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Cypher
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Hello, ladies!

I was just wondering about other females' (big and small) experiences with diaries or journals. I've been keeping a journal steadily for about the past year and a half and I've found it incredibly theraputic. Soothes the soul!

Now by the word "journal" I mean any form of personal writing. That includes little planners, diaries, online journals, etc. Have some of you started them, but have been unable to finish them? If you do keep one, how does it make you feel?

What have been the good/bad/happy/sad/angry/embarassing/triumphant/wonderful experiences you've had with them?

I love my journal. Sometimes I'll only write one time in a week and it'll be only two lines. Other times it'll be everyday and each entry will take up ten pages. I also keep an online diary here:
http://www.opendiary.com/entrylist.asp?authorcode=A324121

I've found it a neat way to annonymously vent.

So what are your experiences?


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Lucky1402
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Hey, my diary's at opendiary, too! Cool. Actually it's at TEEN opendiary, but close enough.

~I love keeping a journal. I used to keep a real journal in a notebook, but recently I started doing online diaries. It's much faster to type, and they let other other people read it and tell you what they think. Not to mention being able to add links and uploaded images.*

I guess keeping a diary is pretty cool, especially since I love to write. It helps me vent my emotions and keep track of what happens in my life. I always like going through my old journals and reading about some of the things that happened in the past, don't you?~~~~
http://www.teenopendiary.com/entrylist.asp?authorcode=B162484

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oh dear, i'm horrible at keeping a journal. it just seems pointless. the only time i've ever not actively hated my entries is for a journal assignment for an english class - then at least it has a point. otherwise, i read my journal writing and i think i sound pretentious and vapid. i don't know why. i think i need an audience, or something.

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Good point, em. That's why I keep online journals and let people read them. Then I have motivation to write.

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Lin
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I keep mine here. At Village People.

I tried keeping one online but I got too lazy to update it so I figured since I am always here, I might as well just make my thread in VP my online diary.

I adore keeping an online diary because it helps me clear my thoughts and I'm basically a very narcissistic person.


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I keep a semi-regular online diary at http://innerlemming.diaryland.com.

Additionally, I will be doing a thesis on the whole "online diary"trend, dealing with, among other topics, why people keep online diaries and what issues they deal with as to anonymity, etc.

If you'd like to participate, fill in your email address at http://innerlemming.diaryland.com/survey.html for a short text-based survey. Results will be given by your online alias only, and more information will be shared with the list later.

Thanks!

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I kept a very lengthy diary at http://pixie69.diaryland.com I really like keeping journals, it's a fun way to look back on everything you've done. Unfortunatly my mom's a snoop and reads everything I have laying around (or hidden, she always manages to find it) which is why I switched to an internet one. But now I think I have a good hiding place so I'm keeping a real one. Actually it's just a notebook. It's a good way to talk about current events, how I feel, what's going on in my life, etc etc.

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I kept a diary fairly religiously from about grade 5 to last summer (I'm in university). I used to write in it before bed, to keep me company, but I now live with my boyfriend, and don't really need the company of a book anymore. I feel a little bad for letting it go, though. I'm sure it will be interesting to look back on, one day.
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I have the same problem as Emsily, in that I feel pretentious when keeping a journal. I don't feel that I can be as honest on paper as I am with myself inside my own head.
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I would love to keep a diary but unfortunately I have a younger brother who has some kind of inbuilt diary sensor which always tracks it down and blackmails me. I've had so many bad experiences I've just given up now.
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Hi people I'm new here.. Whats up? *waves* I keep a diary at Teen Open Diary and I LOVE IT! God, with the handwritten book diaries, I always end up not writing even if I vow to because they're so darn boring. But I recently found TOD online and it keeps me motivated because people read, give me advice, and leave notes. Check mine out at http://www.teenopendiary.com/entrylist.asp?authorcode=B162071 I'm also .:Angelina Jolie:.

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i love my journal. i totaLLy vent in it. it's the old fashioned handwriTTen journal. i've bEEn not gOOd about kEEping up w/it lately tho.

i seriously hate it when my lil sister ransacks my rOOm to find my god foresaken journal!

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alaska
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Yup, I have an online diary, too.

I’ve been writing diaries ever since I was rather young – about 9 or so. It’s really quite funny to read what I thought back then, what was important and I saw my life back then. It’s almost as if that is a totally different person writing there. THe most interesting diaries are those I wrote during my teens - I was very introspective back then, and the thoughts I had are very far removed from my usual thinking these days.

I started an online diary, because I wanted to give my partner the option to read up on what's going on inside me and to let him take part in the boring every day things I do without me having to tell him each and every thing. He reads it only casually though, and these days, I mainly keep my diary for me, and that's the way it's supposed to be. I actually would prefer having a real blog on my own website, but so far I lack the skills to come up with the site that I want. So I keep using OD's predone thing, which is easy enough and serves the purpose. The fact my diary is kinda public because it's online really doesn't bother me. It was a little strange at the beginning, but not anymore. I'm not keeping it there because I *want* others to read it and I'm not someone who's a sucker for diary notes, either. What I find a little strange though is to think that some people have bookmarked my life and read up on what I do regularly. But then..I do that too, eh?

