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The Way I Journal: Cameron Moll

An Interview by Tulio Jarocki @TulioJarocki

Day One is passionate about making software that people love to use. From creatives to lawyers, parents to photographers, there are people from all walks of life that use Day One every day to capture the important thoughts, events, and experiences in their lives. In “The Way I Journal,” a new series of interviews with Day One users, we hope to learn the whys, whats, and hows of journaling and Day One. This week we interview Cameron Moll.

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[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

[Cameron] I’m Cameron Moll (@cameronmoll), a designer, speaker, and author living in Sarasota, Florida with my wife and four sons. I’m the founder of Authentic Jobs (@authenticjobs) and Type Structures (@typestructures), an endeavor to print letterpress posters that reimagine buildings as if created in type.

When and why did you start journaling?

I didn’t start journaling seriously until about the time I went off to college. I think at that point I matured enough to realize the importance of capturing the thoughts I was having, the experiences, names of people I was interacting with, places I visited… all those things. In retrospect I wish I would’ve started sooner—a lot sooner. I started taking the idea of journaling seriously, but really didn’t start journaling on a regular basis until around the time I started having children.

The idea of journaling really hit home with me when that happened, and I started to devote a lot more time and importance to capturing what my day was like, what my experiences were like, and wanting to make sure I could share those with my children at some point. That’s when I set aside a day of the week, Thursday morning, to make sure I wrote something at least once a week, if not more. I wanted to make sure I was capturing those experiences my kids were too young to understand, but would appreciate reading later on in life.

When you left for college, was there something, or someone, that inspired you to start journaling? Or, was it something you always wanted to do yourself and just came around to it?

I’m not sure how to answer that. [Long Pause] You know, I grew up where I have a long line of ancestors who have kept journals. So growing up I was able to read from those journals, and hear stories from those journals from great-grandfathers and that sort of thing. My mind had been exposed to the the idea of capturing one’s experiences ever since. I think, as I began to mature in many areas, this was just one of those areas that finally stuck. The idea of allowing others to see who I was through the notes I was capturing became something important to me and something I made time for.

Did you start journaling with paper when you started taking journaling seriously in college?

Yes, strictly paper, really, until Day One came out. I’m kind of obsessed with capturing my own handwriting and allowing those who read my journal at some point to see me through my handwriting. And so, even when Day One came out, there was some initial push back in my mind to capturing something digitally and allowing posterity to know me through a computer font rather than my handwriting.

Of course when I started journaling, computers were just becoming affordable and available to the masses. But, you know, for a while I put up some resistance to using a computer to capture my thoughts and my experiences.

Would you say Day One changed that for you?

Yeah, I definitely think it did. The overall accessibility of Day One, the fact that I can use any of the devices I have with me or at my desk or at my nightstand at home—I think convenience begun to trump posterity being able to read my words. It is one thing for them to see those words with my own handwriting, it is another thing for me to just simply get those words somewhere in the first place. I found that, because of the time and challenges the act of writing takes with a pen and paper, I missed capturing some of the experiences that might’ve been captured quickly through a digital format that I happened to have with me.

Do you still keep a paper journal?

I still do have a paper journal. As a matter of fact, I wrote in that journal recently because I felt, at some point, those who read it would appreciate seeing my thoughts in writing as well, and not only digitally. Right now I keep both, writing more frequently on Day One, but from time-to-time still using paper.

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Do you focus on longform entries, or more on capturing the little moments of life?

I’d say neither one of those, and I’ll explain why. For me, “journaling” isn’t about, “Is this something that is going to require paragraphs to explain?” or “Is this something I can quickly capture with a photo or with a sentence?” For me, “journaling” is capturing those experiences that, if not captured, I may forget someday, and experiences I want other people to know me through. For me it isn’t about focusing on longform or snippets. It is simply: “Is this something important to capture?”. It doesn’t matter if it takes two sentences or a couple of paragraphs.

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For me, there is kind of this mental divide between journaling and all of the other posting that I do in other devices. I view Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as journals of sorts, in that they are capturing this running narrative of who I am and what I’m experiencing. I allow that to capture some of the experience I have—like my son’s soccer game or camping with my family—and eventually sharing those with friends and family or followers. My journal is really those things that are private to me, in some cases even sacred, that I consider only close family members ought to read. At least right now, maybe at some point my journals will be released to a larger audience, but, right now, only the very important individuals in my life are the ones that see it, sometimes. I’ve shared my journal with only two or three people outside the close circle of my wife and kids. Actually, I take that back. I have read from my journals to audiences to show some thought I had, and this is usually at a web design conference, or a church congregation. For the most part, my journal includes private matters that are important to me. I’ll let Twitter and Facebook tell the rest of the story.

That is very, very interesting. Was it always like this, or has the was you journal changed?

No, I think I always looked at journaling as exactly that—just capturing experiences that I feel are very important to me to never forget and allow other to see and experience. My journals were never, “Dear Diary” sorts of journals. There was always a focused approach of opening the pages of my journal to capture the things I hope I will remember for a very long time.

You mentioned previously that you set a specific day for journaling? With your increased use of Day One, do you still keep a routine?

Let me actually check my Day One… For sure, it is no longer a Thursday-only activity for me. It was done, initially, I would say, to make sure I captured at least something once a week in my journal. Now, with the convenience and accessibility that Day One provides, I see I journal pretty much every day of the week. The goal of writing on a regular basis is still accomplished, it is just no longer a set date every week.

I occasionally write several entries in a week and then go another one or two weeks without adding anything, the important thing is:

1) Am I doing it regularly?
2) Am I capturing experiences that might’ve been forgotten otherwise?

Do you recall your first Day One journal entry?

I do, and it was something like a first Twitter entry. It felt like a first Twitter entry, anyway, given it was a very short one. I’ll share it with you:

“I have a wonderful family. I have much to be grateful for.”

My second entry right after that, I made two entries that day, and it was a bit longer. Here it is:

“This is a really simple journaling app by a good friend, Paul Mayne. It syncs with Dropbox and makes journaling as easy as tweeting. Consequently, on a day like today—tsunami in Japan, first day of SXSW, etc.—it seems an appropriate time to start using Day One. (Mac, iPad, iPhone)”

That was the extent of my second entry and that is not typical of what I record. As a matter of fact, it is the complete opposite of the things I normally write, but I felt it was important to capture my first spin at trying this new thing. Looking here, right after that second entry, my third entry was already twelve paragraphs long, mainly talking about my son wanting a dog for Christmas and the typical family discussions associated with that decision. This is a typical entry for me, and I guess I just needed to settle with the first two to then start capturing in-depth experience more.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

iPad the least, iPhone second, Mac first. Oh, paper journal in fourth.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

I have 125 entries so far. About one per week, given I started March 2011.

