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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
“She goes, ‘We’ve never seen this man before. We don’t know who he is. When all else fails, we try to run.’”
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Teen
“I’ve been looking for a job for the past few weeks like going around to places in person with my resume and being like ‘Hey, are you hiring?’”
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Adult
“And I found myself like concerned that we would somehow, like, not recognize our driver or our vehicle.”
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Teen
“And then my lips started swelling up…”
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“She goes, ‘We’ve never seen this man before. We don’t know who he is. When all else fails, we try to run.’”
“I’ve been looking for a job for the past few weeks like going around to places in person with my resume and being like ‘Hey, are you hiring?’”
“And I found myself like concerned that we would somehow, like, not recognize our driver or our vehicle.”
“And then my lips started swelling up…”

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.