A while ago, I blogged about the new diarying application that I was using – Day One.
A quick refresher – Day One is a suite of apps which works across iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Macs. Since my daily computing workflow stretches across an iMac, Macbook Pro, iPad and iPhone, if I didn’t have a way to easily access the journal across these, I’d probably stop using it quite fast. Indeed, any time that I’ve tried to have a journal in the past, either paper or digital, I’ve been stopped by not being able to write an entry at the drop of a hat. My drawers are littered with attempts, from simple notebooks to fantastically ornate hand bound hardbacks.
In that last blog post, I spoke about the features present in the app. Since I’ve posted that, one main new feature has been added – tags. You can now use #hashtags to tag your diary entries on iOS, for easier searching later. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to carry over to the Mac app yet, although I presume that they are working on adding this feature to the Mac.
Over the past month, I’ve been using the app quite a lot. While I haven’t been using it daily, as only really enter something in if I feel it significant enough, I’ve written 20 entries, most of which include location and weather information (automatically created, if you post from an iOS device) and some of which include a photograph. I’ve had the app remind me at 9pm each night that I need to write something in it, and it helpfully provides a little piece of inspiration (“Write a letter to a dead loved one”, “This is not a pen, it is a prayer”) each time you begin writing on the Mac. I generally ignore these.
One thing which I find annoys me is the inability to add location data via the Mac app. So what happens is I write the entry on my Mac, import the photo (generally through Photostream in iPhoto), open the entry on my iPhone, add location data, and am then finished. Surely the Mac should let you add location data, if you want?
So, yes, it seems that over a month later, I’m still using this journal. This means that it has beaten most previous diary attempts I’ve made, bar perhaps the Benrik attempts. Let’s see how well I’m doing, 28 weeks later! I’ve set iCal to remind me, on June 9th 2013.