Write Every Day

For those of us who actually, y’know, like writing and try to write every day, it’s never been tougher to actually settle on a platform on which to do so.

Off the top of my head, the following services are available:

But we live in the age of a noisy Internet. Obviously, I love writing as much as the next person, but the problem with many publishing platforms is that they are all designed to be public.

And the thing is, not everything we have to say needs to be shared with everyone.

TL;DR: I think that writing every day is something that many people should do, but not everything we need to write needs to be done so in a public manner. Day One has been one of the best applications that I’ve found that makes it easy to write every day without publishing it for the world to see.

Write Every Day

I don’t think that everyone needs to write every day, but those people who love writing should probably write something every day.

Some people blog everyday – and that’s awesome – some do several times a week – and that’s awesome, too – but sometimes we have stuff to say that don’t belong on our existing blog, or that don’t necessarily have to be publicly available.

All About Day One

Enter Day One.

Write Every Day with Day One

Write Every Day with Day One

In short, Day One is a journaling application that:

  • Syncs with iCloud or Dropbox (based on your preferences)
  • Supports markdown
  • Has an iOS and a desktop application
  • Uses geolocation information from the photos that you take to capture the time, weather, and location of where you were when the photo was taken
  • Supports multiple posts per day
  • Has tags, stars, and all that fun stuff so you can easily categorize your content

My Day To Day with Day One

A couple of weeks ago, I bought the iOS version of Day One in order to help capture pictures and little notes that my family and I were doing during the day.

We don’t live exciting lives by any means, but there are certainly moments or events that I want to capture that don’t necessarily belong on Path, Twitter, Facebook, or on a blog.

I mean, they are interesting to me, but not really for anyone else.

But after using it for a short while, I purchased the desktop app and I’ve found myself writing more and more about different things that I didn’t necessary need to share with the web, but that I felt with getting out my brain nonetheless.

Luckily, the application supports tags so I can easily differentiate between, say, notes on projects or various other topics and family events, pictures, and so on.

This Won’t Work For You

Unless you’re one of those types of people who like to write every day – be it a few sentences, or be it pages of content – this may actually work for you.

I don’t know. I can’t make that call.

But here’s what I know: We live in an age where people are more comfortable sharing more about themselves that at anytime in history.

I believe that it’s up to the individual to be as open as they want to be with their information. For some, that’s going to be more than others.

But for those of us who enjoy writing and try to write every day, it can be difficult to do because we either don’t want to dilute our existing site or social networks with off topic or personal information, nor do we want to go through the effort of spinning up yet another site simply to journal our thoughts.

Day One App has been the perfect outlet for me to continue capturing things, writing things, and keeping notes on things that I’d otherwise simply let pass by because I didn’t have a good medium by which to capture said content.


Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. I was wondering about this Tom. Thanks for sharing your reasoning behind using it. I’ve thought about this app for a while but am not sure how it compares with MacJournal and just a basic notebook in Evernote.

    Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this, if you don’t mind.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Tom! I am the type of guy that likes to write everyday as I seem to have a memory like a sieve for these types of things (making room for numbers and detailed information I guess). I took one look and though ‘oh yeah, this could be real handy!’. Before this I considered Path but it is still public so that didn’t last long.

    I’ll give it a go for a while and see how I go. Thanks again.

    • Sure thing, Jay – clearly I’m a big fan of writing every day. I use Path, but only my close friends and family (seriously, I’ve only like 12 connections in the application) are approved.

      My general rule is that I don’t share anything I wouldn’t publicly discuss anyway. Obviously, that’s just my personal rule but it works so I stick with it :).

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