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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Facebook: A 21st Century Diary - Click to Print

Many of us dream of one day finding a trunk in a far away attic filled with photos (all labeled of course), keepsakes, a family Bible, and the crown jewel - a dairy. Before the age of technology, the best record of an ancestor's life was a diary. I've never been one to keep a journal. I do often think how wonderful it would be to have a record of my daily life not only to lock away in a neat trunk but to look back on myself and enjoy. Details have a tendency to fade and mine seem to fade faster than normal. Sure it's easy to remember milestones but as time goes on it becomes harder and harder to recall the little things that have added so much along the way. But finding the time to sit down, pen and paper, and pound out a beautifully edited timeless keepsake remains on my endless to-do list.

There is something, though, I do include in my 21st century routine. I update my Facebook status almost daily. I joined in January and have since fallen into the pit of addiction along with so many of my friends. What started out as a snapshot of my day has become a great record of my life these past 9 months! Scanning the older posts I laugh at quotes from my children, smile at the daily distractions, and pause at the prayers offered to friends who needed it. This is my life, my record, and I didn't even know I was writing it.

Now if I could only find a way to save it...

Well, today I did!

  • Go to your profile page. 
  • Scroll to the bottom. 
  • Click on Older Posts. 
  • Repeat until you find the date at which you want to stop. 
  • Now you can print the entire webpage or if your computer allows, you can Print to *.PDF format (mine was 47 pages). 
At the end of the year I'll upload my *.pdf files to and have them printed, bound, and ready to pick up at the nearest location. Voila, a keepsake diary for a 21st century girl. Now all I need is an archival box and a climate controlled attic!   :)


  1. I'd never thought about printing my Facebook page, but that's a great idea!

  2. This is a great idea - I update my Facebook status, links etc constantly but never saw it as a 21st century journal!

  3. This is such a good idea that I will use it for my Facebook talks in future. Thanks!