On March 22nd I had the brilliant (but not really) idea of creating a personal diary to write down my thoughts in every night. More accurately I created the modern equivalent of a personal diary – an Octopress blog running locally that is stored on Dropbox (though now I’m wondering why I didn’t just create a private repository on GitHub for this).
I don’t remember the exact reason why I decided to do this. And no, my life is (unfortunately?) not that exciting that I need to write down everything that happens to me each day. But writing in it has helped me log the smaller, more subtle things happening in my life. It could be something someone said, or something I noticed, or something I did. I think that something happens to you each day that is worth remembering, but it is simply not possible to remember these things as time goes by. My diary is an easy way for me to capture these thoughts and moments.
There have been times in my life where I’ve asked myself “Hm, I wonder why I did that?”. Hopefully my diary will be able to answer these questions.
The other day I was on the Caltrain and had finished reading the book I had with me and decided to read some of my diary entries from the past week. It was amazing how much I’d forgotten, and reading what I had written was a surprisingly enlightening experience.
Another plus – it forces me to write each day which I hope improves my writing skills in the long run.
I’m really glad that I started this.