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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 week 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 week 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. 

Adult
“When I poured the cinnamon into my crush’s mouth, she began choking violently.”
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Adult
“Well, while this is happening the casket slips and now it’s tilted.”
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Adult
“You can look across and see all the dots of where the luminaries are lighting the cemetery.”
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Teen
“I am always and forever their Snow White.”
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Teen
“I don’t know how he did it, but he beat it, and he was wearing an Elmo suit.”
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Kid
“I would probably win every single race, and it would make my life a lot simpler.”
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“When I poured the cinnamon into my crush’s mouth, she began choking violently.”
“Well, while this is happening the casket slips and now it’s tilted.”
“You can look across and see all the dots of where the luminaries are lighting the cemetery.”
“I am always and forever their Snow White.”
“I don’t know how he did it, but he beat it, and he was wearing an Elmo suit.”
“I would probably win every single race, and it would make my life a lot simpler.”

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.