If you ever look around you and see an alarming number of 20 somethings with too much outdoor performance apparel and a small neutral colored, leather-bound book in their hands, don't worry, you are not at a Jack Kerouac convention, rather you are probably in the local coffee shop or maybe unknowingly at Cru or an Obama rally.
Journaling is a very important exercise in the hip, young Christian culture on many different levels. Allow me preface by saying that ALL hip, young Christians carry their journal like a diabetic carries their insulin shots---with a sense of urgency and priority. When a HYC is creepily stalking a coffee shop or at the library, a journal serves as a quick and fool-proof way to identify other HYCs in the establishment. This very action could eventually lead to a HYC finding their husband/wife, which as we know to be true, is the prevailing goal over any other in the HYC culture.
Journaling shows that the HYC is deep, emotional, literate, contemplative, and studious: all things that are revered in the HYC culture. HYCs ALWAYS journal at church, during any campus ministry, on campus, at the airport, and basically anywhere that it might be possible for other HYCs to see them pouring their soul to a book.
Selecting a journal is a very important task for a HYC. A lot can be said of your choice and it has direct implications of your place on the HYC hierarchy. A very popular choice among HYC boys is the Moleskin journal. It is not fancy, but expensive, small, always black, and accompanied by an elastic band--- just in case that tiny notebook might burst open. For the ladies, and even some daring gentlemen, there are the $30 Barnes and Noble leather-bound mammoth journals that usually will have some kind of classical engraving on the front and back (think Ralph Waldo Emerson).
If you are trying to impress a HYC, buy them a journal for a gift, or better yet, compliment them on their discipline and diligence in journaling. This will flatter a HYC and affirm their belief that excessive journaling = eternal attractiveness and entrance into heaven.
PS- If a HYC journals a lot in your presence, they are writing about you!