Day One iOS App Review

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Ever since I was in Middle School I wanted to write my own journal where I could record my daily activities. I went to the store and bought myself a notebook and I also got a good pen to help me write a little neater. My goal was to write every single day about things that happened and things that I did that day. Needless to say, my first try at journaling failed. My first journal lasted about a week and a half and it was soon forgotten and over the years lost. I attempted journaling about two or three more times through the years, but no matter what type of journal/notebook I bought or what type of pen I purchased, it always failed.

I was watching WWDC using the iOS app. While watching WWDC I was presented to Day One. This is the first time I’ve heard of such an app: an app designed specifically to be a journal. After attempting to journal and failing to do so in the past this app got my attention. You can write on it, attach pictures, add the weather, exact time, and many other things. It also has an option to set an alarm to remind you to update your journal. I have been using it to record my daily activities for the past couple of days and I can already tell this will be successful.

These are some great features that you might enjoy as well:

  • Text, Pictures, Weather, Temperature etc.
  • Reminders
  • Sync with iCloud and Dropbox
  • iOS and Mac OS app
  • Personalize font type
  • Share entries
  • Nice overview by Timeline, Photos, Calendar, starred, and Years

All of these features make it great., but you might be thinking: “what if this app goes away in 10, 20, or 30 years?”. I understand this worry because the purpose of a journal is to have something to look back at several years down the road. It’s true that everything has a lifetime, for example, if you keep your journal on a paper notebook, the life of your journal will depend on how well the book is treated and kept. But what about accessing your Day One notebook 30 years from now, how long will it last? Fortunately, you’ve got nothing to worry about. The notebooks are not necessarily Day One dependent. You can convert your journal into PDF or Plain Text, these two formats will be around for a very long time and it will allow you to read your journal from any computer or device even if Day One suddenly disappears. The only limit to the life of your journal will be whether you’ve got it backed up properly on a Flash Drive or other storage device. Theoretically, your journal could last forever if stored right and backed up.

Remember that this app targets people who already have an interest in keeping a journal. If you’ve never tried to start a journal or if you find writing boring, then this app won’t help you get started. But otherwise, give it a try and write the story of your life.

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