Journaling: Guided Vs Unguided and Blogging Vs Journaling

What's the difference?


Many individuals have difficulty beginning the journaling process. They simply don’t know what to write. Guided journaling offers sets of questions that guide the individual through feelings and actions that the individual experiences as a result of the situation. Writing and answering in response to these targeted questions directs the individual toward the inner core of the self to help access information to begin the healing process. Connecting with the inspired consciousness of another person, and exploring questions relative to the experience, may expedite the understanding and reformation of the situation.


Journaling our life experiences as they present themselves to us helps us to not just go through the experience but to find meaning in each of the experiences in our lives. The resulting resulting insight, however, might take place at a later point in time than when the incident was first recorded. Journaling is much more than just recounting facts. It gives us the opportunity to look at specific situations and become the observer of our own behavior, which leads to a conscious awareness of how we are living our lives. One thought triggers another, which is the great healing benefit of journaling. It gives our lives a new dimension as we follow the multicolored threads from one page to the next while we weave the tapestry of our lives.


Blogging and Journaling have two different intentions.

Blogging is sharing the events of your life with multiple or even millions of individuals. It gives the reader information about your likes and dislikes, your ups and downs, and thought processes on a multitude of subjects. That may be therapeutic in some ways to get things off of your mind, but I always try to caution people that everyone has an opinion of what others are doing. Some blogs are amazing stories, but it is done for a different reason than journaling—it is done to share. Blogging is an external process.

Journaling is an internal process and intended to be private at the time of the writing. There may be parts of your journal that you want to share at some point, but for you to reap the amazing benefits of journaling, it must be something that you intend to use as a tool for self-discovery. To discover the authentic self, it must come from deep within, not from the opinion of others. So, it is important to establish your intention before proceeding with the writing that identifies you!

Here are some guided Journaling Prompts: Try them!

  • My favorite way to spend the day is...

  • A moment in my life I'll never forget is...

  • I can't imagine living without...

  • I really wish others knew this about me...

  • This is what I love about life...

  • I feel most energized when...

  • Here's a list of 30 things that make me smile...

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