This entry was written by Ruth Folit and Published on Oct 27, 2008
Twelve years ago, in 1996, I did some of my own market research about how many people keep diaries/journals. Here’s what I found after speaking to 114 people at a mall that attracted people from around the US and the world:
Those statistics really surprised me! I knew that many people wrote in journals/diaries, but the numbers really astounded me. Who are these people that keep journals?
By speaking to literally thousands of journal keepers during the past 10 years I’ve learned about all kinds of people who keep journals or diaries. A wide range of people keep journals, and of course there are some people who fit into several categories below. Here’s a short list:
Seems to me that most journal keepers are trying to improve their lives. I think people who keep journals agree with Socrates: “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Journal writers generally believe that it is important to think for themselves to create a better life.