How to Keep a Cyber Journal
Many people have kept journals or diaries dating back long into the past. With the prevalence of computers in modern times, it has changed the methods that people use to write. Some people, especially those who are younger, prefer to keep a "cyber journal" or one that's written and stored on a computer.
Figure out if you have time to keep a journal.If not, make time, it can be very rewarding. Decide when you intend to write in it, morning, during the day, or at night.
Decide on a file format.Everything stored on a computer has its own file format, or the type of information and how it is stored. The most open format that will work on nearly anything is .txt (plain text) but doesn't allow for any formatting and some computers don't show it well. HTML is a form of the plain text format that can be shown in a web browser (it's used for coding web pages) and allows nearly endless formatting opportunities, but requires a little knowledge in HTML code, but will work on nearly any device. Other formats are .odt, .doc, .docx, .xhtml, and others. Research them to find out what will best fit your needs.
Decide where and how you will store it.Some people simply save their entries to a computer or a flash drive. Burning a CD is inefficient as each file will be very small, so it's better to wait until you have many entries before considering that. Some people choose to encrypt their journal in order to keep it private.
Once a file type and method of storage is decided on, outline how it will be organised.This can seem like a tedious and pointless step, but after a few years of entries a way of organising is required and it is far easier to make one beforehand.
Add your own personality!You don't have to do all of these!
- Though computers allow you to go back and modify files, it can create a sense of sacredness if you treat each entry as permanent and unchanging after it's written.
- Organize your entries, but don't over-organize. Just a simple folder for each year or each month of each year is needed.
- Making a new file for each entry results in a lot of files, but makes organisation easier.
- If you want a fully public journal, try creating a blog (but be aware that blogs are online and open to the public).
- Using HTML or XHTML formats allows you to link your entries together and use a lot of formatting. Don't go overboard, but it can be nice to take advantage of this for times when you want to look back at your journal.
- Encryption is a good way to keep other people out.
- Write often, it's enjoyable to re-visit your old entries after some time has passed to relive memories or thoughts.
- Don't lend your flash drive or computer you store your journal on to anyone you don't want to read it without at least encrypting it.
- Keep a backup copy of your journal on another computer or with a friend in case anything happens to your computer. It is devastating to lose one's journal.
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