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Family and Personal History with Day One

The majority of the time I use Day One, it follows a scenario kind of like this: I’m out with my family and something memorable happens. I pull out my iPhone and snap a photo. Then, at the end of the day, I create a few entries with selected photos. (Day One’s use of photo metadata—time, date, and place—is awesome.)

In addition to capturing memories as they happen… » Read More: Family and Personal History with Day One

The Way I Journal: Bakari Chavanu

Bakari Chavanu

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

[Bakari] My name is Bakari Chavanu @Bakari45, and I’m a freelance writer, blogger, author, and staff writer for I sometimes wear a few other hats, including a professional meeting facilitator. I’m happy to announce that I recently published my first iBook, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling

Starbucks’ “Pick of the Week”


Day One was selected as Starbucks’ Worldwide App “Pick of the Week.” For those of you who were lucky enough to get a code for a free copy of Day One during this promotional period, the code is redeemable from February 3, 2015 to April 28, 2015. (Note: If you had the Starbucks app installed and an account created prior to February 3rd… » Read More: Starbucks' "Pick of the Week"

App Santa: Day One and other Award-winning Apps on Sale!

Day One and other award-winning apps are getting in the holiday spirit with the App Santa sale.

The amazing apps in this sale are significantly discounted, many up to 80% off. Some of the apps include: Tweetbot 3, Soulver, Launch Center Pro (great for making Day One Templates), Clear, and many more.

Day One iOS is 80% off and Day One Mac is 20% off!

The Way I Journal: Cecily Walker

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

[Cecily] My name is Cecily Walker @skeskali, and I’m a public librarian and emerging front-end developer based in Vancouver, BC. I’ve also worked as a user experience professional. I’m also on the editorial board of In The Library with the Lead Pipe, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of library and information science. Although these things are what… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Cecily Walker

Day One Update for iOS 8

With iOS 8, Apple is releasing numerous, significant changes to their mobile operating system. The latest version of Day One iOS supports the following new features:

  • Today Extension (Widget)—Get inspired with flashbacks of past entries.
    • Graphs of recent entry counts, daily word counts, photo counts
    • Photo from a year(s) ago on this day (+ random photos)
  • Share Extensions—Now you can easily

Macworld Reviews Day One

In its recent review of Day One, Macworld has this to say:

I’ve kept paper journals in the past, but never stuck with them. Filling those blank pages felt too much like a chore. Bloom Built’s superb Day One makes keeping a journal easier than ever, thanks to smart features and a beautiful, welcoming interface. —Nathan Alderman, Macworld

Check out the rest of Macworld’s review of Day One

Day One Sponsors First Annual 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge


Day One is proud to support’s first annual 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge. Sign-up now to receive journaling reminders, tips, and encouragement when the challenge begins on October 1st… » Read More: Day One Sponsors First Annual 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge

Day One Uses: Dream Journal

Over the years we’ve seen people transform Day One into the most varied, incredible tools. From recording work progress to documenting the first months of a baby’s life, we are constantly amazed by the versatility of Day One. This series tries to help you find new things to journal about and enhance your life-recording experience with Day One.

Today we continue with an unexpected use for Day One: Dream

The Way I Journal: Alan Bailward

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

[Alan] My name is Alan Bailward (@alanbailward), and I’m the senior technologist at a web startup just out of Vancouver, BC. By day I do everything from programming architecture to fixing printers, while evenings and weekends I am a portrait and wedding photographer. I’ve been everything from tech support to a programmer to a system admin (and back… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Alan Bailward

Writing the little daily journal is fun. I have set my usual two pages of writing as the day’s work. I don’t know if I can keep this up from the beginning, but I will try.

-John Steinbeck (Working Days: The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, 1938-1941)… » Read More:

“Writing, then, was a substitute for myself: if you don’t love me, love my writing & love me for my writing. It is also much more: a way of ordering and reordering the chaos of experience.” ― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Swarm (Foursquare) Check-In using Day One

If you want a simple check-in method, Day One’s Publish feature for iOS is a great way to do this.

  1. Create a new entry. Add text and photo, if desired.
  2. Tap the Publish icon.
  3. Tap Foursquare, then choose your nearby “Place.”
  4. Tap Publish.

