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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

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

Day One Uses: A Book 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 how varied the use of Day One Journal has become. This weekly series tries to help you find new things to journal about and enhance your life recording experience with Day One.

Today we start with… » Read More: Day One Uses: A Book Journal

The Way I Journal: Cameron Moll


[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… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Cameron Moll

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… » Read More: Tutorial: Remembering the Past with Day One

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

The Way I Journal: Chris Bowler

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

Three Years


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

The Way I Journal: Matt Alexander

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… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Matt Alexander

Day One Mac 1.9.3 now available

Mac App Store

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

The Way I Journal: 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… » Read More: The Way I Journal: John Carey

The Way I Journal: Shawn Blanc

Shawn Blanc

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

[Shawn] I’m Shawn Blanc, I run three websites:,, and, 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… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Shawn Blanc

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


  • 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

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


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… » Read More: Day One iOS 7 Redesign


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! » Read More: Maps

Promo Video

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

One of my favorite videos I’ve ever gotten to make, starring five of my brilliant, beautiful friends, for @dayoneapp.

— Adam Lisagor (@lonelysandwich) September 23, 2013

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.

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.

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!… » Read More: 1.7.3 Mac Update

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… » Read More: iOS Update 1.10: PDF Export

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… » Read More: App of the Year!

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… » Read More: Introducing Search and Tags on iPhone and iPad