I have a busy, complicated life. I'm an engineer, but I'm also an artist (painting, photography), I like to travel - mostly solo, which requires extensive planning, I have several serious health problems; I'm a homeowner, and a widower who recently started dating several women. I also like to write and I've had some nonfiction articles published and even a few poems published in obscure literary journals.
I've kept a personal journal for a long time, but because I have separate journals and logbooks for artistic, engineering, household, travel, and medical progress, I don't feel my personal journal really captures the sheer complexity, color, richness and difficulties of my life.
So I'm starting a new document with daily entries that will have elements of a personal journal, along with projects, medical procedures and status, travel research, artistic ideas, lists, and records of all kinds. Some of it will link to other documents but I WANT it to have a cluttered, eclectic quality that reflects how my life really is. It will be mostly text, but also images, video, and sound.
I was thinking about this when I saw this question: What's the difference between "diary" and "journal"?
... what is the right name for this? It's not a logbook, exactly, although it will have many elements of a logbook. I think of it as a cross between a diary and a logbook and a design notebook.
Is there a good word for this?