A native Foursquare / Swarm check-in is created with your entry text and photo. With Day One and… » Read More: Swarm (Foursquare) Check-In using Day One

“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life, and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”

- Nadine Gordimer

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The Way I Journal: Ross Lockwood

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

[Ross] My name is Ross Lockwood (@rosslockwood), I’m a PhD student and simulated Martian. I’m working towards my PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, and participating as a crew member in the 120-day long Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (, a NASA-funded study).

When and why did you start journaling?

I’ve been journaling on and off my entire life… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Ross Lockwood

Day One T-Shirts

By popular demand, we’re selling Day One T-shirts. For the next two weeks until August 1st we’ll be taking orders. Shirts will ship around the end of August. Check them out.

Day One T-Shirt and Sticker Giveaway Results

The response to the Day One T-Shirt and Sticker Giveaway was amazing. Your comments about how you use Day One and the new features you want in Day One have inspired us. Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your thoughts!

Here’s the Facebook page for the contest:

How do you use Day One?

Here are a few verbatim comments about how Day One has been used:

“I use Day… » Read More: Day One T-Shirt and Sticker Giveaway Results

Day One iOS Update with Tumblr Support


We’ve just released the latest version of Day One iOS, 1.14.1. One feature not to miss—Publish now supports sharing entries on Tumblr.

Here are the complete release notes:


  • Tumblr sharing now supported in Publish.
  • Train/metro icon for motion activity.


  • Improved search for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other multi-byte characters.
  • Deleted entries don’t reappear in timeline when sync is disabled.
  • Eliminated several crashes related to the timeline and Publish.
  • Photos

The Way I Journal: Sven Fechner

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

[Sven] I am Sven Fechner and work as a Senior Manager for Cisco Systems across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia. However, I might be more known online for the blogging I do at and, as of recently, I am a co-host at the bi-weekly German tech podcast “Der Übercast“.

Stuttgart, Germany—known for all the beautiful, well-engineered… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Sven Fechner

The Way I Journal: Christine Chan

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

[Christine] I am Christine Chan (@christyxcore), a writer and editor over at I go hands-on with tons of apps and cover everything about them to let our readers know if something is worth checking out or not in my in-depth reviews.

When and why did you start journaling?

I started journaling when I was really young. I always… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Christine Chan

Day One Tip: Overcoming Lapses in Journaling

Day One has helped journaling become a natural habit for me, and that habit has paid off. The tremendous time, effort, and dedication has helped create something of immense value to me.

It isn’t without its occasional hiccups though. There are still times when I just can’t journal—no matter what I try to write—things just don’t flow. Some personal journalers might deem that a bad thing, or assume their journaling days… » Read More: Day One Tip: Overcoming Lapses in Journaling

One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer and which in a general way are naturally believed, surmised and admitted by you, but which you’ll unconsciously deny when it comes to the point of gaining hope or peace from such an admission.

In the diary you find proof that in situations which today

The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it.
—Susan Sontag

The nicest part of having a journal is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I might suffocate.
- Anne Frank

Day One T-Shirt and Sticker Giveaway

We have a fresh batch of t-shirts and stickers that we’d like to give away to you, the beloved users of Day One.

To enter, visit our Facebook page.

Note: If you don’t have a Facebook account, feel free to email with your responses to these questions: “How do you use Day One?” and “What new feature

Apple Design Awards 2014 Winner: Day One


Yesterday, Day One was awarded an Apple Design Award at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference. We venerate Apple as a design and technology leader, and to be given this recognition is tremendously gratifying. We wish to thank all of Day One’s customers—your stories about Day One inspire and encourage us! » Read More: Apple Design Awards 2014 Winner: Day One

Day One Mac 1.9.4 now available

Mac App Store

– Greatly improved search for multi-byte characters (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Emoji, etc.).
– Tags are now included in Momento text entry imports.
– Most recent entry location is shown by default in Map view.

– Header styles are more consistent between Mac and iOS.
– Markdown footnotes link properly.
– Day One icon no longer appears in Mac OS X Mission Control when Main Window is… » Read More: Day One Mac 1.9.4 now available

Tip: Using Markdown Tables in Day One

While the bread and butter of Day One will always be helping you commit your thoughts to words, it doesn’t mean we haven’t packed some extra features for those who want to go beyond that. Day One has a built-in MultiMarkdown syntax parser, so there is the possibility of adding tables to your journal entries.

Why would you want tables in your journal, you ask? Well, what… » Read More: Tip: Using Markdown Tables in Day One