You said that journaling was as “easy as tweeting” with Day One. Does that still hold true with you?

Yes, I’d say that over 50% of the entries here are short sentences. An example of this, which I actually tweeted out, is a thought I had one of these days about design. I just had to write it somewhere not to forget it. It later turned out that it was worth sharing on Twitter:

“Tip: The best design critiques I’ve experienced began with ‘Here’s what I think is working well’ before sharing what wasn’t.” https://twitter.com/cameronmoll/status/450656693286735872

It was just a thought in my life that I wanted to make sure I would never forget. There are numerous entries in my Day One log that are like this, one or two sentences only recording things I will forget if they are not recorded. It can be as easy as tweeting, but the idea of recording something fast is something that is common to both.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

Hands-down it is the ability to access one repository from numerous devices. That alone is the most important thing to me. I wouldn’t be able to record thoughts like the one above as much if I didn’t do it digitally.

I’m guessing that by the way you say your journal you don’t follow any journal organization rules?

I don’t. I don’t have any structure other than making sure what I put in my journal is something of value. Simple as that.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

Not really. For me, my Day One journal is something with a very specific focus. I like the features in Publish, but it might take me a while to warm up the idea of sharing some of my entries in public, much like it took me a while to start journaling on the computer.

Mentally I don’t want to mix things up. Day One is a private tome of my life, and Twitter and everything else can take care of my other experiences—what I’m doing, who I follow, where I am—all of that. For now, I’ll use Day One like that: To capture thoughts, memories, and experiences valuable to me.

Thanks for your time, Cameron! People like you really inspire us to keep building great software.


Tutorial: Remembering the Past with Day One

One of the big advantages of having a digital journal like Day One is that, at any point, you can search through your entries effortlessly. All your thoughts, ideas, and memories are always one simple search away. It is easy to remember your past with Day One’s powerful search tools.

Not sure how? Let us show you then!

Searching in Day One Mac

Day One has a powerful keyword search that allows you to find entries easily and quickly both on the Mac and iOS. Let’s say you want to find a particular quote from a Kurt Vonnegut book you’ve recently read, but you can’t quite remember it.

On your Mac, first find the search bar on the top right corner of Day One for Mac:

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Then, simply type “Vonnegut” to find the entry that might contain the quote. Find the entry you want from the search results list, open the entry, and enjoy!

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Yes, it’s that easy!

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Map Searching in Day One Mac

Besides our text search, the recent OSX Mavericks update has also allowed us to offer a new Map Search. Instead of finding your entries by keywords, you can browse written entries through a beautiful map view.

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Let’s say you remembered going to a gorgeous beach the last time you were in Brazil, but you’ve forgotten its name. With the Map search feature in Day One for Mac, you find Brazil on the map and look at the entries you made while you there, all marked by blue dots.

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That’s all there is to it.

Searching in Day One iOS

Searching on the go while using Day One for iOS is as easy as searching on the Mac. Let’s try the same search for that Vonnegut book, this time on an iPhone. First, while in the timeline view, swipe down to show the search bar, then type “Vonnegut.”

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Find the entry and the quote you were looking for.

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Enjoy!

Now you know how to use keyword and map search in Day One. Now go journal, and rest assured that Day One will come to the rescue when you need to recall something.

Tutorial: Tracking your daily movement with Day One

If you own Apple devices with the M7 co-processor (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini), Day One is a great way to track your daily movement. Besides containing your memories and ideas, Day One can now track all your activity throughout the day, with very little effort on your part and a minor effect on battery life.

Not sure how to do it? Let us show you how it works:

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Add Motion Activity when creating an entry

Whenever you create a new entry, an icon representing your activity will be automatically added. Whether stationary at your desk or catching a flight home, Day One tracks what you were doing when you wrote your entry.

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For devices that don’t have the M7 chip, users can manually choose the appropriate icon. Tapping the icon in either read or edit mode will display a menu to change your activity.

Add Step Count to an entry

Day One is designed to help you record your walk of life. Now you can do it literally—with no extra effort—using Day One’s new “Step Count” feature. (Available on iPhone 5s) First make sure you have Day One enabled in Settings > Privacy > Motion Activity. The tapping the step count icon in the edit menu will add the count of steps taken up to the creation of the entry.

Day One Step Counting

At this point, if you wish to have the total count for a day, you must create an entry at the end of the day.

Enjoy!

There you have it—easy, daily activity tracking with Day One. Now go out there and enjoy life. Rest assured that Day One will be recording your every step.

The Way I Journal: Chris Bowler

An Interview by Tulio Jarocki @TulioJarocki

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Day One is passionate about making software that people love to use. From creatives to lawyers, parents to photographers, there are people from all walks of life that use Day One every day to capture the important thoughts, events, and experiences in their lives. In “The Way I Journal,” a new series of interviews with Day One users, we hope to learn the whys, whats, and hows of journaling and Day One. This week we interview Chris Bowler.

[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

[Chris] I’m Chris Bowler and I’m a bit like the other folks you’ve interviewed to date; what I do differs from moment to moment. By day, I’m a member of the amazing support team at Campaign Monitor. I also write for my own site and tinker away on design and educational projects for my business. Before that I helped run a web advertising company.

When and why did you start journaling?

If memory serves, it would have started in January, 2012.

Yes. It was pen and paper for the first year or so. There were two purposes to getting started. First, the actual activity is cathartic, whether the end product is useful down the road or not. Just sitting still, taking stock of things, and the act of writing are all beneficial on their own and journaling makes use of all three.

Second, I had hoped to mimic my wife. She had always journaled through our entire marriage. I was seeing how this benefited her when we would reminisce about a particular event; she would often refer to her journal to get details we had forgotten. They weren’t always included, but, more often than not, her journal helped her remember some little details that time had clouded.

What is your journaling routine?

It changes. But basically, I don’t have one. I wish I did.

