to take each of these journals and copy my notes into digital files.
My journaling journey took an unexpected turn when I discovered the wonderful world of blogging. At first, I continued to blog and to keep a handwritten journal and soon transitioned to only blogging. One thing I like about blogging is being able to make posts available instantly online for a wider audience than just myself. An added benefit of blogging is interacting with readers via comments and email exchanges. And, I have enjoyed watching my blog readership steadily grow from month to month. I am especially encouraged that during the month of July more than 10,500 guests (as of this writing) visited my blog — a new record.
Blogging holds me accountable for thinking deeply and challenges me to glean a lesson or two from the things that happen daily along my journey as a Christ-follower. And, it continues to scratch my itch of wanting to marry written words with blank pages, or rather a blank screen. I appreciate each of you who visit my blog on a regular basis and who encourage me with your comments and emails. I will continue to try to honor your trust by posting what I learn on my journey in ways that are interesting and engaging. Thanks for being a part of my journaling journey.