|Have you ever kept a diary or a journal? What kinds of things did you write about and why?
There are many different kinds of journals, diaries, logs, and notebooks. Here are a few:
What's in a name? Whether it's called a diary, journal, log, or notebook,
the name means less than the writer's purpose.
- In a reading journal, you record your responses to various texts assigned in a course. Some teachers may ask you to keep a notebook in response
to particular issues or questions being discussed in class. Performers
such as actors and musicians might keep rehearsal journals,
while some people on voyages keep travel journals.
- A diary usually emphasizes personal reflection, often
on a daily basis and often for no other reader than the writer.
- A log
often contains structured observation, investigation, even
experimentation. Laboratory and field research of various kinds
is often formally recorded in a log.
- As more courses are created
with online sites and materials, e-journals (for electronic journals) are becoming increasingly
popular. These hybrid forms combine the immediacy of journal
writing with the facility of the Internet to distribute written
communication widely and quickly.