I’ve had times where there was a routine. I’ve tried making it a regular exercise at the beginning or end of the day. I’ve tried it right after lunch. Nothing has stuck.

So it tends to be sporadic and spontaneous. The end of the day is too tiring and it’s my time with my wife. The middle of the day is too busy, and probably too caffeinated. So most of my journaling is in the morning, but I would like it to be a little more regular.

And that is my goal as is it fits well at this time. I’m more focused and reflective in the morning because it’s my spiritual time. I spend my time in devotions and studying the Bible or preparing lesson plans for the classes I teach. Journaling fits well with these things … if only I could get by on 4-5 hours of sleep ;-)

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Do you focus on longform writing or capturing small memories of life?

Both. I tend to have two types of entries; short narratives on the events of the day (or several days), or longer summaries of an issue that occurred or significant event. The latter tend to be after my wife and I have discussed at length a topic of importance or a big decision to be made.

These longer ones are what I enjoy more when it comes to reading entries from the past.

Do you have a favorite spot you like to journal from?

No. Although that is probably a part of the problem when it comes to making this a habit. If I had a routine, the space would be critical! I hope to have a firm answer to this at some point.

I do tend to have a reading/writing spot in each home we’ve ever lived in. It tends be somewhere with good lighting and warmth. By the fire, or my rocking chair. With a place for a beverage. But I haven’t yet made a place to be the “one spot” for this activity.

What was your first entry in Day One?

Since I started using Day One primarily as a work journal, it includes some details of the work day. A few notes of the progress I made and the meetings attended. Nothing magical!

How many entries do you have in your journal?

576, currently.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

Good question … in no particular order.

  • good typography: this is vital to any app that I enjoy a lot. iA Writer is a good example; I enjoy writing in that app more because of the nice type. Day One is similar, especially how a saved entry looks.
  • markdown support: writing itself is more enjoyable with markdown and Day One does a great job with markdown preview
  • tags: all those longer entries I referred to above … I tend to mark those with a specific tag for revisiting later

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Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

Not the iPhone, never the iPhone. My iPad probably gets the most entries, but the Mac is also used a good bit.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

Just tags. There are a few things that I want to be able to refer back to easily. A good example is home maintenance: there are a few items I have to change around the house on a regular basis. But these instances are months apart, so I like to have that record in my journal.

And when I enter in the more important journal entries, items requiring a decision at some point or habits I want to form, I tag them as “review”. Every month or so I look over the various entries that have this tag and give each some consideration.

That’s about it in terms of structure.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

Yes. As I’ve touched on a couple of times already, I use it for home maintenance items like changing water filters or smoke detector batteries. It’s so comforting to be able to have the exact date for when I last changed these items rather than a vague recollection that is most likely inaccurate.

Apart from that, the entries that matter most to me are less about specific events and more about points in time where I was trying to make a change or a decision.

You mentioned in your Grounded & Steadfast journal that you often track your work progress with Day One? How and why do you do that?

It was originally all I used Day One for. I had a simple habit of throwing in an entry at the end of the day that gave a high level overview of what I had done. I tend to do that more on pen and paper these days however.

But one change in regards to Day One and my work is that I use it to track technical details on certain projects. For many projects, I use GitHub for my version control. But if I have to move a smaller project to a server, I track higher level changes in Day One. Because of its lovely formatting and Markdown support, the code samples look great. Using tags, I can review what changes I’ve made and why I made them.

It’s certainly not proper version control, but it does allow me to keep a high level view of what I’ve done for various projects.

You recently tweeted that you now plan to use Day One for all your writing purposes. Why is that—why do you see Day One as “more than a journal”?

Again, due to the look and feel of Day One, as well as the great search and tag support, it’s a good environment for multiple types of writing. I’ve already described some, but I’ve also thought about using it for meeting notes and draft blog posts. I currently keep these types of items in Simplenote, but Day One is a slightly more attractive environment.

I must admit that there is some hesitation for making this app an “everything bucket”. Because journaling is an inward focus, I do have a sense that I don’t want those thoughts intermingled with external items or simple “tracking” entries.

In the end, because of the ability to search and filter entries, as well as the fact that journals are often filled with both historical information as well as introspective thoughts, I’ve ignored this hesitation. And because Day One treats your data as your data, I can always change my mind at some point in the future.

Enjoying this app as I do, that most likely won’t happen :)

Thanks for you for the great talk, Chris—It was a pleasure!


Three Years

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Day One launched 3-years-ago today and it’s been an amazing ride. From our small team of detected builders, we thank you for all the support and love that’s made it possible for us to get this far.

Here’s to many more as we continue to make Day One the tool to capture and retain your life’s memories.

See Paul’s Publish entry about the anniversary.

The Way I Journal: Matt Alexander

An Interview by Tulio Jarocki @TulioJarocki

Matt Alexander

Day One is passionate about making software that people love to use. From creatives to lawyers, parents to photographers, there are people from all walks of life that use Day One every day to capture the important thoughts, events, and experiences in their lives. In “The Way I Journal,” a new series of interviews with Day One users, we hope to learn the whys, whats, and hows of journaling and Day One. This week we interview Matt Alexander.

[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

[Matt] My name is Matt Alexander and I’m the founder of Need, a refined retailer and lifestyle magazine for men. I’m also the co-host of Bionic with Myke Hurley on 5by5.

When and why did you start journaling?

If we’re truly looking back, I suppose I was really rather young.

As you’d expect, I never wrote consistently, nor did I have too much fun. Instead, the allure of journaling resided solely within the novelty of having a private—sometimes secretive—document of some kind.

In that light, I frequently bought different books to serve as repositories for my thoughts, but I did little in the form of useful, cathartic reflection. Naturally—without an emotional connection—I steadily grew more-and-more distant from the prospect over the years. Whether for lack of time or interest, journaling stopped coming to mind as an outlet.

It wasn’t until I began writing online—many years later—that the prospect reasserted itself. Writing OneThirtySeven, my sometimes-active weblog, shared many characteristics with journaling. It was an intensely personal outlet for my thoughts—albeit one with a present audience.

As I was engaged in writing and sharing, I became increasingly conscious of precisely what I did not want to share. I tested the boundaries of comfort and public accountability and, in doing so, illuminated the topics and ideas that were best suited for a more private medium.

It was around that time, poetically, that Day One was originally released.

