• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • Styleforum Gives - Holiday Charity Auction 3: Yeossal handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees

    We are very proud to present this year's edition of the Styleforum Holiday Charity Auctions, this year in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane (www.rmhcspokane.org). Each Auction lasts 24 hours. Please follow and bid on all the auctions.

    The 2nd auction is for a pair of handwelted shoe with lasted shoe trees courtesy of Yeossal. Please bid often and generously here

    Fok and the Styleforum Team.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Does anyone keep a personal (non work) diary?

Tangfastic

Distinguished Member
Joined
Sep 3, 2007
Messages
1,359
Reaction score
19
I got a page a day paper diary given to me by work. As I use outlook for all my work appointments I thought it was pretty useless.

Then I thought I'd try keeping a personal hand written journal of what I had for dinner and other useful information for the future writer of my hagiography.

I've kept it up since 1st Jan this year, writing just 5 to 12 lines a day about what I've been up to.

Is there anyone else who does this? Is it a habit best left to teenage girls? Can you become a 'great man' without a diary?

I know you can have private blogs on the net, but surely a real pen and ink record in your own hand is superior.
 

odoreater

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2005
Messages
8,739
Reaction score
43
In my line of work, I've found that putting anything in writing can be very dangerous. I never put something in writing that I can say over the phone or in person.

Then again, I post on here all the time, which will surely come back to haunt me some day. Although, my online persona is a bit of a character and not necessarily what I am like in real life.
 

Milhouse

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 11, 2007
Messages
2,059
Reaction score
1
I do it when I'm doing something that seems unique, just in case it could be a book later. For example, when I travel to interesting places, I jot down thoughts and events, and since I always have a camera with me, I can kind of put words to photos too.
 

Titleist

Active Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2009
Messages
27
Reaction score
0
This is actually something I've been meaning to do, but I got caught up in life. I most definitely need to begin, as my memory is terrible at best.

I think I will commence to jotting at least a few words down in the evening. It should be therapeutic for me, as well as engrossing, and, more likely, unsettling to my (future) children. I'm not fond of the word "diary", though. I think I will call it the "Man Ledger" instead.
 
Joined
Mar 20, 2006
Messages
4,646
Reaction score
5
when my grandfather died, i found my great father's diary. it was more like a pocket calendar. every day he'd write a line or two about the weather, and something non-descript about the day's events. as he inched closer to death (or vice versa), his writing got feebler, his entries even shorter. and then nothing----signifying the end of his ability to write or his death, i don't know.

my father did the same thing. he kept an appointment book but used it to make very brief diary entries. i have maybe 10 or so of these things. my wife pores over them but i only occasionally look at them because they are kind of heavy... like emotionally charged. i was surprised that i was so central to his life, it didn't occur to me until i read his diaries---he was a very aloof kind of father. also learned about relationships he had that he never mentioned to me, and about how he'd spend his weekends, not things he really shared with me while he was around.

i keep a journal though very sporadically. the entries tend to be cryptic and i often wonder what i was going on about even after a short interval between the writing of the entry and my perusal of same.
 

Xericx

Distinguished Member
Joined
May 24, 2008
Messages
1,989
Reaction score
20
I photoblog using my cameraphone. Just set up a flickr account, send photos to it. You can view them all later with the calendar view of what you did......I have a small pocket-sized moleskine agenda...week at a glance....enough room for a few setences and a notes page for each week on the right side....just for jotting notes though as well.
 

MetroStyles

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
May 4, 2006
Messages
15,830
Reaction score
31
Yes, I keep one. It does two things for me:

1) A method of documenting my life. I have poor episodic memory and oftentimes forget stuff I did, even very amusing, memorable events. By writing it down, I not only relive it and so remember it, but if I ever forget, it is always fascinating to go back and read about how you saw the world years ago.

2) It is self-therapeutic. Writing about things that are weighing you down or on your mind can help you figure out the best course of action, or at least help you understand yourself better. It alleviates stress in this way. I consider my journal my personal shrink, in a way.

It is time-consuming sometimes, and when you are pressed the quality of writing suffers. But it's still better than nothing.
 

randallr

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jun 13, 2008
Messages
4,049
Reaction score
5
Originally Posted by odoreater
In my line of work, I've found that putting anything in writing can be very dangerous. I never put something in writing that I can say over the phone or in person.

Then again, I post on here all the time, which will surely come back to haunt me some day. Although, my online persona is a bit of a character and not necessarily what I am like in real life.


This is probably true for all of us. How will it come back to haunt you?
 

MetroStyles

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
May 4, 2006
Messages
15,830
Reaction score
31
BTW, if you keep a journal, and this I thought went without saying, do it in Microsoft Word and with a very good password to protect the document. A physical journal is waaaaaaay to dangerous.
 

SField

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
6,278
Reaction score
24
Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife
when my grandfather died, i found my great father's diary. it was more like a pocket calendar. every day he'd write a line or two about the weather, and something non-descript about the day's events. as he inched closer to death (or vice versa), his writing got feebler, his entries even shorter. and then nothing----signifying the end of his ability to write or his death, i don't know.

my father did the same thing. he kept an appointment book but used it to make very brief diary entries. i have maybe 10 or so of these things. my wife pores over them but i only occasionally look at them because they are kind of heavy... like emotionally charged. i was surprised that i was so central to his life, it didn't occur to me until i read his diaries---he was a very aloof kind of father. also learned about relationships he had that he never mentioned to me, and about how he'd spend his weekends, not things he really shared with me while he was around.

i keep a journal though very sporadically. the entries tend to be cryptic and i often wonder what i was going on about even after a short interval between the writing of the entry and my perusal of same.


Those kinds of things are fascinating, especially when you read about your parents as young people, at the same age that you are at the time.
 

Connemara

[URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']
Joined
Mar 9, 2006
Messages
39,510
Reaction score
1,758
Eric Foner wrote a rather interesting biography based mostly on the diary of a 19th century African American figure, Amos Webber. IIRC it's called We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber
 

appolyon

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2007
Messages
2,095
Reaction score
10
Have made several attempts at keeping a diary, but whenever I go back to it. Even a short time after, I read it and I always sound like a tool. So I stop.

Considering I have a shocker of a memory I really should give it another attempt.

Alternatively I can just post every detail of my life on SF and just use this place as a diary
 

sonick

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2003
Messages
6,033
Reaction score
484
I would but I'm not a prepubescent girl.
 

appolyon

Distinguished Member
Joined
Aug 10, 2007
Messages
2,095
Reaction score
10

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 25 3.4%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 129 17.3%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 237 31.8%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 118 15.8%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 68 9.1%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 47 6.3%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 23 3.1%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 21 2.8%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 16 2.1%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 6 0.8%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 7 0.9%
  • 100+

    Votes: 48 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
428,614
Messages
9,221,273
Members
193,572
Latest member
martygraham
Top