Online Diaries From Real People

Not So Private Lives Online

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Of the many online diaries I have visited, I would like to offer to you a few of the very best. I wish I could list them all here but then this article would be far too long. 

If you don't have an online diary, or maybe even if you do, you may wonder why someone would write their most personal thoughts and feelings online. I have asked these online diary authors why they wrote theirs. 6 of them responded and this is what they had to say.

 

So without further ado here are some of my favorites, some current, and some older.

Living in the Bonus Round 

The diarist started this site when he was dying of AIDS. It is now a way of helping others who are facing the same thing, and where you can read about his life and music. "I began writing the diary back when I was sick and truly dying. The page gave inspiration and support for caregivers who were having trouble communicating with the ones they were caring for. So, in reaching out to help myself, I found myself helping others."

Diary of an Average Australian

"I've been writing humour for some time, and I realised a couple of years ago that a lot of what I was writing was based on personal experiences. A friend suggested I compile them as a diary, and since then I've tried to write more about my everyday experiences, concentrating for the most part on amusing anecdotes. I keep it online because I know other people enjoy reading it, and I certainly enjoying writing it." Daniel Bowen

The musings and photographs on this site amuse, entertain and enthrall. 

Owl's Eye View

"This is actually a tough one -- mostly because I started writing online mostly "on a lark" so to speak. I guess the reason I keep on doing it, is that it's cathartic. I can write and while for the most part, I don't know who the audience is, someone else is hearing me speak.

From time to time, I get meaningful feedback on what I've said, that part makes me feel less alone. It's comforting to know that other people have or are currently, going through some of the same kinds of things. That support can be enlightening."

Techno-Shaman Rants

"I keep my journal online for one reason only...I want to share my ideas (a thing which Man has attempted since the beginning of consciousness)...I want to be remembered...I want something to be able to share with my unborn child.

"Ok, ok, I really don't have ONE reason why I do it...Another one that comes to mind, though, is the fact that too many 'diaries' out there are filled with nothing more than day to day cryings about how much one particular writer's life happens to suck...I wanted to show that there's more to writing about life than just bitching about everything...Well, that sounded good, but actually, I do tend to bitch a lot about society in general, but that's a different epic novel."