So, in other words, I started journaling properly because I needed a place to confront my innermost thoughts. I could share my opinions regarding business and the like on OneThirtySeven or Twitter, but I realized I was in equal need of a repository for myself and no one else.

What is your journaling routine?

As with so much else in my life, I have little structure or routine around my journaling.

I frequently skip several days without a thought. In the aftermath, though, I’ll find myself committing 2,000 words to an entry.

More recently, with the launch of Need, a good friend encouraged me to begin journaling much more. She explained that these memories would prove to be extremely important as my life progressed. That these early days of pursuing a passion would inform much of what I do in later life.

So, I’ve been actively trying to write at least once per week. Or, failing that, whenever I feel something important has happened I’ll immediately seek to commit it to Day One.

Do you focus on longform writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

Typically longform.

As I’ve said, the allure of journaling comes in the form of catharsis. Rather than reflecting on inconsequential elements of my day, I often use Day One to parse my way through the complexities of a relationship or a discussion.

When I was raising money for Need, for example, I used Day One as a means to review discussions I’d had with investors. In doing so, I’d turn over the quality of the various personalities, their business leanings, and, ultimately, I’d be able to uncover whether they were genuinely interested in an investment or not.

There’s obviously value in capturing small moments, but, for me, I’m typically focused on more therapeutic conversations with myself.

Do you have a favorite spot you like to journal from?

I’m writing this early on a Sunday morning—fresh coffee at my side—in my dark apartment. My girlfriend is reading quietly in the next room, whilst I’m sifting through some early-morning thoughts.

I’d say that precise scenario is broadly indicative of my typical habits (i.e., early, dark, and secluded).

The only variable that changes is the precise location, which oscillates between my apartment and my office. For the former, as with today, it’s exclusively early in the morning. For the latter, it’s exclusively late at night.

What was your first entry in Day One?

It was, apparently, August 3, 2012. (Although, upon reflection, I think I may’ve started and restarted—literally wiping the slate clean—several times prior.)

I was in London—my home—visiting my friends and family. I was going through a fairly tumultuous year and, at the time, was meeting with various different companies about ongoing relationships.

On this particular date, I was reflecting on two projects I’d been approached to run and, later, an evening out with friends. Sadly, it wasn’t anything particularly remarkable.

The following day’s entry—more interestingly—was my reflection on my visit to the London 2012 Olympics with my family. I was resoundingly hungover—likely from the aforementioned “evening out with friends”—but documented much of the emotion and pride of that day.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

Not too many given the time I’ve been using the app. Roughly 100, I believe.

Today, it’s increasing rather rapidly, though. (And, fortunately, the average length of entry is decreasing.)

I’m currently writing about three entries per week.

What is your favorite, or most used feature from Day One?

The integration of photography is what first made Day One invaluable for me.

I’m not much of a photographer, but I do take quite a few photographs of inconsequential aspects of my day-to-day experiences—the vast majority of which are not up-to-par to be published anywhere publicly. They are, however, useful indicators of what I’d been doing on a particular day.

Day One allows me to provide context for those fleeting moments. And, these days, I often find myself looking back over former entries and seeing the photographs I included. That’s, more often than not, my most favorite part of the experience.

I’ll stumble across a photo of the exterior of a restaurant before a meeting and then read about the details of that discussion. Or, I’ll happen across a photo of a coffee I had on a quiet, reflective morning.

I truly love that aspect of Day One.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

Almost exclusively on the Mac.

I love the notion of writing on my iPad, but that’s used for little more than some light reading these days. Equally, I have Day One on my iPhone’s home screen, but don’t often think to write with that form factor.

With my Mac, on the other hand, we’re rarely apart. It’s the medium through which I feel most comfortable writing and working and, in that instance, I’m only a click away from Day One at any given time.

Historically, I’ve always had the menu bar icon switched off. More recently, however, I’ve found that to be a great means for logging quick thoughts and reflections. That has really made a big difference.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

Again, as with so much in my life, I love the idea of rigid organization and structure, but I’m more realistically living in some semblance of mild chaos at any given time.

For those who are familiar, the best explanation I can provide is the feeling when you visit a Container Store—an American shop for organizational products—and suddenly feel an infusion of confidence that you can become so much better and more efficient by simply seeing (or buying) these products. That’s precisely how I feel when I think about applying some sort of structure to my journaling and productivity. In reality, though, I cannot function in such a fashion.

So, no. There are no rules to my journaling whatsoever.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

As I mentioned, I’ve been using Day One to keep track of my various business relationships. From investors to photographers, I often reflect on various personalities within Day One.

So, recently, I was approached with an investment offer and used Day One to remind myself of the particular gentleman’s personality before accepting anything. (I ended up not accepting the offer as I’d remarked to myself that I ought to never go into business with him several months ago.)

Similarly, people frequently ask me about the genesis of Need as a concept. And, truly, much of what Need has become was committed to a Day One entry in December 2012—one that has proven to be invaluable for the past year or so. I often find myself returning to that entry to remind myself about the early moments of the concept and the values that informed its inception.

You recently said that you went through a long period without journaling, only to miss it immensely. What made you come back to writing in Day One?

The reason is twofold.

The first—and much less poetic—reason is that Day One is fundamentally a beautiful piece of software. I’m drawn to quality products—particularly those that are able to instill an emotional connection—and Day One is at the forefront of that pack in my digital life.

The second reason is that I felt out of touch with myself.

2013 was a whirlwind. I went from deciding between two job opportunities to raising funding in a matter of two weeks. Similarly, I went from working quietly from home to being apart of a community at WELD. My schedule changed, my friends changed, and I was suddenly being drawn to go to far more events, meetings, and parties.

I rarely found a moment to reflect about what it was, exactly, that I was doing with my life.

So, somewhere along the way, I started committing huge chunks of my day-to-day life to Day One once again. And I’ve stuck with it since.

Thanks for your time, Matt—It’s been a pleasure talking with you!


Day One Mac 1.9.3 now available

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Numerous performance improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Improved timeline performance with smoother scrolling and better CPU usage.
  • Changed the Main Window behavior so it doesn’t automatically open when Day One is made active (e.g., when using Spaces or when another app quits).
  • Improved Menu Bar entry design.
  • Backup folder is not moved when upgrading from version 1.5.5 or earlier.
  • Increased default number of backups.
  • Improved performance and reliability of journal backups.
  • Updated header styles.
  • Fixed erratically refreshing entry count in timeline view.
  • Fixed tags menu so that focus defaults to the empty tags field rather than the first item in the list.
  • Removed rendering artifacts in read mode.
  • Fixed various common crashes.

