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Weekend Update – The This App Made Me Succeed at Keeping a Journal Edition

>> Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekend Update

I have been a serial failure at keeping a journal over and over again since I was about twelve years old. This week I hit a major milestone and reached the one full year mark of daily journaling.

What was the key? The Day One App on my phone and tablet. Seriously. I love this app.

For me the game-changer was the ability to use photos as part of my daily journal. I have been doing the Photo a Day thing on Instagram for over two years now. The thing that I learned from that is that those photos became a sort of photo journal for me.

The Day One App let me take that a step further and combine a daily text journal and photos.

I happened to get the app when it was available for free on a special offer but I can tell you it's worth the cost. If you're hesitant about spending the money then you should follow @dayoneapp on Twitter. When a special offer is available then you'll know and can grab the app.

I'm now at the point where I can look back and see what I was doing this time last year and this shocks me. I have never stuck with a journal format or process for even close to a full year. I started out with just a photo and a sentence or two but now that it's become more of a habit and a daily ritual I'm expanding my entries more often.

I sync through Dropbox so I have a backup and I can access my journal both on my phone and my tablet. There is a desktop application for Macs but I have a Windows laptop. Luckily there is a nifty little desktop viewer that is built in java. I don't use it a lot because I do use my phone and tablet most but it's handy to have and while it's not a full version you can edit and save entries if you need to be able to do that on a windows machine.

Bottom line, this app turned me into a success at maintaining a daily journal habit after a lifetime of short lived attempts. I highly recommend this app. Go check out the Day One App website for more information. Also, in case you're wondering, they didn't ask me to write this and don't even know I did.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


Bryan G. Robinson 7/20/2014 7:47 AM  

I like Day One too...sadly, I have an Android. But I've found other similar ones, including ones with backup. The only thing is I'm not good at journaling daily. I have been doing the #100happydays thing on Instagram and for now it's good enough, and I do have photos backed up on Dropbox. I haven't been feeling very the way, a happy belated bloggiversary. I'm sorry I missed it earlier.

Beth F 7/26/2014 4:13 AM  

I think I lasted something over 30 days. Maybe 60. In any case, even using a photo and writing only 3 lines I was a fail. I've tried countless times since I was a little kid to keep a diary or journal. I just can't do it.

Tif Sweeney 8/09/2014 7:40 PM  

I have been seriously considering something like this for so long, but still have not yet taken the plunge. Part of the reason is because I also have an Android and this one is not available, though there is a similar app. I like journaling and would love to be more consistent at it. At this point, I have only been doing it sporadically.

SuziQoregon 9/10/2014 9:01 PM  

Bryan: it would be nice it they'd build an android version but I'm glad you found alternatives.

BethF: Alas - the magic app or method hasn't hit for you yet. Maybe soemday.

Tif; Seriously I love this app

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