I have always been a writer. To date, my personal thoughts (aside from banging around my head) tend to take the form of e-mail and phone conversations to friends, but there have been many occasions where I had something to say, but not necessarily someone to say it to. Thus, an obvious need for a journal.
I also tend to avoid writing things on paper. I mean, in this day of electronic data storage, why put pen to paper, especially if you want it to last? Oddly enough, internet-based storage media can easily be longer lasting than all but the most carefully maintained paper file.
The idea of a journal that is indexed by search engines such as Google is intriguing and scary at the same time. As virtualexile reminds me, this has its own set of pros and cons, i.e. this is not the place to vent, because it may well come back to haunt you.
So, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that a LiveJournal is a cool, useful idea. But, what's my goal? What do I want to get out of this?
1. Therapy. Writing can be a form of therapy for me, and I hope to find this process therapeutic. Sometimes, just writing things down and working them out helps me deal with events in real life (IRL).
2. Seed for a book. Maybe this can turn into a book one day. I don't know if I'd like to write an autobiography or a semi-autobiographical piece of fiction.
3. Family history. I have a desire to write down some of the stories from my family's rich history. There is a lot of oral history in my family that should be recorded. I missed a tremendous opportunity in not recording more of the conversations I had with my grandmother before she died and before she succumbed to Alzheimer's. I'd like to recover as much of that as possible, and, of course, once I get caught up, begin a more contemporaneous recordation of events. And, I will not make the same mistake with my parents, aunts and uncles.
4. Friendships. I also think that forming lasting friendships is one key to happiness in life. If this can help me form friendships, it will be a good thing. I have a feeling that the kinds of friendships that are formed through this unique medium have a different quality to them than those formed in other ways.
5. Self-exploration. I hope this journal will help me figure out things about myself that I might not have otherwise been able to realize.
6. Have fun. This has been a serious start, but I really hope this turns out to be a lot of fun. We'll see how it goes.