The Way I Journal: John Carey

An Interview by Tulio Jarocki @TulioJarocki
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Day One is passionate about making software that people love to use. From creatives to lawyers, parents to photographers, there are people from all walks of life that use Day One every day to capture the important thoughts, events, and experiences in their lives. In “The Way I Journal,” a new series of interviews with Day One users, we hope to learn the whys, whats, and hows of journaling and Day One. This week’s interview is with John Carey.

[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

[John] My name is John Carey and what I do can be a bit unpredictable. To some, I am a live audio engineer. Audio engineering is an industry I grew up around and takes up most of my time. To many others, I am a photographer and writer who has been sharing online since somewhere around ’99.

Currently, I am best known for my work on fiftyfootshadows.net, a site dedicated to sharing my photography along with stories, commentary on the world of photography, and a bit of great music for good measure. It’s a lifestyle blog at its heart, but it is slowly evolving into more as time goes on and I explore new ideas. It is most widely noted for the wallpapers I share, often inside posts using my photography as source material and cropping them for desktops and iOS devices.

I also post daily on a photo diary of sorts. It was started as a means to get away from using Instagram so I could share day-to-day photography. It can be found at yesterdaywasonly.net.

When and why did you start journaling?

I have kept journals on-and-off since high school actually. Back then I would use blank books which I often failed to fill up before moving on to new ones. I have always enjoyed writing both creatively and as a means to record parts of my life as they happen—sometimes a modest photograph is not always worth a thousand words. Memories have a funny way of playing tricks on me and journal entries give me a unique perspective on my past.

What is your journaling routine?

My life as an audio engineer leaves my life and freetime fairly unpredictable. My work hours are far from your average 9-5. One day I may have a 5 AM call and others I am up till 3 AM working late at a local music venue. Because of this, I take what time I can get and do my best to cram writing into the breaks between other tasks at hand. While this does leave some entries a little messy, I still find myself able to revisit these ideas later, if they end up being worth revisiting.

There are, of course, slow days and I often take advantage of the calm by letting myself revisit ideas jotted down on busier days and expanding ideas into articles or more coherent statements. Some of my best work comes when an idea strikes me like a flaming arrow and I can’t help but push other things aside to write it all out of my mind. I typically find myself writing until I feel I have wrung every last word out of my head and leave the result to edit later.

Do you focus on longform writing or capturing small memories of life?

As I mentioned above. I often take whatever time I can get when it comes to writing, so a large percentage of my personal writing starts—and sometimes ends—at these shorter statements. My writing is at times less about personal stories such as “I at the BEST apple a few minutes ago” and more observational writing about the world around me. A lot of the time I try to simply get down those “ah ha!” type observations before they manage to slip out of my mind forever.

Do you have a favorite spot you like to journal from?

I enjoy writing in places that give me the least amount of familiarity. Places where I can feel a little lost within. Coffee shops, hotel rooms, park benches, or anywhere that surrounds me either with unfamiliar people or an unfamiliar place. Ideas always flow more naturally when I don’t have the comforts of home surrounding me. I think this stems from my addiction to travel and the emotional high that comes with being lost somewhere where no one knows who I am or why I am there. It gives my mind undisturbed freedom to be anything it wants to be and really get lost in what it is trying to communicate in the written form.

What was your first entry in Day One?

While I had used earlier versions of Day One in the past, it was not until its recent(ish) overhaul that Day One really started to settle into my writing routine. I decided to switch from keeping a blank book around to using Day One when my wife and I went on our honeymoon in Bali after getting married in Seoul. This was back in April 2012. Here is an unedited clip from that first entry:

“As we are taken away by cab I can’t help but remember being with YoungDoo In a hired car on the way to the Taj in India then to New Delhi once again before she left. So many similarities among smell, chaotic roads, people and overall emotion. I’m curious to see how far that feeling extends as we dive deeper into our short stay here…”

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How many entries do you have in your journal?

At the moment it’s around 250, but quickly growing these days because I have moved to using it more regularly for quick notes and ideas that I once used a note-taking app on my iPhone for. I have finally started tagging entries with a series of simple tags to help me organize the things I write. It has been great because I no longer need to export and import text from other applications to get started with a longer-form version of an idea, I just bump down a couple of lines and go to town fleshing out the rest of the topic at hand.

What is your favorite, or most used Day One feature?

My favorite thing about Day One is the way it stays out of my way, yet still manages to keep everything so perfectly organized. I have piles of documents in folders on my laptop from old writings in other apps that I always dread digging through. So many ideas and writings would end up getting forgotten or lost over time. With Day One, everything is in one place where I can easily browse through, and because of this, I find myself being a lot more productive not having to waste time fiddling with file management.

Also, it’s gorgeous. The simplicity of its design, approach, and aesthetic gives me a wide set of tools and information while staying out of my way when I don’t need it. I really love the welcoming, worry-free writing environment it creates.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

I am most comfortable on my MacBook these days and it is where I do most of my longer writing and editing, but I love the single-task approach of the iPad for writing. I have a feeling that, once I inevitably pick up an iPad mini this year to replace my aging iPad 2, I will revisit writing more on the iPad with an external keyboard.

I can’t count how many times I have pulled out my iPhone to write in Day One. It’s proven to be invaluable as a means to lay out ideas quickly and you will often find me sneaking it out while standing behind a mixing console or lying in bed late at night with that one golden idea that I just have to get down.

The fact that all of my writing is anywhere I need it, at any time, on all of my devices, has truly spoiled me.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

I love the idea of scheduled times to sit down and reflect on life but it’s too hard for me to afford the luxury of staying organized with the process. When I write I more often than not am writing to preserve ideas and thoughts as they strike me. For me, inspiration comes from all sorts of unexpected places, so I really have no idea when the need may strike.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

Yes, quite often actually. Because I am able to jump back to a date or time period and quickly browse through entries, I am often discovering bits of wisdom that may have otherwise gone forgotten. Being able to reference past writing easily is starting to become more and more valuable to me as I start to work on developing my style as a writer.

