I have done a lot of doodling and writing on paper without much purpose for pretty much my entire coherent life, yet none of it has been in any kind of consistent or single location. Ever. I’ve always kind of thought that a journal was more just a diary for boys, so I just wrote anywhere, but it was always a hot mess lacking organization.
Enter Day One. I have been using this app since the day it was released, and I can only scratch the surface in telling you how much it’s changed the way I record and reflect on my every day.
Having both Mac & iOS clients means that I’m rarely ever more than a few taps or clicks away from recording a moment. Having it be private and secure allows me to reflect honestly and think out loud without clouding my mind with the fear of someone stumbling onto my scrawlings.
In many ways it’s lessened what I tweet (and sadly, also cut into the amount I write here) because I often simply just want to savor a memory of a particular event or experience, but not necessarily broadcast it to the world. I love having it as a journal to record Maria and I’s memories together of the places we go, or the experiences we have that writing/sharing online just isn’t the proper platform for. Even just for personal ideas, or future endeavors, it’s a great place to save such things because it’s completely searchable.
This is only a very small facet of why I highly recommend Day One if you have any desire to create a written or photo journal of any kind. Day One and the fellows at Bloom have offered me a nearly resistance free writing habit that I couldn’t give up now.