My Diary Then & Now
Social Media & Blogging – The 21st Century Diary
If you kept a diary or journal while growing up, you’ll probably know how tough a habit it is to get out of. There’s something clarifying about writing down the details of your day, going through them in your mind as you record them for posterity. The diary habit is one that stays with us – even if we don’t realize it.
Not convinced? Perhaps you think that you put your diary away years ago, and haven’t thought of it since. Clearly, you managed to quit the habit. Well… that might not be the case. There might be a pretty big difference between how you go about it, but chances are, you’re as much of a diarist as you ever were. Social media and blogging are the 21st Century diaries – and here’s the proof!
Secrecy & Privacy
- You got a new diary for your birthday, Christmas, or just treated yourself to it – and the first thing you did was cover it in warnings. Dire warnings, of course; warnings to anyone who might think of peeking into my diary. It was to be our secret haven. Some diaries (and these were the best diaries, let’s all agree) even came with a padlock – so no one was going to be breaking into them!
- So you might not have the paper version anymore, but that doesn’t mean you’re not recording your life akin to a diary! The modern day version of security and privacy would be for your social media feeds. Rather than having them open to the public, you can screen them so only a select few can see what you’ve been doing. Instagram.com will even let you keep your entire feed totally private if that’s the way you want to do things – the 21st Century equivalent of the padlock!
Ideas & Inspiration
- Your life was the inspiration, the endless fountain of ideas and experiences. You would fill the page, scribbling furiously, your letter formation becoming steadily more and more scrawled. Crack open one of your old diaries today and you will likely see a list of complaints and teenage drama. It’ll be embarrassing.
- While many people use social media or have a blog for themselves, there’s no doubt there is an element of showcasing to them. It’s not longer the holding point for your innermost thoughts that you want to keep secret, and that means you might occasionally need an idea for a post or some help with a blog function. You’ve got the likes of Blogging.com to help you out if you do; there was no TeenageMelodrama.com back in the day – and maybe you should be thankful for that!
- If someone crossed you or you had a bad day, it was the pages of your diary that were on the receiving end of it. Writing so hard you would dent or rip the page, you’d vent all of your furies until you began to finally relax and move past it.
- We still do the same thing – but it’s our keyboard that takes the punishment rather than paper. If you’ve ever indulged yourself with a Tweetstorm or a long rant on Facebook, you’ll be able to connect the dots to your diarist past. Sometimes it’s just good to vent!
Thanks a lot for reading!
Thanks for this, Klaudia. In my A to Z Challenge I looked at J for Journaling. I enjoyed your comparison between then and now. The thing with then was your diary was likely to stay private. Now, with the blog, there is the passing chance that in your venting you let someone else read what you’ve said. And then it’s only a copy/paste away from a disaster, or a broken relationship. I enjoyed this post.
This is very true what you are saying, Shirley, and also don’t you think that the youngsters nowadays WANT to broadcast everything themselves? We tried so hard to hide and protect our little secrets, look only at Facebook now! The most private things go online, now even live, sometimes it really makes me wonder if people actually realize at all, that they will have no control over anything they have posted on the internet. Once up, it is out our control what happens with it. As you say copy and paste, easy as that! Thanks a lot for your lovely comment again 🙂 it’s a always nice to hear from you xx