Blogs are NOT Diaries

When I first told people I started a blog, most of them reacted strangely, as if I’ve made a poor life choice. “Why don’t you just write on your diary?”, someone asked me the other day.


Today, I went to see my doctor, and he asked me how I’ve been. I excitedly told him I started a new passion project, blogging. I told him about the things I’ve written about so far, like my relationship with Otherness and why I don’t regret majoring in Psychology. He looked at me with concern.


I then realized that people who are not blog readers don’t know that blogging has evolved significantly in the past decade. It’s not like it used to be. It’s different now.


You see, back in the olden days, blogs served as personal diaries. When I created my first blog on Xanga in the mid-2000s, all I did was rant, like I was writing on my diary. To my defence, I was a kid, not even a teen. I wasn’t mature enough to understand that there are repercussions to posting online.

This scene from The Social Network perfectly illustrates what blogging was like back in the early 2000s. In the movie, Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, gets dumped by his girlfriend, Erica Albright, played by Rooney Mara. Fueled by anger, Mark blogs nasty things about Erica on his Livejournal blog.

Then, in my teens, I moved on to Tumblr. Like Xanga, the blog served as a diary, but this time, I was smart enough not to put my real name on the internet, and I never promoted the blog because it was personal. Those who were on Tumblr knew that Tumblr was not meant to be shared on other platforms. It was like a secret club. I’ve been on Tumblr for more than a decade now, and still use it every now and then for inspiration.


After reflecting on the judgment I received from people who do not understand why I started blogging, I came to the conclusion that they thought that I was going to create another online diary reminiscent of my Xanga and Tumblr days circa 2005 – 2012, which would indeed be disastrous. I see where they’re coming from, but also shocked that they don’t know what blogs are for these days.


To this, I respond: Relax, folks! I’m a professional now with a big girl job. I’m no longer a teenager. I’m a mature, sophisticated woman. I am truly okay with anyone reading my blog, be it my bosses, parents, future in-laws, etc. I have a physical diary locked in a safe somewhere. Now, that’s where my deepest, darkest secrets are written. I will never let it see the light of day. It’s an over-my-dead-body type of situation.


This blog serves a different purpose, which I already explained in this post. Blogging is so different now that there are people who blog full-time and make a good living out of it. I daresay it’s a career. There are also different categories of blogs that provide so much information. For instance, my favourite niche is personal finance. I’m obsessed with “The Money Diaries” on Refinery 29 and follow a bunch of blogs that talk about money. It’s just so interesting.


I’m writing this because I want people to know that blogs are no longer just personal diaries. In fact, I don’t see anyone blogging about what they do on a day-to-day basis anymore, like how it was back in 2005. We’re entering the 20’s now, and I’m kindly asking people to get with the times.


In all seriousness, when people blog, they want to be heard; they want to spread a message; they want a response.

So, tell me, does that sound like a diary to you?

Photo by Corinne Kutz on Unsplash

4 thoughts on “Blogs are NOT Diaries

  1. The majority people who are “pre internet”, as in, they didn’t grow up with it, will never truly understand what it’s about or the latest developments. The best these folks can do is get a facebook account, where they will discuss their activities without realizing they are “blogging”. Maybe if you can it “journaling” like a reporter, it would go over better. 😄
    Some folks are making six and seven figure income from what began as a hobby blog/vlog.

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    1. Journaling sounds like a better way to put it 🙂 I think older Gen X-ers and Boomers just will never understand social media in general. Sometimes, I feel like they automatically think anything social media is harmful.

      It’s crazy to me that some people are actually making so much money from blogging! Surprisingly, there are still lots of people who don’t know that this career exists.

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  2. That’s an intriguing question: what is blogging? I think most of it fits the term another commenter used here, “journaling”. There is a certain personal element to it but not as emo as a diary maybe.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yes, diaries are “for your eyes only”. Blogs, though personal, are meant to spark conversations and reach a wide audience. I think it’s a great platform to exercise freedom of speech, instead of using Facebook/Twitter for example.

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