My Dad is 85 years old and has kept a diary since he was drafted into the RAF at the age of 18. He's never missed a day! When he goes on holiday, the diary goes too!
Me? I've never kept a diary. To be faced with a blank page every day with nothing noteworthy to write upon it would be anathema to me. It would force me to confront the monotony of my daily life!
Dad's also a dedicated photographer, ever since he bought his first camera in Italy during the war. A Kodak black and white film camera. It cost him the grand sum of £32! That fascination with photography has passed to me. Nowadays it's digital images, making it easier to get good photos - and no waiting for them to be developed either. Thank goodness! So I choose to record the less mundane occasions of my life by scrapping photos I've taken of those events. I love photography, although my efforts are pretty average. I take the usual family and scenic photos (like Brighton Marina above) but also enjoy trying to get a different 'angle' on my life (see Choices post at http://cupboardcrafter.blogspot.com/2009/06/choices.html).
The combination of photography and scrapbooking is, in my opinion, a happy marriage.....and more visually interesting than pages of handwriting in a diary. Sorry Dad.