Day One Web Pages

A diary means yes indeed. — Gertrude Stein

The diary is shifting from private to open because of the rise of social networks. People are more inclined to share what’s on their mind today in in order to prompt a response (comment, like, share) from their followers.

Day One makes the shift from private to public even more noticeable, allowing its users to set up profiles to share selected posts online. Day One wants to blur the lines of private and public like Twitter and Facebook have already done. Here’s a sample from my diary.

It’s not a bad thing for people to speak their minds. The reason I blog so openly like James Altucher and Seth Godin is to show people that I’m not afraid to think differently about things and provoke people to do the same. Honesty is the at the core of building up a dedicated fan base. You want to be proven wrong.

But you shouldn’t share everything. Some pieces must remain private. As Jon Mitchell writes on his own Day One page:

A perspective is only legible in the context of its native person. I moved the vast majority of my journaling back into private, and everything made sense again. I didn’t have to censor myself. The references no longer dangled. The meaning of each noun and verb still reverberated from the last time I used it. I was back on the road toward understanding anything. I figured that journaling had to be a private process to mean anything to me, and that the products of journaling, any insights or key turns of phrase I had, could be extracted and put into service to help others.

Writing is at first private, and then public. You write in private in order to liberate thoughts and opinions, and you share certain thoughts publicly to help others or to generate conversation. This is how lyrics from music artists establish intimacy with their fans.

I’m going to share these from time to time. When I do, I give these pages to the web. If you found this observation, or if you find a future one, I hope it means something to you. I hope it feels like an interaction with someone reading the same world story as you are.

Whoever said a diary had to remain private? As is everything in life, there’s a proper balance between a closed notebook and an open one.

“we can only connect the dots that we collect.” — Amanda Palmer

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.