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My diaries

I started my first diary on December 5th, 1975. It was a diary that I had received as a present for the (Dutch) `Sinterklaas' feast. The first entry was of December 1st. It took me about a year to fill this diary, but after that one I gained more speed. Until today, I continued writing my diary on a regular basis. I usually carry a diary with me. I have had diaries in all kinds of sizes. The biggest diary was a book with 794 pages, which I had bound by a bookbinder. I prefer hard-cover "sketch-books" without lines. Only recently, I started using the 11x15.5 cm (4x6 inch) format, with which I am quite happy. You can even put it in your pocket.

Through the years my writing style changed a lot. I also experimented with different kinds of diaries. In my freshman year at the university I also kept an account of the things that happened at my dorm. Later, I also wrote a diary about what happened to my friends, because I felt that by writing a private diary I was thinking too much about myself. Besides these diaries I would usually also collect remarks in small note books (for example Gedachten...), and a long time ago, I also wrote some poetry (Dutch).

I also started a public diary a few years ago, in which I would write down some of my thoughts of the moment. But it has been a long time since I wrote anything in it.

I kept an account of all our preparations for our marriage, with the title How we got married. During our honeymoon to Hong Kong and P.R. of China, I wrote a diary about our travels. (Maybe this should be counted as a travelling journal.)

When we suspected that Li-Xia might be pregnant, we started a diary for our coming child. The first entry mentions that we picked the name Annabel, for if it would be a girl. It turned out that we were right to do so. Later, exactly the same happened for our second child, our son Andy. Also for him we have been writing diaries.

In earlier 1995, I wrote my first entry for an on-line diary. That diary now has entries in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Some reoccuring subjects in these entries are:

For more information about my experiences with diary writing, please read the answers I once gave to a questionnaire send to me. To get an idea of how a page from my diary looks like, have a look at this picture (Large). It was taken from a time when I used to divide each page into two colomns. This example only contains notes I made about some preachings.

On May 4, 2004, I appeared on Dutch television in the DolceVita talk show to tell something about my experience with respect to diary writing.

From 2009 on, I have used year diaries for taking details notes (often with times) of what I have done during the day. I use the 'general' diaries whenever I feel the urge to write about my emotions and/or feelings.


List of diaries

Below a list of all diaries and related books that I have written and still am writing. The list is sorted on the date that the first entry was written.

