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Dear Poll: Has Anyone Ever Read Your Diary?

I'm a big proponent of journaling, but let's face it, keeping a diary was a lot easier as a teen, or pre-teen even, than it is now. When emotions run rampant or you simply need a way to clear your head, writing it all down in a diary can be great solace. A journal will always be an incredibly private possession, so if it were to get into the wrong person's hands, trouble and embarrassment could easily ensue. I think we all know better now, but ladies, tell me, has anyone ever read your diary before?


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lauraxtc lauraxtc 8 years
yes my ex. it was annoying. By my ex!
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I think my mam read some of my suff but I'm not absolutely sure and I don't really want ot think about it! When I was about 11 I read my sister's diary and I still feel kind of guilty about it. But she never found out and it was a very old one.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I used to keep a lot of online journals. It was nice being able to show the world some things and keep some other things private. But I once typed out a really private entry and accidentally maked it "Public". Argh! THAT was embarrasing as all of a sudden I had all these people that I'd barely spoken to poking into my personal business. I've also had two LiveJournal accounts over the past few years, just a place for me to vent my frustrations. I used an alias that noone knew I had (or would ever suspect me of using) but both times I was found out. The first time resulted in a deal breaking argument with my ex, even though he wasn't mentioned. The second made me resolve to never keep a journal again. I also hate it when people read through my planner, I think more of an invasion of privacy because then the reader knows when I'm at work, when I'm at uni and when I've got Doctors appointments. Creeps me out.
kiwiprincess kiwiprincess 8 years
My mom and my sister read mine. I thought I lost it and a week later she starts asking me questions about her mothering styles and expected "honest" answers. I lied and she brought up the journal; I was extremely embarrassed.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I still have it, i just no longer write in it. I did have 2 girls read part of an entry in school, but it was harmless.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's a big NO - given that i don't have a diary to begin with :)
ms-jamerz ms-jamerz 8 years
I had a really difficult childhood and I've kept a diary since I was in third grade (and still have them all). I lived with my grandparents for about 10 years. My grama is a little on the psycho everything revolves around her/she is always right and never at fault kinda person. She always used to snoop around in my room so I was sure she read my diary. One night I came home from a school trip and my suspicions were right, my diary was open on my bed and some pages were even ripped out she even wrote childish and immature things on some of the entries! I guess she didnt like the fact that I always wrote about how irrational and childish she was. But who could blame me? I dont live with her anymore and haven't for about 4 years (thank god for that) so I can ignore her when she flys off the edge now. She has never, ever apologized for doing that or anything else either. But ofcourse I don't expect her to.
mack2600 mack2600 8 years
i've never had a full fledged diary per se, but i've always constantly scribbled my random thoughts/ramblings down in notebooks. but ever since i got my first blackberry a couple years ago, i discovered i could set it on lock mode so it would lock every 20 minutes without use and i'd have to type my password to unlock it. now instead of in a notebook, i ramble on and on in the memo section in my blackberry. thoughts, reminders, poems, anecdotes... i type whatever comes to mind. i love it, and it's 100% private.
candace87 candace87 8 years
Haha, that girl's outfit is a perfect example of how NOT to wear black&brown together! and yeah.. leather pants?! I had a diary.. I always figured if someone read it I would be soo embarassed and never be able to show my face in public again.. but I read back on it now and its so silly! "Today I kissed this boy. Now we are in love and dating." things like that that are just soooo out there (that isn't what I actually wrote but, you get the point). Since I ran out of pages in that one I just stopped keeping one.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
1.) I've kept a poetry journal forever and a few pieces have been published, so obviously I don't care if people read it or not. 2.) I was DEEP into my lj during college...good thing I'm over that now. When I log in and read it now (nostalgia hits me about once a year) it seems terribly self-centered and juvenile. Especially since I posted the link to my AIM profile and knew at least 200 people read it. 3.) WTF, leather pants?
CYL CYL 8 years
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
(girl in picture) Dear Diary, This is day number 10 in these leather pants, what was I thinking? I ran out in the rain and now they wont come off, did i think i was Jim Morrison come back as female, oh well, at least this turtleneck makes me extra sexy even though i stink, talk to you tommorow.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Ya my sister would skim through my diary and so would a couple of my friends.
julea julea 8 years
Yeah, my sister did. I haven't been able to get in the habit of keeping a journal since.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
sorry 3rd paragraph - should be **my ex's family**
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I didn't vote above b/c the answer is "Yes - And It Turned Out OK". After my BF & I had been together for a year (we are now married) an ex-boyfriend of mine died of a drug overdose. I had been with my ex for 7 years (we broke up 6 months before I met my current BF) so it was an extremely emotional time for me, but also for my current BF (now husband). It was challenging for him to see how much love I still had for my ex, even though he understood we had been best friends but horrible as a couple. When I flew up to the East Coast for the funeral, I spent 5 days with old friends and my family's ex. During this time my boyfriend was feeling very isolated from me, and read my diary as he said b/c he "wanted to feel closer" to me. I was getting all the emotional support and everyone was sort of forgetting about him. He told me as soon as I got home, and it actually didn't bother me at all. Of course, I reread my entry after the 1st time we had had sex, in which I wrote "He's really really good at oral sex, which he probably has worked on since he has a really small penis" !!! So, it ended up not bothering me and will teach my husband to ever read my diaries again!!!
refinedharmony refinedharmony 8 years
I didn't have the happiest childhood (did anyone?), but when I got to be a teenager my entries would be pages and pages of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. One day I was so angry with my mother and... EVERYTHING... that in the middle of a fight I went to my room and got my journal, threw it at her and said "You want to REALLY know me??? Read THIS!". Well, 30 minutes later she had read it, but also had PASSED IT ON to her boyfriend and my older brother. I had not meant for them to read it, but I guess it served me right for getting as angry as I did and serving it to my mom on a silver platter. I was constantly teased by my mom's boyfriend about some of the entries that were actually fairly neutral. Ever since then I did online blogging, but now that I have a 1 BR apt I bought a paper one again to start over!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
If anyone ever has, I've never heard of it. I do have one specific one in which I write positive and happy things about my relationship, and that one's just always lying around so that he can read it if he wants :)
Fallen85 Fallen85 8 years
My sister read my diary when I was like 10 and it had all sorts of stuff in it about boys I liked and how much I hated her and all of my dirty little secrets and she was running around the house with it reading it out loud and wouldnt give it back to me. I cried and ripped it up and then never wrote another diary again.
GScott86 GScott86 8 years
LoL dino dino, nice quote, hahah, you should've left stuff like that in your diary for her.
CYL CYL 8 years
Ya my ex 'accidentally' found mine and flipped it open and didn't 'realize' it was a journal, than started reading it without 'thinking it was what it was' and than I walked in on him at which point he was all pissed off cuz I was venting about how he was a crappy bf lol. Irony?
lovelie lovelie 8 years
OMG Dino!! I seriously just spit my coffee out!! That is hilarious
pippins_halfling pippins_halfling 8 years
Yeah, I had this diary when I was eight or nine. Once, when I was really angry at my sister, I wrote, "I hate her!" in it. She happened to read it, showed it to my mom, and I got in trouble. I'm still a little peeved I got in trouble because no one was supposed to read that! Lol.
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
lol dino that is AWESOME! "take me into thy lair, there we shalt breed" i am cracking up over that haha.
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