There was this episode of Dougie Houser, M.D. where he begged his dad for a laptop and his dad finally got him one on the condition that he use it to keep a journal. (This was before blogging obviously and I dare say before the internet was used by the masses as a mode of communication.)
I used to keep a pen an paper journal, but that was sporadic. I had to hide it if I wanted to keep it personal. I was always cryptic when I wrote and struggled to read my handwriting.
When I got my own computer, I thought about using it in a manner like described above, i.e. keep the journal on the machine. But then if something happens to the machine or the file, it's gone. If the machine is stolen, it's gone. There are ways to secure a machine, sure, and you can even password protect documents, but security can be circumvented and passwords can be cracked. In short, for those reasons, but more because of laziness, I never kept an electronic journal.
I hate social networking sites. I really, really do. I started a MySpace before the site was hugely popular and shut it down shortly thereafter. I got a Live Journal
before I started blogging on Xanga
. At the time, I used LJ to follow a few people I knew at college, but they didn't update regularly and I didn't get the point of blogging until over a year later.
I was on Face Book when it was colleges only and Facebook opened up to UAH. Soon after it went public, I stopped using mine and then shut it down. I think it was December 2008 when I opened my Facebook account
When I finally figured out what blogging was and how it worked, somehow it just made sense to me to journal things for others to read. If you look at my early posts, I was cryptic then too (probably still am to some degree) but I found that there is very little I don't mind the masses knowing. There's one thing I've thought about starting a second blog for on a different network, but that is to be totally anonymous when and if it ever happens.
I've never made a blog that's totally private. Someone has always been able to read it besides myself. There are only two entries I have made private after posting. I never delete a post unless it's a test post.
Now that I've told you, why do YOU