I see that in your site fiftyfootshadows.net you usually couple gorgeous photography to your posts. Is that something you also often do with your personal entries in Day One?

When this feature was added I really loved the idea and I have been using it more and more lately. When I sit down to write about a photograph for a post on 50ft it’s great to be able to have it right there with the writing at its source. It feels akin to pasting a polaroid into an old hardback paper journal. I love that.

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For our readers who are curious about what Mr. Carey writes in his journals, here are some of his public entries on fiftyfootshadows that he remembers using Day One to write, or at least where the ideas started to take shape:

The Way I Journal: Shawn Blanc

An Interview by Tulio Jarocki @TulioJarocki

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Day One is passionate about making software that people love to use. From creatives to lawyers, parents to photographers, there are people from all walks of life that use Day One every day to capture the important thoughts, events, and experiences in their lives. In “The Way I Journal,” a new series of interviews with Day One users, we hope to learn the whys, whats, and hows of journaling and Day One. To kick off this series, we’ve interviewed the estimable Shawn Blanc.

[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

[Shawn] I’m Shawn Blanc, I run three websites: shawnblanc.net, toolsandtoys.net, and thesweetsetup.com, the newest one. I work from home–for myself–managing these websites, doing some writing and editorial direction on them. All of it is focused on software and cool stuff like that.

When and why did you start journaling?

I’ve been keeping a journal for probably twenty years or so now. I started when I was pretty young, about 12 years old. The reason I started journaling was to have an outlet for writing—it was a way to chronicle the things that I was doing throughout my day and keeping a log of events. I’ve had seasons where I focus more or less on that. I’ve always focused on processing life, recording memories or feelings that are interpersonal. Usually it is stuff that has to do with what I’m going through: relationships, work, etcetera. I’ve always enjoyed journaling as a way to process life as I’m going through it and as an outlet for doing writing that is personal.

Did some specific event make you start journaling? Was it something you set out to do for the rest of your life?

It was never a specific thought like, “I want to journal for the rest of my life.” I was never trying to start a life-long habit. My dad has always journaled. I can remember for most of my life waking up in the mornings, going upstairs and seeing him on the couch, reading and journaling with his morning cup of tea. I definitely saw that from my dad. I don’t think there was a specific moment, person, or event that made me think: “I should start a journal.” I just have the memory, from years ago, of starting a journal and starting to write down the things I was doing that day. Maybe a Bible verse that was important to me, or an event that was meaningful that day.

What is your journaling routine?

I really don’t have one. I’ve had different routines off and on. I’ve had it where, at the end of the day, I’ll drop in a list of what I did that day in Day One. I’ve had it before where, in the mornings, I included journaling in my morning routine. But I don’t really do either of those right now. It really has been off-and-on—sometimes I have routines, sometimes I don’t. Now, I write when I’m interested in something, sometimes I feel the urge to write something down. It is a little more spontaneous.

Do you focus on longform writing or capturing small memories of life?

I’d say both. One thing that I really like about Day One, and this is where Day One really took off for me, is the ability to add images to my journal. You guys added this feature sometime in 2012. That was a huge thing for me because I felt like I could capture the small moments of life through pictures and easily drop that into Day One. Before I focused more on longform because I was writing in an actual journal with pen and paper. Day One has evolved quite a bit, so now I focus on both longform stuff and in the small details, whatever is important at that moment. Or, maybe if there is something heavy that I need to process by writing about it in my journal, I do so in Day One.

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Do you have a favorite spot you like to journal from?

Not really. Pretty much anywhere.

What was your first entry in Day One?

My first entry won’t be my actual first entry in Day One. When I started using Day One, I started importing entries from another service I used called Oh!Life. I was using that for a while, starting way back in 2005. Obviously, Day One didn’t come around until much later. There were some journal entries that I added to Day One from word documents and other digital files. All of my paper journals are still paper journals, but everything that I’ve done digitally I copied and pasted into Day One. My only digital location for things journal related today is Day One. My first entries goes way back to 2005, but 2009 was when I started doing more digital stuff. 2012 was when Day One added the picture functionality, so I started using it regularly ever since.

You mentioned previously that you journal both digitally with Day One and physically with notebooks. Why do you still keep a paper journal?

Yes, I do. There is something special about writing with pen and paper—I just enjoy it. Sometimes it’s just more healing, or even thought-provoking. Analog writing with pen and paper is something I still enjoy occasionally.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

I have 241 entries so far.

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What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

I think my favorite feature is a combination of the ability to add photos and all the extra metadata that gets added to an entry along with the content—weather, location, date, and time. To me that’s super valuable. It’s a quintessential example of using iPhone technologies to add value to something without any extra work on my part. I can look at it later and see all the things surrounding the entry—it contributes to the memory.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

I probably use Day One the most on my iPhone or on my iPad. Most of the pictures are taken on my phone and most of the longform entries are done on the iPad, mostly because my Mac is on my desk in my office. I’ll usually just take my iPad to the couch, coffee shop, or backyard to get away from work and write my thoughts down.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

No rules whatsoever. It can be work related, it can be personal, it can be statistics, it just can be whatever—anything that seems worthwhile. I guess for some people, having a focus or a set of rules might help them know what to write about. I find that I put more in my journal when I have no rules on what to add.

Do you tag your entries?

I use tags for family, kids, dreams, and work. If it’s an obvious tag, I’ll tag it right away. I’ve never had a problem finding things with Day One’s built-in search. The interesting aspect for me is not the tag of an entry, but its date. I always love to know what happened a year ago from today. That’s all the organization that I really need—dates.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

Sure. Ideas, goals for the year, and things of that nature. It’s not just a journal of memories, or just a log of events—It is a container for anything that’s important to me and that I want to write down.

Thanks for your time, Shawn—It’s been a pleasure talking with you!


There is a lot more to come over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Day One Mac 1.9.1 now available

Mac App Store

Lots of great improvements and enhancements in this release. Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive feedback for Day One, it keeps us fired up to continue improving.