Title First entry onLast entry on TypeCoverPages (used)Lined ShopPrice
Personal diary nr. 1 December 1, 1975November 21, 1976 Diary with lock dark green 122No --present
Personal diary nr. 2 November 22, 1976May 5, 1977 Diary with lock orange 128No ----
Personal diary nr. 3 May 12, 1977September 13, 1977 Diary with lock green 124No ----
Personal diary nr. 4 September 14, 1977January 17, 1978 Diary with lock light blue 124No ----
Personal diary nr. 5 January 18, 1978March 24, 1978 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. 6 March 25, 1978May 30, 1978 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. 7 May 31, 1978August 24, 1978 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. 8 August 24, 1978September 18, 1978 Softcover notebookLight blue80 (24)Yes ----
Personal notes September 24, 1978November 26, 1978 Loose sheets--14No ----
Personal diary nr. I November 9, 1978January 3, 1979 Softcover notebookBlue36Yes ----
Personal diary nr. II January 7, 1979February 18, 1979 Softcover notebookBlue36Yes ----
Personal diary nr. III February 18, 1979March 14, 1979 Softcover notebookBlue36Yes ----
Personal diary nr. IV March 16, 1979April 22, 1979 Softcover notebookBlue36Yes ----
Personal diary nr. V April 23, 1979July 28, 1979 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. VI July 29, 1979October 13, 1979 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. VII October 14, 1979December 17, 1979 Softcover notebookLight blue80Yes ----
Letter notebook BR1 December 9, 1979April 20, 1980 Softcover notebookblue/green68Yes ----
Personal diary nr. VIII December 17, 1979February 4, 1980 Softcover notebookBlue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. IX February 4, 1980March 13, 1980 Softcover notebookBlue80Yes ----
Personal diary nr. X March 13, 1980May 22, 1980 Hardcover notebookLight blue144Yes Hema2.00
Bible study notebook March 15, 1980August 21, 1982 Softcover notebookGreen180 (123)Yes ----
Letter notebook BR2 April 21,1980October 7, 1980 Hardcover notebookRed144Ja Hema2.00
Personal diary nr. XI May 22, 1980July 13, 1980 Hardcover notebookLight blue144Yes Hema2.00
Personal diary nr. XII July 13, 1980October 14, 1980 Softcover notebookLight blue180Yes Hema1.90
Personal diary nr. XIII October 15, 1980December 30, 1980 Hardcover notebookLight blue180Yes Hema2.25
Personal diary nr. XIV December 30, 1980February 9, 1981 Softcover notebookBlue180Yes Hema2.00
Personal diary nr. 15 February 10, 1981March 25, 1981 Hardcover notebookLight blue180Yes Hema2.25
Personal diary nr. 16 March 25, 1981August 10, 1981 Hardcover notebookDark blue300Yes --4.50
Personal diary nr. 17 August 11, 1981December 6, 1981 Hardcover notebookBlack240Yes V&D4.25
Personal diary nr. 18 December 6, 1981April 6, 1981 Hardcover notebookBlack240Yes V&D4.25
Personal diary nr. 19 April 7, 1982October 29, 1982 Hardcover notebookBlack240Yes V&D4.25
Dorm life diary June 9, 1982January 16, 1983 Hardcover notebookRed240 (178)Yes V&D4.25
Personal diary nr. 20 November 1, 1982May 8, 1983 Hardcover notebookBlack240Yes V&D4.75
Personal diary nr. 21 May 12, 1983October 19, 1983 Hardcover notebookBlack240Yes V&D4.75
Personal diary nr. 22 October 20, 1983 June 16, 1984 Hardcover notebookBrown240Yes V&D4.25
Personal diary nr. 23
Notes about preachings
June 16, 1984
November 4, 1984
October 30, 1984
May 24, 1987
Hardcover notebookBlack 240 (124)
       (116)
Yes V&D4.25
Personal diary nr. 24 November 3, 1984May 14, 1990 Hardcover bookBlack794No Bookbinder40.00
Personal diary nr. 25 May 16, 1990July 28, 1991 Hardcover notebookBlack192No ----
Friends book January 20, 1991March 30, 1992 DummyDark blue190No ----
Personal diary nr. 26 July 28, 1991June 8, 1992 DummyLight grey190No ----
Friends book, part 2 March 31, 1992January 25, 1993 DummyDark blue190No ----
Personal diary nr. 27 June 10, 1991January 24, 1993 DummyLight grey190No ----
How we got married April 13, 1993October 6, 1993 DummyDark blue190 (67)No ----
General diary January 25, 1993September 27, 1993 DummyLight grey190No ----
Travel diary October 8, 1993 November 19, 1993 Hardcover Flowers ?? (51) No -- --
July 27, 1996 August 25, 1996      (33)
August 16, 1997 August 21, 1997      (13)
General diary Unknown December 7, 2000 DummyLight grey190 (181)No ----
Annabel diary nr. 1 February 2, 1994October 20, 1996 DummyDark blue190No ----
Annabel diary nr. 2 October 29, 1996Januari 3, 2003 DummyDark blue190 (103)No ----
Andy diary nr. 1 January 25, 1997August 1, 1998 DummyDark blue190No ----
Andy diary nr. 2 August 4, 1998September 20, 2003 DummyGreen190 (152)No ----
General diary December 9, 2000January 12, 2003 Half sized dummyBlack190No Boeken
Voordeel
3.95
General diary January 12, 2003June 23, 2006 Half sized dummyBlack190No Boeken
Voordeel
€1.66
General diary June 24, 2006December 29, 2008 Half sized dummyBlack190No Boeken
Voordeel
€1.66
Diary 2009 December 29, 2008December 31, 2009 DiaryPhoto104?-- Broekhuis€9.90
Diary 2010 January 1, 2010December 31, 2010 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Bijenkorf€10.87
General diary January 13, 2010September 28, 2014 Half sized dummyBlue190No ----
Diary 2011 January 1, 2011December 31, 2011 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Broekhuis€13.95
Diary 2012 January 1, 2012December 31, 2012 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Broekhuis€15.95
Diary 2013 January 1, 2013December 31, 2013 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Broekhuis€16.95
Diary 2014 January 1, 2014December 31, 2014 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Broekhuis€16.95
Diary 2015 January 1, 2015December 31, 2015 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Scheltema€16.90
General diary September 28, 2014-- now -- Moleskine notebookPurple192No Broekhuis€11.95
Diary 2016 January 1, 2016December 31, 2016 Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Scheltema€17.50
Diary 2017 January 1, 2017-- now -- Moleskine daily plannerBlack365Yes Scheltema€18.90
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