Starting a Diary

Good Afternoon Munchkins! If you live in the UK or at least the South of England you will realise how hot it actually is today so I’m missing the sun to write for you, but don’t worry, I’m still mentally scarred from being burnt a couple of weeks ago so I’m fine with that for a while! For those that are out in the sun, well done for not being burnt!

Today’s blog is about starting a diary and for some that might seem like a really childish thing to do and something you wouldn’t necessarily to which is fine but I thought I should just let you know my reasons for wanting to do so.

As some of you may or may not know, a few weeks ago now I did a blog post on how I felt after reading Anne Frank’s Diary (links are below) and how I feel it will affect me and it made me realise that even if World War 2 isn’t going on behind you, personally a diary is a good way to look back on how events affected you when you were young.

I am only 13 so I have a long teenagerhood infront of me in which I plan to write about. I have like this complete addiction to notepads as from a young age I have loved writing with a capital ‘l’ whether it’s fiction or just complete randomness so I have loads lying around. Like most kids I tried writing a diary but it never really stuck which is something I will try to do this time because I was born February 2001 so I’ve been alive during the Twin Towers (I was 7 months old, but still), the London Riots 3 years ago or even something really personal like when I went to go see One Direction live last month (I’m still shaking!) and I really want to just write in words how it has actually made me who I am today.

I may write some things like my diary (I will never completely share my diary, sorry) on here because I am quite open about my thoughts and feelings to you on here so it might not even seem any different but I think it will be fun to write it in the old-fashioned in-the-notebook sort of way. Also, there are some things I really want to let out into a diary or something or that sort but I wouldn’t right on here.

A couple of years ago I started writing this sort of diary on Word which I may or may not share parts of and I’ve been writing on and off on it and it’s fun because it’s right there whenever I want it but I want to say that I wrote a diary, not typed a diary.

I live in the age where the world would not exist without social media or a keyboard but I would at some point just like to set something up where everyone just writes in a notebook for a month or so instead of on here then let people know after a month how it went. This can be anything from a story, a tweet, a blog post, anything just write it down in a notebook then write a blog post or something about what you did and why you did it. If you would like to do this, go ahead and let me know in the comments and during the months how you get on. I think it would be very interesting to see!

Also last year I started writing in the style of Anne Frank by writing to my Granddad who died when I was 5 (always cheerful, as you can tell!) but I only wrote twice before my Great Nan died and for ages I was a bit like ‘Oh, well it’s not really fair to her’ and stuff like that but I have written a few more times to him since.

When I was 9 I was given a little pink notebook which I promised I would write in the whole year I was 10 and even wrote on the front ‘My 10th Birthday’ to prove it. I only wrote in there one diary entry while I was 10 but that’s something I don’t want to remember much.

Last weekend I was given a notebook by my Granny and I thought I could start my diary in that. Already I’ve written in it but in pencil so I might copy it onto word then rub it out so I can start fresh in pen.

I don’t know why but I’m really excited to start a diary and I’ll probably start it from the beginning like my reactions as I said before to certain things like the Olympics two years ago and things like that but I will write every other day if not every day but because I’m so young I’ve got so much to look forward to as well.

If you would like to try the ‘Diary Challenge’ as I think it should be rightly named then let me know either by emailing me or by letting me know in the comments and I would love to keep in contact with some people who are doing it to see how it affects people. I probably won’t do it unless I get really good feedback and loads of people are doing it as well but I would love to just start this thing where people these days aren’t hooked on the internet and we do remember things like books and things that don’t need things to tell us what we’re doing.

Also, my netbook has been fixed so I will be updating a bit more frequently and I will probably upload early tomorrow because I’m going to a BBQ in the afternoon.

Another thing I want to quickly mention is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I’m on Chapter 20 so anyone that’s behind that I’m sorry, but what’s going to happen to Augustus? Is Hazel going to die and is the book going to end in the same way as An Imperial Affliction? Because that’s what I’ve been thinking since she mentioned the book. I feel exactly like Hazel and the Dutch Tulip Man right now. Anyway, I have been loving it and I’m so scared that the end it near because I know I will cry. I cried in the first 50 pages of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas because I’d seen the film and didn’t want Bruno to die. In saying this, if you have any books you recommend, let me know and I will be more than happy to read them over the holidays.

I realise I’ve rambled on but anyways, thank you for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow,

Rachel xx


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