This post on Sushi’s blog is about why she stopped “lifeblogging” (defined as keeping an online diary or, obviously, blogging about life). She must have read my mind because I had been thinking about the days when I used to chronicle my entire life online (a very unwise move, but I was younger and dumber back then).
I didn’t have my own computer until my freshman year of college, so before that, all my “lifeblogging” was on paper and therefore unseen by the rest of society unless someone was sneaky enough to go digging through my things. (So you can’t call that a blog at all. ‘Twas a diary.)
In my freshman year of college, I was on GreatestJournal, where I used to post extremely long entries about my life, which consisted of college, my then-boyfriend and his nutty antics, and an assortment of high school frenemies whose drama I still followed like it was a torrid soap opera. What’s especially mortifying to my present-day self is that these entries used to be public, and anyone could easily find them. Somewhere down the line, I realized this and made all the entries private, but that didn’t matter much because even the stuff you mark as private can be easily seen and/or made public. I kept on with GreatestJournal until the site shut down, then moved on to a series of other sites that weren’t as “great,” but I continued to uphold my private “lifeblog,” at least until college ended and “real life” began.
As Sushi says in her post, life after high school and college is a lot more boring. Nothing really happens. Friends, excitement, and activities are harder to come by because a lot of people are busy trying to launch their careers. So Sushi didn’t lifeblog as much as she used to… and neither did I. I stopped mainly because of privacy issues; I didn’t want to run the risk of a potential employer (or anyone else, really) finding the embarrassing stuff I used to spew on the Internet. I returned to “lifeblogging” on paper as I had done during high school, and eventually even that stopped that because nothing interesting ever happened. An entry would go something like this: “Today, I went to work. Work was [boring, busy, a madhouse, normal, frustrating, interesting, amusing]. Then I went home and worked on [insert title of current WiP]. I went to bed and dreamed about [something banal, usually a rehash of what happened at work].”
Lifeblogging may be dead for me, but I’m sure it’s alive and well (if not in long form, then in short form like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr) for the current generation of college students who have fast typing fingers and lots of free time!