I used to have a diary where I'd tell my crushes at school, what I was aiming for that year or (when I was much younger) which member of 5ive I fancied that week! I carried this on for years but once I got to university I stopped. I am not 100% sure why I stopped but I did, I think possibly one of the reasons was because every time I'd look back at old entries I'd just cringe and wonder why things bothered me so much. Once I finished University I often thought about starting a new diary but I'd still never have time and scribbling down thoughts, making errors and sometimes getting hand cramp from writing...all used to put me off. This is when I came across Pencourage.
Pencourage is a fantastic site where you can create online journal entries, you can get anything and everything off your chest - it's like a fabulous therapy! You can keep absolutely anonymous or you can create a profile with your photo, it's your call. It truly does allow you to share your inner most thoughts and feelings without letting the world know who feels them... obviously unless you want to.
‘One day we hope your life is as wonderful as you pretend it is on facebook’
I created an account and decided to get stuck in. Initially it was quite tricky because to everyone else I seem like my life is perfect when sometimes it isn't. I have many have ups and downs, but nobody knows that because I don't tell anyone via other social media networks. Whilst on those other sites I'll say I'm having the best time or I'm off doing something - but they don't know if I'm feeling terrible because of A, B & C.... I just chose not to tell them because I don't want the world to know.
As I wrote my first entry on Pencourage I saw I wasn't being totally honest with myself, I wasn't really writing what my real feelings were. The next day I came back to it and as I'd had a awful day where everything and anything had gone wrong, I decided to let lose in my new entry. I can't tell you how much better I felt afterwards, I didn't do it to generate sympathy I'd just got it all off my chest and felt I could move on. The added bonus is I didn't have to talk to someone about what was bothering me and put them in an awkward position or make them feel differently about me.
I must sound like all I'd write about is something pessimistic but that's not the case, for example when something great has happened I won't always broadcast it to everyone, not because I don't want to but there are a lot of hidden green eyed monsters out there. By this I mean that people can be congratulating you from the outside but they could be quite envious... I've learnt that the hard way before so I decided to only tell people I trust and want to share my celebrations with. Pencourage allowed me to shout it out to the world anything I had won, bought or was off to do without getting any grief!
If you've enjoyed the idea of writing your deepest thoughts, ambitions and feelings but don't want to share it to the world then this is an amazing site to have a go on.
It doesn't just have to be about writing; You can upload and share pictures, music and videos into your journal entries. It allows your journals to become totally personal to you.
Maybe a video has Inspired your day?
A image has triggered a feeling?
Have you seen a website that you love?
You've heard a song that has made you laugh and cry?
I do have an account at Pencourage and usually I'd tell you to follow me and encourage you to read my entries, but to me I like to keep my journal private but remember you don't have to. Pencourage is completely free, so what are you waiting for?
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