Blogging is another great way to get the benefits of journaling , regardless of whether you get started to make a name for yourself, or to just get your thoughts and feelings out in the open. Keeping a blog opens the door to the widest possible audience, but it comes with the sacrifice of privacy. If that's your preferred route, you have a wide array of tools and hosts to choose from, both free and paid. We've walked you through some of the most popular blogging platforms , and even introduces some of the new contenders you may have heard of . All of them offer different looks, cater to different audiences, and are designed for different kinds of people. Whatever you choose, keeping a personal blog may not come with writing prompts or fancy mobile apps (although some do), but they can come with community, and option to share your story with the world.
Begin your article at a dramatic point: ask a question, tell a brief but moving anecdote, describe a shocking or amusing situation—what aspect did you find most surprising, interesting, or moving? Start in the middle of your story—the crisis, the action. You wake up to a shrill voice calling, "Fire, wake up, get downstairs fast." Or the sound of crunching metal as you slide on the ice into the car in front of you. Or the sound of the slamming door. Always use sensory details (sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch). Make the situation real. There must be emotional involvement: while readers may not have ever had your experience, they will be able to relate to the emotion.