They Don't Come More Personal

Online Diaries

No personal website is more personal than an online diary. When you write a diary online you create something that is very intimate. You tell about your hopes, your dreams, your desires. Every day (or week) you go onto your website and write about all the things you did and how they made you feel. You describe moments in your life that you may not want close friends and family to know about. Yet you write them here, online, for all the world to see.


Why do people write online diaries? Why would they put their most intimate thoughts online? Why would they write about things they wouldn't tell their mothers about? You'd probably be surprised to find out that most online diarists are not eccentric or flamboyant people. Most are regular, everyday people just like you. Some are single people looking to find themselves, some are business people trying to deal with their stressful lives and some are parents who like to talk about their kids.


Some people choose to write a weblog instead of an online diary. A weblog, or blog, is great for people who don't have the time to create an entire website and keep it updated. There are many sites that allow you to write your own weblog on their server for free. All you have to do is sign up and start writing. Updating is done easily in just a few minutes. Some of these sites even have software you can download that allows you to upload your daily entries right from your desktop without having to log in to their site first.

Some popular weblog hosting sites are ​Blogger and Live Journal. They offer online weblogs that are easy to update and easy to use. Which one is best for you is a matter of opinion. If you want to have an online diary but don't have time to create and update a website then I encourage you to look through these sites or one of the other weblog hosting sites and choose the one you like best.

Get Personal

If you want something much more personal, something that says who you are and not just what you do, then you should consider creating an online diary. An online diary is more personal than a weblog because you add more to it than just your entries. You will have a homepage that tells people what they will find on your site complete with clip art or pictures that set the mood for your site. There will be a biography page telling the reader who they are reading about and what to expect to see on your site. There may even be essays by you on topics you are interested in or a photo album to make your site complete.

You Can Do It Too

Anyone can write an online diary if they want to. It's really not that hard. If you want to create one yourself you can follow this Online Diary Tutorial.

Don't Be Afraid

If you're afraid to create an online diary because you think your friends and family might find it and read it, don't be. Many online diarists use a fake name so no one will ever know who they are if they don't want them too. They also use an online email site for their site's email using their fake name so the site can't be traced to them.

Some people have the opposite need. They use passwords for their site because they don't want strangers to read what they write, online people they know and a select few on the internet.

Writing your diary online does not make you an outlandish, bizarre or freakish person. It just makes you a person who wants to create a website so you can tell all about yourself, your family and your interests. It makes you a person who wants to keep track of your life in a new, modern way and doesn't mind if other people read it and are, possibly, inspired by it.