Because they were concerned about Yousafzai's safety, BBC editors insisted that she use a pseudonym.
The blog records Yousafzai's thoughts during the First Battle of Swat, as military operations take place, fewer girls show up to school, and finally, her school shuts down.
In 2009, Yousafzai began as a trainee and then a peer educator in the Institute for War and Peace Reporting's Open Minds Pakistan youth programme, which worked in schools in the region to help young people engage in constructive discussion on social issues through the tools of journalism, public debate and dialogue.
Following the edict, the Taliban destroyed several more local schools.
On 24 January 2009, Yousafzai wrote: "Our annual exams are due after the vacations but this will only be possible if the Taliban allow girls to go to school.
The only alternative was Yousafzai, four years younger than the original volunteer, and in seventh grade at the time.
I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban.
She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.
Her advocacy has grown into an international movement.
Considering Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father's thoughts and humanitarian work.
In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region.
The 2013, 20 issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally.