Journaling used to be thought of as the adorable hobby beloved by angsty teen girls everywhere. Now, however, many more people are aware of how beneficial it is for anyone — regardless of age — to keep track of their thoughts and feelings.

The Process and Benefits of Traditional Journaling

Studies have shown that journaling can improve mood, decrease depression symptoms, and improve memory (among other benefits).

But what does “journaling” entail? Can any record keeping at all be counted as a journal entry? Well, recording something is better than recording nothing, but it does help to follow an outline.

For example, W.R.I.T.E.

W.R.I.T.E. method from Center for Journal Therapy
The Center for Journal Therapy

The Center for Journal Therapy website gives the helpful acronym W.R.I.T.E. It’s a great road-map that people can use to collect their thoughts and includes a simple step by step formula for people who are new to the practice.

Another wonderful resource for those interested in journaling can be found here, at the International Association for Journal Writing. This one goes into great detail about the benefits of journaling as well, and even links to some great writing ideas.

At the end of the day, journaling is about keeping track of what’s going on, whether those things are “important” or not. Keeping records, even about the mundane things, is fantastic for personal development. This is because it leads to greater awareness of self, stress management, empathy, and both critical as well as creative thinking skills.

The Mundane is Never Really Mundane

Imagine flipping back through years worth of short, daily, life summaries. Individually, they might seem dull and uninteresting, but as a whole? One might see patterns that would have gone unnoticed had those moments not been recorded; tiny changes acting as signals that preceded monumental life shifts.

This information can be used to find out more about one’s own disposition. It could aid in self discovery, and worldview creation or refinement. This is important because it allows (and encourages) folks to take responsibility for their own self improvement.

Seemingly meaningless (even fleeting) thoughts, feelings, and ideas paint a picture of who we are. That means recording them creates a living time capsule for us to look back on who we used to be, too.

If people had the opportunity to compare their “mundane” day to day activities, thoughts, feelings, and ideas with others — those who could understand —we as a society could feel so much more connected to each other.

Well… people do have such an opportunity: social media platforms.

Social media apps
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Humans have always wanted to be understood, but the way we communicate in order to serve this purpose continues to shift over time. Books are a communication staple, but as time marches on, attention spans are getting more and more selective. Therefore, people prefer to ingest information in bite sized chunks or slices, without committing too much of their attention to any one source of information.

This is one of the many reasons why video and audio communication formats are gaining traction. Discovering like-minded people (in this case through social discovery applications) has never been so engaging.

Some people even keep a vocal journal rather than a written one simply because they tend to get flustered with grammar and syntax rather than prioritizing the ideas themselves. From personal experience, I can say that speaking freely allows people to concern themselves with saying what they need to say rather than worrying about whether or not it will be “good enough.”

So… why does social media need to have anything to do with journaling? It all goes back to human beings wanting to feel like others know what we are going through in life. What better way to know if others identify with you than telling your story?

A Modern Spin on Traditional Journals

Nothing has, by any means, replaced writing as the go-to type of daily record. However, just like adding new social networking platforms based on growing needs, the list of journaling styles can grow as well.

Now, one can share day to day activities and milestone life events with anyone— loved ones with whom they already have a deep connection, or strangers with whom they are hoping to form one. The problem is, though, that most social networking sites are not geared toward low stakes, no pressure daily content. Cataloguing one’s life, so to speak, is only praised for impossibly perfect photos and videos with intimidatingly high production value.

Creators who just want to show a raw and unedited version of themselves to the world are not welcomed warmly into the dog-eat-dog atmosphere of such high stakes platforms. Yes, they could post what they want without worrying what other people think, but that’s not so easy when a large percentage of popular creators have turned a platform into the stage for a popularity contest.

What people need is a platform whose purpose as a whole centers around authenticity.

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TapeReal as an Audio-Visual Journaling Tool

Here, people are on even footing; nobody can upload pre-edited cinematographic masterpieces. Also, real-time production value is limited to lighting (and, perhaps, the quality of one’s phone camera). This is why TapeReal is perfect for daily life updates (such as vlogs) or audio clips.

Nothing has to be "perfect" or "flawless." In fact, it can't be.

Another great thing about TapeReal is, there is no "video only" requirement. All tapes can be audio, if desired. And for those folks who prefer video, or a combination of creations, those options are available as well.

Because of the low stakes and no pressure nature of the platform, created by TapeReal’s chill atmosphere, everyone can feel comfortable in their own skin.

You can come, share as much or as little as you like, and feel confident that people who can make you feel understood will pop out of the digital woodwork.

TapeReal is a simple and easy way to start an audio or video journal. You can document your thoughts, memories, and authentic life. We call this...

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