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Trac Nguyen, 22, started his Live Journal in October of 2002 out of curiosity while at the University of Florida majoring in Advertising. Trac, a graphics specialist for Zimmeran & Partners Advertising, has since used the site to help improve his creative writing skills.

Trac Nguyen at the computer with his Liver Journal page up.“If someone were to start reading it (his Live Journal) I’d like to get them interested as I practice my writing skills,” Trac said.

Whereas some people use Live Journal as an online diary to chronicle their daily lives, Trac uses the site to practice his writing skills by adding humor, wit and personal commentary on his entries pertaining to his life.

“I try not to get bogged down in every day life,” Trac said. “I try to make it an enjoyable read.”

When he starts out an entry, the idea usually starts when he experiences something good enough to tell his friends. Then he comes up with comments or opinions to make it worthwhile. He types without thinking, then fine-tunes and revises it.

“I'm like one of those drivers in the movies that inadvertently get into some action-packed scenario involving stolen goods and crime lords. Except instead of underground criminals, I transport family and friends and instead of cocaine or ivory revolvers, I carry the smelly food my mom gets in California. But the car chases are still the same.”
-excerpt from Trac Nguyen's Live Journal

Among the features of Live Journal is the ability for users to receive feedback on any given post. The feedback, Trac said, is a good way to for him to get different perspectives and comments on his entries.

Trac appreciates the feedback he gets when it pertains to his writing styles. He has developed a small group of loyal readers among his friends, acquaintances and other Live Journal users who have stumbled onto his page and enjoyed his writing style

The feedback, Trac said, is a good way to for him to get difference perspectives and comments on his entries.

“There have been a few instances where random people have shown interest,” Trac said. “People know I’m there to improve my writing.”

When Trac has not posted over lengthy periods for various reasons, people have expressed their disappointment at not having new posts to read, he said.

With regular readers among his friends, Trac does not bare his entire soul in his writing, holding back on some his more private thoughts and moments.

“This is not really a diary or journal for me,” Trac said. “I’m not going to say everything that’s on my mind.”

The feedback, Trac said, is a good way to for him to get difference perspectives and comments on his entries.

“You get better once it’s all out there,” Trac said.

Trac's LiveJournal Site