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Girl OnlineRead-along Discussion Post: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

I am sure that most of you have heard of Girl Online and its author before our readalong. Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, is a famous UK YouTuber with over 9 million subscribers. She started her career as a fashion blogger and it is clear that Girl Online is a shadow of Zoe’s life.

The protagonist in Girl Online, Penny, keeps an anonymous blog and while it may have started out as an online diary for her own, it slowly spirals into something with a large following. Instead of a fashion blog, Penny’s blog is all about herself. About her experiences and feelings, sort of like a diary.

Personally I have tried both keeping a diary and writing a blog and I would like to share my thoughts on these two similar but different styles. I started keeping a dairy from middle school, partly because my mum keeps one and she encourages me to do so, partly because it seems like every character in books and movies keep one. That lasted three months when it felt too repetitive because every entry reads like this:

“Dear Diary,
Today wasn’t that special. I stayed home all day and studied. I played for a while though.
Love,
Tacye”

 I am now back with keeping a diary, just that I only create an entry if I feel that the day is worth writing about. Penny can’t keep a diary because she thinks that writing stuff to herself seems pointless. While that is a valid reason, I didn’t quit because of that. I genuinely believed and still believe that future Tacye being the audience of my diary is completely logical.

On the other hand, I didn’t enjoy writing a personal blog because putting something up online didn’t appeal to me back then and even being anonymous was not enough for me. Penny believes that by being anonymous, she can be herself. However, I was always too cautious back when I was a kid and putting myself out there on the internet seemed to be too dangerous. Obviously I have no problem with that now but I still enjoy keeping my personal life offline.

Writing for The Night Owl Post is totally different though as it is just me sharing my love for books with all of you people. As a result, I guess I do both now; writing a blog and keeping a diary.

Do you guys keep a diary? Or have you tried blogging? Which one do you prefer and why?
Leave a comment below and let us know!

Stay tuned for a review on Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, available next week! Follow us on Twitter @NightOwlPost for updates!

Disclaimer: Finished copy provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for read-along. All opinions are my own!
3 replies to this post
  1. i feel EXACTLY the same about diary entries being repetitive!! that’s why i chose to post a photo on instagram everyday instead.

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