Dear Nobody Discussion Post: Age of Technology

April 25, 2014 discussion post 4

Hey everyone. I know I posted a DEAR NOBODY review earlier this week and now you’re about to get another DEAR NOBODY post. Bear with me! My review of the book was supposed to go up last week but I forget *hides face* This week, though, everyone on the street team is posting about the age of technology and if diaries are still a “thing.” So here we go!

Sourcebooks Fire wants to know: 
In an age where social media has become the outlet for our thoughts, from Tumblr to Facebook to our minute-by-minute lives on Twitter, do you still express yourself in a personal diary or know of anyone who does? 

When I was younger, I used to have a ton of diaries lying around. I’m big into school supplies so whenever I would see a pretty journal, I usually wanted to have it. I had basic marble composition notebooks, Mary- Kate & Ashely brand diaries that came with a lock, Lisa Frank journals, and even had a password journal–anybody remember those?!

When I first got a new one, I’d be all about writing in it. I was gung-ho to share my thoughts on the paper. For the first week or so I would write silly little things in there about what I ate for dinner and how much I hated schoolwork, the usual. But the thrill of keeping a diary faded and it faded fast. By week three, I had completely forgotten about it. Yes, they were sitting right beside my bed on the nightstand but I feel like keeping a diary is an activity of habit. You forget to write in it one day, you forget the next day, soon you’ve completely forgotten you even had one.

So to sum things up, no, I don’t have a diary. I never got into the writing down my every thought in a journal thing and even though I tried numerous times, it just didn’t stick. I think the last time I attempted to try to keep a daily journal was back in 6th grade, which was a very long time ago. I do blog and sometimes I will write a ton of paragraphs about my personal life from time to time but not very often. If I share something, it’s because it’s something that is important to me. I commend people who do keep diaries and like to remember everything that has ever happened to them–I wish I was more like you. I bet it’s fun to look back on things that happened a year ago. There’s small details about certain events I would love to be able to recall. But sigh, I’m just not that kind of person.

You tell me, do you keep a personal diary? Know of anyone who does? And be sure to check out my review of DEAR NOBODY that I posted earlier this week!

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

Edited by: Gillian McCain & Legs McNeil
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Fans of Go Ask Alice will devour Dear Nobody, a real teen’s diary, so raw and so edgy that it’s authenticity rings off every page.

They say that high school is supposed to be the best time of your life. But what if that’s just not true?

More than anything, Mary Rose wants to fit in. To be loved. And she’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Even if it costs her her life.

Told through the raw and unflinching diary entries of a real teen, Mary Rose struggles with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret. Her compelling story will inspire readers—and remind them that they are not alone.


4 Responses to “Dear Nobody Discussion Post: Age of Technology”

  1. Milka Read.Read.Read.

    Oh my, those password journals were super cool back in the day – I had one and I remember my brother trying his best to get it opened. I also used to have one of those silly Instant Messenger things which you were able to use as calendar and such…
    I used to buy a new diary probably every half a year around ages 10 to 16, always spending money on these expensive notebooks, promising myself that “I will write every day”. I got super excited about writing there for like two weeks and then just stopped writing when I realized that every single day was mostly the same – of course small little things were different, but mostly it was just about my school stuff and maybe boys I used to have a crush on or something like that.

    The only time I actually did write to a diary almost daily was when I was in US for an exchange student year – I am happy I did so, because that diary has provided some hilarious readings for my friends later on 🙂

  2. The Reading Nook Reviews

    “I’m big into school supplies so whenever I would see a pretty journal, I usually wanted to have it.” This is me.

    As is kind of forgetting about it by week three. *High fives*

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