So she decided to create DiaryDiscussions.com, an online community where young women (ages 18-35) - and men can connect with each other, share their thoughts publicly or anonymously, and dish about celebrities, TV shows, events, and a gamut of topics from the most serious, including suicide and bullying to the most entertaining.
"It's a 'do, dish, discuss' model," said Burrell, a Laurelton, Queens resident. "I want people to be able to talk about their experiences, get feedback and I want to help women find a place to connect."
The site is a mixture of a blog and a social network. Members who sign up for free can post their thoughts public on the Daily Diary page or privately in the My Diary section. Members can also sign up through Facebook or Twitter as the site is integrated with both.
Burrell says that the site currently has 75 members and she is looking to get more. The hot topic over the last few weeks has been relationships and commitments, she said. Some have even posted about suicide and Burrell is looking to have further discussions on that topic, as well as the topic of bullying. Recently she produced a video for the site about bullying, in an effort to get a conversation going.
"It's an issue that can be felt by everyone," she said. "We're putting it out there so we could do something about it."
Burrell said that there isn't anything quite like Diary Discussions on the World Wide Web. She hopes it takes off. She plans to host events, and even trips with members. Burrell is currently planning a launch party for the site next month.
Burrell also posts to the site and likes to discuss relationships and pop culture. But she remains steadfast in making sure the site has something for everyone.
"I want this to be a place where people feel comfortable talking about whatever they want to talk about," she said.
For more information or to join the forum, visit www.diarydiscussions.com.