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A journal can be anything you want it to be. You can write whatever comes to your mind whenever you want. For those that don't know what to write or how, below are some common types of journals to get you started.

DAILY DIARY

A daily diary usually consists of your day-to-day events and your feelings or thoughts surrounding them. While it may include expressive writing, a daily diary mentions happenings on an ongoing basis. With Penzu your diary is secret by default. But if you want to share entries with friends, go for it!

Keeping a diary is a great way to archive your life. You can easily look back on your life and read what you were thinking at a specific moment in time. Famous diarists such as Anne Frank and Che

  • Andy Warhol American pop-art icon religiously kept a diary about his life and conversations with friends.
  • would not be known if they didn't keep a diary.

    EXPRESSIVE JOURNAL

    An expressive journal is one where you write about your deepest thoughts and release your emotions. It can be written whenever and however you want. An expressive journal is usually extremely personal and kept private, but it can be shared at will. Penzu allows you to share your entries anonymously- so if you do want to share your thoughts with someone, but don't want them to know it was you, simply click "share as anonymous" in the share drop-down menu.

    Writing expressively can have a tremendously positive effect on your life. Read more about the health benefits here.

    TRAVEL JOURNAL

    Have you ever thought about a previous trip you took and wished you had kept a travel journal? Similar to a daily journal or diary, a travel journal records the day-to-day of your trip or vacation. We often have heightened experiences when traveling abroad, and keeping a journal is a great way to cherish those memories.

    Insert pictures and share your travels with your friends!

    IDEA JOURNAL

    If you have been searching for a place to keep your ideas online and in a secure and private place, your search is over. Penzu is great for notes and ideas about anything at all. Keep your ideas all to yourself, or share them with friends.

    DREAM JOURNAL

    If you have ever woken up and scrambled to find a pen and paper to write down a vivid dream, a dream journal is a great way to record your dreams. Looking back on your dreams is easy when they are searchable and in one place!

    FOOD JOURNAL

    Keeping a record of what you eat throughout the day is a great way to track your eating habits. It also has been proven to help decrease weight-loss when coupled with a diet and exercise regime. Learn more here.

    OTHER TYPES OF JOURNALS:

    Workout Journal
    Spiritual or Religious Diary
    Work Journal
    Wine Journal

    And many more!

    Be Inspired

    • Kurt Cobain Legendary Nirvana front-man, who kept a personal journal from 1980 until his suicide in 1994.
    • Anne Frank Kept her now famous diary while hiding during the Nazi occupation of The Netherlands.
    • Andy Warhol American pop-art icon religiously kept a diary about his life and conversations with friends.
    Be Inspired →

    Getting Started

    Don't know where or how to start?
    Having trouble writing? Visit our
    Getting Started guide to get some
    tips on journal writing.
    • What to Write About Worrying about something? Have thoughts that won't get out of your head? Write them down!
    • When and How to Write Finding the right time and place for you to write in your journal is an important part of the process.
    • Guiding Questions Need some more ideas to get started? View some questions that might help you write.
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