about this website
Over the years, I've put together a messy archive of magazines, photos, diaries and illustrations both from and inspired by the mid-00s. This website will (hopefully) provide a cleaner space for you to enjoy it than the hundreds of boxes in my closet.
Ultimately, though, I want emo diary dot com to serve as an archive, both of my own life and yours. If you have any diary entries, screenshots, photos etc, from your own teens and particularly from the mid-00s, I'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love reading other people's diaries and I hope to feature them here.
about emo diary
I've been obsessed with recording my life since I was very small and had nothing to record. Those archives include, among other things, around 50 diaries. In late 2016 I started anonymously posting snippets from my mid-2000s teen journals on Twitter. Since then the project has developed into a zine, Emo Diary, which currently has three issues and has been covered in i-D, Dazed, Popbuzz, Crack Magazine, and Kerrang!, among others.
The zine features longer diary entries, Myspace pages, photos, illustrations and other things that aim to capture the mid-2000s alongside my own personal experiences.
The second issue, Appear Offline, in collaboration with photographer and illustrator Tean Roberts, focused on the ways emo and the internet interacted. It launched alongside a three-day exhibition called Emo Diary Sleepover.
In 2019, I put on a reading at Junior High in LA featuring artists and writers including Kreayshawn, Helen Donahue, and Tasbeeh Herwees reading from their own teen diaries.
The third issue, Issue Less Than Three, launched in late 2019. It focuses on music and my own obsessive fandom and features illustrations by Zoe Paterson.
As a journalist, I write about emo and particularly the revival for outlets like Guardian, Noisey, Dazed, Kerrang!, Alt Press, Louder and Paper.
You can buy the zine here.