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Friday, June 11, 2010

Open Diary

Image Courtesy Samantha Bradbeer

I started keeping a diary after meeting my first crush in 5th grade.  My first diary entries primarily consisted of thoughts about school, my crushes and dreams. Over the years, my diary entries have evolved into scrapbooks and blog entries.  My handwriting and spelling may have improved, but like my 10 year-old self I still like to dream about my future and on occasion can be very stubborn about my mistakes.

Why do I keep writing—and now blogging—in my diary? I believe a diary is great way to reflect on your personal story and feelings. A diary can tell you a lot about yourself, including how your likes and dislikes have changed over the years. Plus, if I become a famous curator and explorer (I hope!) my diary can be a great start to creating an autobiography.

Do you have a diary? Do you still keep one? I plan on giving my diaries to my future daughters or nieces, so they know that their feelings are normal. I believe the Open Diary: Chronicling The Hidden World Of Girls project can have a similar outcome worldwide. The Open Diary project has pictures and videos of diaries created by girls and young women around the world. Some of the diaries have artwork, newspaper clippings and/or calendars of daily activities. If you are interested in sharing your diary with the “Open Diary: Chronicling The Hidden World Of Girls” project, click here for instructions

-Samantha Bradbeer
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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