Mac App Screens

New

  • Menu Bar entries now include location and weather
  • Star Toggle added to Day and Timeline View
  • Step count and motion activity icons displayed with entries
  • Drag Photos out of entries and have entry date as filename
  • Double-clicking dots in Maps view will zoom to that location
  • CMD + T keyboard shortcut for toggling tags on/off and CMD-L for toggling the location menu
  • Sorting menu in the Calendar view
  • Repair location button added to Map view list of entries
  • Spacebar to open photos in quick view
  • Blank entries collapsed in timeline view
  • Option to disable analytics
  • Show names for bodies of water if street address unavailable
  • Speed improvements

Fixes

  • Remove additional alerts about location services.
  • Drag and drop from Lightroom produces low-res image.
  • Clicking on text in read mode makes it so the spacebar doesn’t work.
  • Various Map display issues.
  • Addresses changed by moving the pin don’t stick.
  • Read mode arrow navigation issues.
  • Better handling of Dropbox ‘Conflicted Copy’ files.
  • Quick Menu improvements.
  • Video embeds are not rendered in 1.9
  • “New Day One Entry With Selection” in Services Menu Doesn’t Work
  • Various crashes fixed

Download here

Promotional image backgrounds courtesy of John Carey / fiftyfootshadows.net

Journaling Series

The Day One Journaling Series, a special collection of articles by user Tulio Jarocki about journaling is now back online and hosted here on our site. Make sure to give it a read:

  1. Why to Journal and Why Day One
  2. What to Journal
  3. The Keystone Habit of Journaling
  4. Journal Organization: Tags & Markdown

Newsletter #3: iOS 7 Update

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Day One iOS 7 Redesign

We are happy to release a great update to Day One for iPhone and iPad version 1.12, a complete redesign to match the new style and feel of Apple’s beautiful iOS 7.

Since its launch in Spring 2011, distraction-free journaling has been a guiding principle in Day One’s user interface. With Apple’s release of iOS 7, Day One’s writing experience is even more refined with redesigned icons, navigation bars, and more.

Great improvements made to the iPad app take full advantage of Apple’s amazing Retina devices.

Activity tracking

Apple’s new M7 coprocessor has inspired Day One to add even more context to your entries. Whether stationary at your desk or catching a flight home, Day One tracks what you were doing when you wrote your entry. (Available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini)

Daily Step Tracking

Day One is designed to help you record your walk of life. Now you can do it literally—with no extra effort—using Day One’s new “Step Count” feature. (Available on iPhone 5s)

Background fetch for Dropbox sync using the new iOS 7 background updating

Even when its closed, Day One is still open for business. With iOS 7′s new background fetch for Dropbox, entries created on other devices are waiting for you in Day One.

Track currently playing Music (Display what track is being played on the device)

Day One automatically adds context—date, time, weather, and more—to your entries. Now, as you listen to music with iOS’s Music app, track titles are added to journal entries.

Release Notes Day One iOS 1.12
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App Store Day One iOS

Maps

Today we are very proud to release an big update for Day One on Mac OS X. Taking advantage of the new Mapping features of Mavericks, we’ve added some incredible new ways to rediscover your history. Enjoy!

Full release notes here: Day One Mac 1.9
App Store: Day One Mac 1.9




Full release notes here: Day One Mac 1.9
App Store: Day One Mac 1.9

Promo Video

Super excited to share this promo video created by Adam Lisagor and Sandwich Video.

Delight is in the Details

Check out this fantastic ebook written by Shawn Blanc called Delight is in the Details. An audio book, eBook, and interview series for people who make things.

A product is made great through all the little details that go into it. This, however, is easier said than done.

With 8 audio interviews including Day One founder, Paul Mayne. http://shawnblanc.net/thedetails/

Recent Tweets

A few recent Day One tweets from our great Day One fans:

Apple Celebrates 5 Years of the App Store

We are happy to announce we’ve been invited to be a part of Apple’s 5 Years of the App Store celebration. Day One was selected a one of 5 paid apps made free for the week of the celebration (July 8th – 14th). At the end of this week, the price will return to $4.99 US, while the Mac app companion remains $9.99 US.

App Store Anniversary 5 years

From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we’re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time*. Plus, look back at the key moments that have made the App Store the world’s most innovative destination for apps.

This is a great milestone for Apple’s platform that has opened the doors to indie developers and creators to turn ideas into profitable products and companies. Day One would not be where it is today without the App Store.

We’re grateful for Apple supporting and promoting Day One, and also for our dear users, whose positive reviews and 5-star ratings keep us moving forward with success.

Journaling with Day One Series

Friend of Day One, Tulio Jarocki has gone above and beyond to share with us via his blog his impression, uses and methods for making Day One a vital part of his life and writings.

Take a few minutes and read through this fantastic series to get an idea of just how dynamic and flexible journaling with Day One can be. Not to mention how great it can be for your mental health.

  1. Why To Journal & Why Day One
    • Journaling allows you to understand yourself better
    • Journaling allows other people to understand you better
    • Journaling reminds you of the little details of your life
    • Journaling makes you a better writer
    • Journaling is the best motivation you will ever have
  2. What To Journal
    • Your Innermost Thoughts
    • Things That Impacted You: Events, Articles, Quotes, Ideas
    • Goals You Wish to Achieve
    • Your Impressions on Movies, Books, Music
    • Little Moments of Joy
    • Memorable Meals
    • Places You Visited
  3. The Keystone Habit Of Journaling
    • How Habits Work
    • The Journaling Habit
    • A Keystone Habit
  4. Journal Organization: Tags & Markdown
    • Tags (Reviews, Meals, Thoughts, Trips, Goals, Personal)
    • Markdown
  5. Advanced Journaling: Automation & Templates
    • Automation
    • Templates

1.7.3 Mac Update

We’re happy to announce that Tags are now supported in the Day One Mac app version 1.7.3.

This is a minor improvement as we’re working hard on a major update for Day One Mac with many fantastic upgrades and features.

The next update will include PDF Exporting, Printing, Location and Weather for Mac.

Enjoy tagging your entries and keep writing!

iOS Update 1.10: PDF Export

We are happy to announce PDF Exporting, a great enhancement to your Day One journal. With the release of version 1.10 on iPhone and iPad, you now have the ability to export your entire journal, selected filtered entries or a single entry to a beautifully formatted PDF file.

Day One PDF Export

You can send the PDF directly to cloud services, email or even print directly to AirPrint compatible printers. You can also retrieve the PDF files in iTunes. We love sending our PDF exports to Apple’s iBooks app—the navigation and reading mode is the perfect way to browse the PDF copy of your journal.

