Day 2: Nearly 100 Journal Ideas

Bring on Day #2 of “Build a Better Blogger.”

Day #1 seemed to be missing in the comments department. I guess nobody has an elevator pitch for my blog and I will have to use what I wrote ALL BY MYSELF. Sigh.

Day #2 is all about lists. Remember how I already do this almost weekly on this here blog? Yeppers. So today, that just meant to come up with a decent topic. Since I’ve been attempting to bring back my journaling addiction, I thought I would write a list related to that. So here now, for your reading entertainment, internet, is my list of Journal Ideas.

  • Write about the time you were left in Boise.
  • What’s currently under your bed?
  • What’s your full name and how was it decided on?
  • Write about the chocolate milk you used to get for free from the milkman in elementary school.
  • If you could do anything right now, what would it be?
  • Write your own Therapy Thursdays-publish it on a blog so people get confused.
  • What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  • What’s your favorite crayon?
  • Write about the drawing book with the orange cover you and your brother used to use.
  • Write three stories involving pizza.
  • What color are your eyes?
  • What was the best snow fort you built as a kid?
  • Write about the black guy with a gun who was in your bedroom when you woke up past midnight once.
  • When was the last time you saw a rainbow?
  • What do you remember about this morning?
  • Write about the last dream you had about that hot guy in your ward.
  • In 20 years, where would you like to be and what would you like to be doing?
  • Write about the hamster your mom had to asphyxiate.
  • When was the last time you blushed?
  • When was the last time you brushed?
  • What are your favorite qualities about yourself?
  • Write about your best friend in preschool that watched Brave Heart and played Excite Bike with you.
  • What’s the best book you ever read?
  • What would you write about if you wrote a book?
  • What happened when Captain Math came rushing into the room?
  • Write about how sad it was to watch your old gold Volvo being towed away after Marianne hit you.
  • When was the last time you won?
  • When was the last time you lost?
  • What kind of face do you make when you look in a mirror?
  • Write about using toothbrushes to unlock the bathroom door.
  • You wake up and, oh my goodness, you’re a pencil-gasp. What’s life like?
  • Who’s your hero?
  • What happened the last time you went inside a cave?
  • Write about breaking into Erin’s house, Karen’s apartment, apartments at school, Tyler’s house during senior assassination, and your own home when you got locked out.
  • What do you mean the next stop is hell?
  • Write about your brother teaching you to do a flip on the tramp when you were in preschool.
  • What type of paper airplane do you prefer?
  • You are a very small rock at a historical event; what’s happening?
  • Write about the time you went to the Women’s World Cup and sat 7th row, midfield.
  • Write about the Philly’s game you fell asleep at.
  • What food can you not stand?
  • What’s a song that reminds you of a time or a person?
  • Would you change your job if teachers were paid as much as professional baseball players?
  • What if you only had to work ’til noon every day?
  • When was the last time you did something really nice?
  • What happened on the way to the opera?
  • Write about the time you lost an earring at Kurt’s house and even with the metal detector you rented, you couldn’t find it.
  • When was the last time you were really nervous?
  • You just beautifully maneuvered your car into a tight, parallel parking spot; what conversation does your car have with the curb after you go inside?
  • Would you prefer a gingham dog or a calico cat? An old Dutch clock or a Chinese plate?
  • You’re sitting on your porch during a storm; what are the thunder and lightning talking about?
  • Write about the time you took an orange from the school cafeteria.
  • If you were a tourist in your home town where would you go first?
  • You just had your perfect day; what happened?
  • Write about the time you got in trouble with your sixth grade teacher for getting C’s and she didn’t realize you had figured out that none of this counted towards college.
  • What’s your biggest gripe?
  • What do you miss the most about being a kid?
  • I just gave you permission to borrow my super secret time machine; where do you go first?
  • Write about the necklace your next door neighbor gave you when you got baptized.
  • How did you learn to tie a shoe?
  • When was the last time somebody was kind to you?
  • What was one of your favorite childhood books?
  • You invite me over for food and want to impress; what do you make me?
  • Why do you think some people seem to be ashamed to share their beliefs with others?
  • Write about the chaos that is Sunday dinners.
  • Give advice to your past self; what would you say to yourself just after graduating from high school?
  • Where would you take your mom to thank her for being your mom?
  • When was a time when you had a rich experience being alone and thinking/reading/praying?
  • Write about the time you had a cookie dough shake hours after having your wisdom teeth removed.
  • What was the worst chore to do at home?
  • When you open the newspaper on a Sunday morning sitting in the sun at the breakfast table, what section do you read first?
  • Have you been wise and learned from the mistakes of others?
  • You’re one of Bambi’s friends caught in the forest fire; what happens?
  • Write about the last time you rode Desperado at Buffalo Bill’s.
  • It’s high noon and you’re jingling down the cracked, dry Main street of a wild west town in your cowboy boots & spurs; who’s at the other end of the road waiting to draw?
  • What was the last dream in which you were chased?
  • You’re one of the first astronauts and you misjudged your reentry, causing you to bounce off of the atmosphere and fly out into space forever; what do you do first?
  • Write about the time you and your sister were kicked out of ballet.
  • What was your favorite class in high school?
  • How many ways can you serve a potato?
  • Write about the time you went camping and it rained the entire week, but your tent stayed dry inside thanks to your mighty trenches surrounding it.
  • What happened the last time you played Balderdash and why did you lose so badly?
  • Rewrite your favorite fairy tale as a news article.
  • Who was the last person to send you a thank you card?
  • Write a poem where every single line is a cliché.
  • You wake up one morning and find that in your sleep, you became a polyglot; what have you learned?
  • You get a dirigible for your birthday; what do you do with it first?
  • Write about the night you were driving home through the corn fields, lit up by lightning bugs, while a lightning storm was lighting up the horizon.
  • Who came to your high school graduation and why were you parents in Chicago then?
  • What happened that gave you that scar?
  • You broke my dishwasher; how do you fix it?
  • What’s the best date you’ve been on?
  • How many times do you hit snooze in the morning?
  • Write about how you always underpack.
  • You find out one day that your dad is really a pirate; is he the captain, first mate, monkey, or parrot?
  • Write about the time you logged off Facebook, shut down the computer and picked up your journal.

