20 years, two boxes.
June 24, 2010 1:44 PM Subscribe
What should I do with my old diaries?
posted by epersonae to Writing & Language (39 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I have hand-written journals going back about 20 years, about 2 cubic feet as they're currently boxed. They aren't any uniform type of book: some spiral-bound, composition books, fancy journals, bit art notebooks, tiny moleskines, etc. I've had to move them around quite a bit, and now as I'm in a purging mode with some other stuff, I'm trying to figure out what to do with them, if anything. At the moment, they're not in the way, but their existence is nagging at me. There's a lot of angst, some poetry, some fiction.
* Bonfire or recycling bin? What's the pluses of just letting it all go?
* Reread? And then what? Is it insane to think of digitizing? (I tried retyping some of the very oldest several years ago, and that just made me morose.)
* Display or shelve with my other books? Some of the books are actually pretty, but others are ugly/thrashed.
* Keep in the boxes under the bed? I feel like it's a little silly/self-indulgent at this point, on the other hand, the thought of getting rid of them makes me flinch.
(I don't have any kids at the moment but it's not totally outside of the realm of possibility. I used to think I was gonna be a famous writer, that seems pretty unlikely now.)
If you have/had a lot of paper journals, what have you done with them? How do you feel about it now?