Just watched a very interesting programme on BBC4 hosted by Richard E Grant about people that write diaries. He chose 5 people and their own diaries that had been published. Some of these people were known to me, others were not. Each made me think how life changing these books can be whether for good or ill.
As an archivist, diaries do form a very interesting part to personal collections. Like it was said in the programme you are there with the person on that very day that they have written. It can at times feel like a voyeur into a life and thoughts that are far too personal for someone unconnected to be reading. Somehow you have to make sense of this and return it to some sort of order within the collection.
I thought to myself I am not a diarist but then what have I been doing sporadically for the last couple of months? Only with this it can have an immediate audience and reaction.