It’s only 96 ideas so I NEED FOUR MORE. What would you add?


5 thoughts on “Day 2: Nearly 100 Journal Ideas

  1. Your best date? I’ll do that one for you.

    My friend Kaakun was sitting in West Valley, while my other friend Kara was going through her dwindling list of remaining single friends for a big group date of “hey Kara plays matchmaker”.

    Kara had picked a date for Kaakun… she just failed to notify the date of the idea.

    Finally Kara calls and tells me they’re going to Cottonwood canyon to roast marshmellows and blah blah blah I cancel my other plans and go because I feel sorry for Kaakun being a 7th wheel sitting at a campfire.

    It was AWESOME. Took turns adding lines to a scary story which everyone except Kara tried to make funny… who tried in vain to make it turn scary again. Kaakun and I then took the flashlight and left said group in the dark during the lets exlore this cave thingy.

    We then went back to my house and played pool? ping pong? we played something.

    That was the best affirmative action date I’ve ever been on… So much fun that I went to Vegas to witness his short-lived marriage to my former roommate.

    We also broke a bed once while vacationing together… but thats for another journal.


  2. Write about the most peaceful/loneliest/most vibrant/(insert other adjective here) thing in the world.

    Loneliest: watching a full moon set at the end of a long, usually-busy street during a power outage.


  3. That was the coolest. ‘You wake up and you’re a pencil…’ You killed me on that one! Dead. I’m dead right now typing. That’s because I laughed so hard.

    And the curb and tire convo… that was was funny too. So funny that I was resurrected. Thanks for that. My kids would’ve missed me. (and you would’ve too, admit it)

    Here’s four more topics…

    – Your phone rings. Your caller ID tells you that it’s your dad calling you from his cell phone. You answer it and it’s really Sean Connery calling from your dad’s cell phone. What do you say?

    – You just broke a pen and it splattered ink all over your clothes. You are SO pissed off because it is your favorite outfit. What are you wearing?

    – Your telephone has a crush on you. Write a monologue from your phone’s perspective about one time when you answered the phone.

    – Tell the woes of the chainsaw. He’s a liberal chain saw. He loves trees, but he doesn’t have a choice. Or does he???


  4. Oh, yeah…

    And you better not just write some of those in your journal, lady! Many of those are blog fodder in the most luscious sense of the word.


  5. 97. Write about what you would serve at a dinner were you put dishes into food instead of food into dishes.

    98. What would you do if you woke up to find everyone else asleep.

    99. What would you do if you went to sleep to find everyone else awake.

    100. A manhole drops from the sky and lands on your front porch. Do you open it? Discuss.


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