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I started a journal in December, and i love. It's a really good way to vent my feelings and i like to go back and read what i wrote, and see remember stuff that happened to me. It's really important to me, and i also put a lot of pictures in it, so i can see my friends and family whenever i want. I think it's great to be able to keep a journal or diary.

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i used to keep a journal in WordPerfect. Then I started chronicling specifing things in MS Works -- I have a 20-page single-spaced 10pt Times novella about my last boyfriend. And I have about 5 pages about a friend of mine. And I have about 10 pages of ranting about my current boyfriend. i add to it when i get pissed off.

as for my day to day life, there's not much to say, so whatever's interesting i post in Village People. And sad to say, the content is not that particularly compelling.

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Village People is pretty much my diary. I've tried using all kinds of diaries, but this one works the best.

I guess you could say that my canvas pad and sketch books are my diaries too though. Who ever said that a journal had to be words?

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HI!!
well i kinda keep a diary and i kinda dont. see when i was little i wanted to keep a diary so id seem erally organised and all but im not a very organised person so id have one for about a wk and then stop writing in it. then in year 7 i started a diary and kept that for a couple of months and that was good but then i stopped and in yr 8 i started writing in it again but then *shock* * horror* there was a fire in my bedsroom and it was burnt along with the rest of my possesions.
After that i got depressed and so i whenever i felt bad i just wrote wateva i felt on wateva was nearest and that felt good. i do that to do this day. but not in a diary way if u read through the little notebook things that i write down the stuff in u wouldt be able to tell wat ive done like in regular diaries just the weird stuff that i felt at that time. and ive felt some pretty weird stuff from what i have written.
I like it because no one comes into my bedroom cause im the middle child and i was the one that did the snooping and my little brother couldnt care less what ive felt!!
Yep its All good.
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I've tried to keep diaries in the past, but I think the problem with them is that I always feel that I have to update it daily and then feel like I've failed if I don't. The only time I've decided to definitely keep a daily diary is on trips. I started this 4 years ago when I went to Vancouver and when I went to New Zealand this summer for a month I religiously kept a diary.

I do write about important events but not in one book, just all over the place. I wrote about my first period, kiss, boyfriend, etc. Anything I felt I'd probably really like to remember in the future. I don't have the discipline to keep up a daily diary but every now and then I need to vent on paper so I do

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I've tried to regularly write in my journal, but it just doesn't happen to often. I do have one that I write (yeah, oldfashioned) in when something significant happens. It's mostly filled w/stuff from the 4 years that my now exbf and I were together. But, it does have other stuff in it too (when my dad ran over my puppy) Anyway, I'd have to say that it's great to be able to go back and read about stuff that's happened. It's amazing how much you can forget and not realize it. It's also great to relieve stress.
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I have 5 diarys. All do not have more then 3 pages taken up! I cant seem to avisly write, so much is happening in my life rigth now I just cant stop to write it all down. When I did, I did find it theraputic, it gives you time to think over what hapened in your day today. If you have the energy to keep I a diary, I suggest doing so.
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Ohmigawd! I just loove diaries. I got my first diary when I was eight and since then, I was hooked.
I have one at school, one on the net, and one in my bedroom (my most personal one).
Usually in my diary I end up complaining about the day, but most of time I end up talking about my BF and my cat.


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I've kept a diary since 4th grade. It is very theraputic. U can say anything and U don't have to worry. also its fun to look back and read past entries.
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I love keeping journals/diaries. I started my first when I was around 8 or 9. Sometimes I still read it and it's so interesting to read about some of the things I felt and thought. I still have a written journal but it's hard to keep up with since I'm so busy....I'll probably get back into it though.

I write the most in my online diary here http://skisiren.diaryland.com/ I started it so other people can have a peak into my everyday life. I don't know, I find it really interesting to read about other people's everyday lives.....especially since a lot of times we tend to go through the same things and don't even realize it. It's also a way for me to get things off my chest, to vent, to just express my random thoughts/feelings, or analyze myself. I always feel better after writing things down.

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i've kept a journal for the great portion of my life, although my journal is filled with more small sketches and drawings than actual writing, being that art is my main interest.

i'd be hesitant at starting an online journal, though- i'd be mostly afraid of people reading it who shouldn't be. (read: people from the offline world who you don't exactly have the best relationships with)

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Hey guys :0)

You can read mine in village people, or at: http://www.teenopendiary.com/entrylist.asp?authorcode=B180706

Love,
Winnie :0)

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I have basically always had a diary around since about 5th grade. Even before that I would ahve something I wrote in, but it didn't really become a regular diary till 5th grade. I kept that one for a while, and then dropped one all together in 6th grade, and started up again with them in 7th and have been keeping one always since. Now I'm a freshman. Since the beginning of 7th grade, I've had 4--three have been book diaries and the one I have currently is online. Something about keeping a diary I really enjoy...it just feels good to get my thoughts out and write them down. Sometimes I dont' want to talk it over with my friends, I just sort of want to be alone with my thoughts and having a diary allows me to do so. I guess there's something comforting about it...I cant' really explain it. All I kno is that having a diary is really important to me, and just sort of a part of my life. I dont' really notice it. But nobody has ever read them. And they never will

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