August 6th, 2009 Jamie
I’ve kept a journal in some form (pen and paper, blog, etc.) off and on since I was probably about nine years old, but I’ve never been much good at keeping it going. I’ve noticed that, especially when I’m just writing for myself, I tend to feel kind of silly notating my day-to-day activities and feelings–and I feel even sillier when I read all the drama back to myself later.
On the flip side, there are things I really enjoy reading for the nostalgia factor. I love checking out old emails to friends to see who had crushes, what classes we were taking, shows we were watching, music was on the radio.
Which is why I absolutely love the idea of a “listography”–a sort of autobiography in simple lists; it gets you to write down the good stuff without having to trudge through the drama that is sure to embarrass you later.
Where to Write
If you’re more of a pen-and-paper kind of person, stop by the bookstore and pick up a blank journal, or if you prefer the web, check out Listography.com (homepage of the listography creator) where you can sign up for a free account and start listing.
What to Write
Obviously, it is your list, so you can write whatever you want. Start with some of the ideas I’ve listed below, or surf around Listography.com to see what other people are writing their lists about.
- Your life as a playlist
- Your best friends from birth to present
- Movies that make you cry
- People you would love to trade lives with
- Possible career paths
- Your worst/best habits/traits
- Your $10,000,000 wishlist
- Today’s to-do list
- All the shows on your DVR
- 10 things you do every single day
- Every book you’ve ever read
- Best things about being a kid
Really the possibilities are endless.
To make it more interactive, you could even get a friend or sweetheart involved. Choose a list topic, write them down, then swap and discuss each other’s. It’s like an updated non-cliche version of the “5 People You’d Like to Have Dinner With” conversation.
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