Being a creature of habit I tend to return to the same journals/writings each day. It is a comfort. It allows me to visit other writer's lives. It allows me access to good writing and warm hearts on a daily basis. The sites I list here are those where I feel at home, where I feel that if I were in need of smile and a cup of tea the door would be open. Here is a partial list of the sites I haunt.
Not all the places I visit are updated on a daily or even regualr basis. These sites offer content that is well worth the visit.
Journals and Journalers now gone but not forgotten:
Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes
poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current
way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique
portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that
of Canadian culture.
Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary
Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios
Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing
A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.
"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger
on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was
coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog
into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com
in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan
Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun
and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's
weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the
term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger
product, leading to the popularization of the terms."