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ADVICE REQUIRED - WHERE TO KEEP MY DIARIES

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geek84
geek84 Scope Member Posts: 100 Courageous

Good Morning Folks

Please delete the following query if you think it’s not appropriate for this group.

I have had a very difficult and miserable childhood due to my disability and hardly a day went by, without being teased or picked on a school and college.  I didn’t have very supportive parents either.

Many years ago, I decided to start keeping a diary in which to record how my day went and any thoughts or feelings I had for that period.

I have now got a 'stack' of those diaries which are now taking up most of my bedroom space.

 

If the worst comes to the worst, my house could get burgled or catch fire and I could lose all those diaries.  These diaries go back to the mid-1980s.

 

Is there any where I could put them for safe keeping?

 

Also, is there any way I can put them online so that I can keep them 'forever'?



Thanks in advance for your responses.


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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 13,629 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you can be bothered, and it sounds like it would be worth the time investment, you could photograph every page and store it digitally. That way you're then free to duplicate it easily and store it on your computer or one or more storage drives which can be kept in as many different places as you want

    My Dad used to be a police officer, an old fashioned one who would always carry a notebook…when he went back to civilian life he still kept on the habit of always having this small notebook with him, in which he would write all his most important things…passwords, addresses and stuff. I kept nagging at him that he really needed to make a duplicate of it, because one day he might lose it, he never did, and guess what happened?
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,081 Scope online community team
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    Wow, that's a great history of your life there @geek84 have you thought about scanning them all so you could keep digital copies on a flash drive, or on a cloud storage site like Google cloud? 
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  • hyancinth
    hyancinth Community member Posts: 31 Courageous
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    You can get fireproof safes, they can be as small as one for a laptop. They can be embedded into something like concrete or bricks or as they are so you could store anywhere.

  • geek84
    geek84 Scope Member Posts: 100 Courageous
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    Thanks for al your suggestions, folks
  • JudithL
    JudithL Community member Posts: 67 Connected
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    Scanning or photographing the pages would best if you’re thinking about storing digitally. It can be quite tricky to get good quality photos of documents I’ve found, so I generally go for scanning, but my disability affects holding a camera, that might be less of an issue for you. 
  • A_CRUCE_SALUS
    A_CRUCE_SALUS Community member Posts: 19 Listener
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    Scan them and stick copies on at least 3 hard drives and label them 1/2/3 hopefully stash one with family somewhere else. The fireproof safe is a good idea but nowhere near foolproof unless you pay a fortune for a professional one.
    The really sad thing is no one seems to care; least of all our own families. I have tried for years to enthuse but to no avail. I have always keep videos, photoes etc because I was a techie since the 60s...no one has ever asked about them, let alone to see them. I did some archive copies on CD and then DVDs back then and sent them all over.... quite tragic really. Half the family now gone and a million n one questions to ask which I myeself never even got around to. So do it for yourself if you really feel so inclined.

    STUNNING piece on the news today about the value of saving history and how everything came together to save RONS PLACE. Possibly the greatest news I have heard in decades that some people really DO care about our memories. This is "everything" coming together perfectly for a change.

    Ron's Place: Artistic fantasy world gets listed status


    You cal also easily publish it in hard cover books via amazons creatspace pretty much free. This might be a more readily handy variant whilst people still actually read books.




  • geek84
    geek84 Scope Member Posts: 100 Courageous
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