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MI Diaries

How has your week been? What are you grateful for this week? Tell us your stories. 

We are a project documenting changes in the lives and language of people living in Michigan during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  

Across the state, kids, teens, and adults send us ‘audio diaries’ recorded on their phones or other devices. We send new prompts each week to get the diarists thinking, and they respond! Diarists can receive a gift card every two weeks as a thank you.  

The audio diaries will help us to answer some research questions about how and why language changes over time. 

Join us! It’s easy to become a contributor to MI Diaries.

MI Diaries

How has your week been? What are you grateful for this week? Tell us your stories. 

We are a project documenting changes in the lives and language of people living in Michigan during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  

Across the state, kids, teens, and adults send us ‘audio diaries’ recorded on their phones or other devices. We send new prompts each week to get the diarists thinking, and they respond! Diarists can receive a gift card every two weeks as a thank you.  

The audio diaries will help us to answer some research questions about how and why language changes over time. 

Join us! It’s easy to become a contributor to MI Diaries. 

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This Week’s Featured Diaries

Click on a story below to hear from our adult, teen and kid diarists! 

We only share contributions from diarists who have given us permission, and we always remove identifying information. 

“So we ended up doing a 10K.”
Adult
“So we ended up doing a 10K.”
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“… nasty spicy olives and then a cousin who doesn’t know how to let an unwanted event go.”
Adult
“… nasty spicy olives and then a cousin who doesn’t know how to let an unwanted event go.”
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“There had to have been 700 people come to my mother’s house to visit with my son.”
Adult
“There had to have been 700 people come to my mother’s house to visit with my son.”
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“So we ended up doing a 10K.”
“… nasty spicy olives and then a cousin who doesn’t know how to let an unwanted event go.”
“There had to have been 700 people come to my mother’s house to visit with my son.”

How it Works

Step 1

Tell us how involved you want to be.

Step 2

Receive our thought-provoking prompts in your email.

Step 3

Record your responses on the MI Diaries mobile app.