Day One PDF Export

With the export filter options you have the ability to only include specific tags. For example, you can export a PDF of all your “European Vacation” tagged entries. There’s also a easy to use date range filter to help you further refine your export.

This feature assures that these treasured entries are backed up and available to you in a format that you can save, share and store forever.

The 1.10 update (Release Notes | Download Here) also includes some great speed and sync improvements as well as 30 days of historical weather data. We’re on a mission to make Day One better and better. Thanks for supporting us.

Give us a rating review on the App Store if you find it useful. Thanks.

App of the Year!

We’re so honored to have Day One awarded with the Mac App Store 2012 Mac App of the Year.

As we approach the two year anniversary of launching Day One, I’m excited to report that the success of Day One has allowed us to continue improving these apps for the foreseeable future. I cannot wait to roll out the many great features we’ve been working on that will enhance your memories. All while keeping a focus on the core concept of Day One, which is writing and recording your life in a simple and elegant way.

Day One Mac App of the Year

Big shout out to Ben Dolman, the lead dev for Day One and the core Mac app developer. We are lucky to have him on our team.

Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for Day One. Thanks to Apple for creating these wonderful devices and platforms and the recognition for our efforts. It definitely lights a fire in us to go the extra mile.

Paul

Introducing Search and Tags on iPhone and iPad

Day One 1.9 is now available for download on the iPhone and iPad App Stores.

The new features in 1.9 are Search and Tags, two items that have been a long time coming. It wasn’t due to lack of users requesting these items, we’ve got a fair share of those, rather we felt that improving the core functionality of sync, stability and ease of input needed to be better established first.

For detailed information on how these work, see these documentation / tips pages: Search Tips, Tagging Tips.

We worked hard to make entering tags an elegant task with autocompletion using Hashtags or quickly pulling down to type a tag into the top entry area, also accessible via the tags button int he Edit Bar. You can even add tags from the Timeline view by swiping an entry and tapping the Tags icon.

Day One 1.9 iPhone

Search is fast and really intuitive. Finally we can tell our friends the last time we had lunch together or exactly when we took that vacation. This update really does tie the core concept of Day One Mobile together.

Day One 1.9 iPad

For the geeks out there like us, we are happy to add Footnotes support for MultiMarkdown. See a full list of features added in this update in the iOS 1.9 Release Notes.

Start tagging away!

We’ve come a long way

Jack Dorsey, the creator, co-founder, and Chairman of Twitter, Inc. And the founder / CEO of Square tweeted a nice endorsement for Day One today.

Paul Interviewed on the Verge

Ellis Hamburger reporting from the popular tech news website, The Verge recently interviewed Paul for the ‘5 Minutes on the Verge‘ section.

People have been creating digital journals for years, but Day One feels different. What’s the most important thing that contributes to its success?

I think the idea of micro-blogging or short status updates based on popular social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, allows users to easily grasp the concept of Day One. It’s capturing personal thoughts and ideas in a way people are already familiar with, without having to share these writings publicly. It’s focused, it’s designed in a way that’s clean and not overwhelming, and it’s easily accessible in a way that makes the idea and motivation of keeping a journal fun.

Read the rest: Day One journal creator Paul Mayne: ‘expressing things without filters is liberating’

Day One 1.8.1 Update for iPhone and iPad

It’s been six weeks since the major update that added Photos, Locations and Weather, which have been very well received. Today we’ve released a minor update to address several nagging bugs and issues as well as a good handful of cool enhancements including auto embed support for Vimeo and YouTube videos.

Day One 1.8.1 Video Embed

This makes it really easy and elegant to place a hosted video inside your Day One entry. We are working on and planning many more media types in the next update, so look forward to that.

We’ve also added the ability to auto link @twitter usernames and support for the new iOS 6 and iPhone 5 with 4-inch vertical screen. See a detailed list of updates in the Release Notes.

Download: Day One 1.8.1 for iOS

There’s a lot more in store as we improve and work on the next major update, so stay tuned and keep on logging your life with Day One!

ps. If you enjoy the app, the best way to show appreciation is by leaving a rating in the app store. Thanks so much.

Day One Mac 1.7.1

We pushed a quick update on the Mac to resolve several unexpected issues with the Dropbox migration and Sandboxing.

Download Day One Mac 1.7.1

  • Temperature scale setting (defaults to Celsius outside of US)
  • Fixed Menu Bar app issues
  • Fixed multiple “Lost access” dialogs on 10.7.4
  • Fixed issues with custom Dropbox folders
  • Fixed issues with non-English Dropbox languages
  • Fixed bug with keyboard shortcut

Sorry if you were affected by any of these issues.

Reviews from the New Updates

I’m happy to report the new update has been a success and users are happy to be adding photos and locations with weather to their entries now. There have been several reports of users going back into the past and adding several photos to previous entries. Myself included.

I’d like to share some of the excellent reviews and coverage of Day One in the media:

The Verge, Day One: journal app nirvana in the Twitter age by Ellis Hamburger:

Day One is a private log of your thoughts, and the other miscellanea you find worth noting in your daily life. Thanks to a simple and always accessible new kind of micro-journaling in Day One, I’ve again realized the value in smelling the roses and writing down the little things that matter.

Shawn Blanc, Review: Day One:

If being able to add photos is Day One’s killer new feature, the icing on the cake is the automatic adding of location and weather data to your journal entries.

MacStories, Review: The New Day One by Federico Viticci:

Day One stands out because it’s not a tool, it’s a personal experience. I can tell you what Day One does, and I can write about the things I do with it. But I can’t tell you how you should use it.

Federico also shared this tweet:

And guess what? Most used app these days is Day One. That’s some serious life-changing software for me. Keeps me going.

LOKAN, Day One Update with Photos, Locations and Weather:

Belated Praise for Day One by Matt Alexander

In essence, Day One has provided an invaluable semblance of coherence to the disjointed digital wilderness in which my data — and, therefore, my experiences — reside.

Ben Dolman and I were invited to speak on an awesome new 5by5 podcast called Systematic hosted by Brett Terpstra. Listen to us talk about design, programming for Day One and other geeky stuff.

Systematic: Episode 4

Speaking of Terpstra, Brett followed up his nice giveaway of 10 sets of Day One promo codes with a really cool way to import your social feeds into Day One. See Slogger.