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Reminders & Templates

Learn how Day One’s reminders and templates can help you make a habit of journaling… » Read More: Reminders & Templates

Encryption Update

“Next to doing the right thing, the most important thing is to let people know you are doing the right thing.” —John D. Rockefeller

It’s been a couple of months since our previous encryption blog post, so we wanted to give you another update.


We’re making great progress. It takes time to do it right. We don’t have a release date to announce right now.


We’ve been sweating the details of… » Read More: Encryption Update

The Way I Journal: Asatuurs Keim & Dennis Le Prevost

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

Asatuurs Keim: I am a filmmaker from Brighton, England where my studio From the Sky is based.

Dennis Le Prevost: I recently retired as an IT manager for a bank and I am now traveling on my motorbike with Asatuurs through 30 European countries making a documentary film about our journey.

When and why did you start journaling?

Asatuurs: I use… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Asatuurs Keim & Dennis Le Prevost

Day Evaluations

Journaling. I never had a journal in my life. I never wrote down anything from my ‘childhood’ days nor did I really keep anything. Perhaps I was too engrossed in the present moment to care about writing things down about my life and experiences, perhaps I was just lazy and didn’t want to spend time on that. I don’t really regret not having written anything as there is no reason… » Read More: Day Evaluations

Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube

Since Fall 2015, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from adding content to the Day One Blog. Around that time, we were deeply head’s down as a team, focused on delivering Day One 2.0. We’re now ready to dust off the cobwebs and get crackin’ on some new blog content.

We’ve added a new video to our YouTube channel and created a… » Read More: Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube

End-to-End Encryption for Day One Sync

From the time that we started designing end-to-end encryption for Day One Sync, we’ve planned to publish the technical details of our implementation. Recently, we were inspired by a similar disclosure by OmniFocus (see it here). Now, with our design reaching stability and implementation well underway, we’re ready to do the same.

We’ll start by explaining what we’re trying to accomplish with end-to-end encryption. Then we’ll briefly review the current… » Read More: End-to-End Encryption for Day One Sync

Day One + IFTTT

Day One adds an IFTTT Channel!

Connect here:
View all Day One’s IFTTT Recipes:

Animated image of all the IFTTT services with Day One

If you’re not familiar with IFTTT (If This Then That), it’s a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”, which are triggered based on changes to other web services. IFTTT is a… » Read More: Day One + IFTTT

Introducing Day One 2

Introducing Day One 2

Day One 2 Showcase

The Road So Far…

When Day One 1.0 launched nearly five years ago on March 9th, 2011, I had a hunch it could become something great. Fortunately, that hunch has paid off. Since Day One’s debut, users have caught the vision and seen Day One’s value as a simple way to capture life as you live it—a personal journal app for your… » Read More: Introducing Day One 2

The Way I Journal: Chris Handy

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

[Chris] I’m Chris Handy (@chrishandy), a board game designer and publisher. You can learn about my games at and my latest game project—Pack O Game—a collection of gum-pack-sized card games. I also write and record music for children.

When and why did you start journaling?

I started using Day One on November 28, 2011. I have created… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Chris Handy

macOS’s Share Extension and Day One Mac

Screenshot of Day One

One of the great new features in Mac OS X Yosemite is support for share extensions. With share extensions, any app supporting the OS X system share menu can be used to share content with apps that created a share extension. In Day One Mac 1.10, you can use OS X’s share menu to post content to Day One from Finder, Photos, Safari, and… » Read More: macOS's Share Extension and Day One Mac

Introducing Day One Sync

Day One Sync

The Bloom Built team is pleased to announce the public release of our official sync platform, Day One Sync. This free service joins Dropbox and iCloud as an option for syncing your Day One journal data.

Beyond syncing, Day One Sync is vital to the future of the Day One platform. It lays the foundation for numerous future features, including multiple journals, a web client, shared… » Read More: Introducing Day One Sync

The Way I Journal: Sam C. Perry

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

[Sam] My name is Sam C. Perry (@samcperry), and I’m a Senior Menswear Buyer for an e-commerce company in New York City. I am also the Creative Brand Director and Editor for Aside from the professional titles, I am a creative individual from a small town in New Jersey, the only child of wonderful parents… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Sam C. Perry

Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries


Apple brought a lot of great improvements with iOS 8. This tip focuses on one feature of iOS 8—the share extension—and how it can help you enhance your photographic entries in Day One using collages, filters, and typography. » Read More: Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries

The Way I Journal: Valerie Elkins

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

[Valerie] Hi, I am Valerie Elkins (@elkinsvalerie), and I am a professional genealogist, family history researcher, presenter, and writer. I am passionate about helping others find their stories and leave a recorded legacy. I recently wrote an ebook, “30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable” (free download available at with journal writing prompts that I record… » Read More: The Way I Journal: Valerie Elkins

Using Day One to Record and Enrich Your Life

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Starting From Day One by Bakari Chavanu.

Another useful way to use your journal is to regularly revisit past journal entries. If we are diligent journal keepers–constantly writing and reflecting on the challenges we face in life–we get to reread our journal entries months and years later, and revisit happy, positive experiences, and how we made it through… » Read More: Using Day One to Record and Enrich Your Life

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 App to

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"

Day One on 9.11% of Home Screens

It’s fun to take a peek into what apps others are finding useful enough to place on their Home Screen. And we’re happy to report that a whopping 9.11% of users have Day One there!

Top Apps on #Homescreen
Home screen Top Apps

App Store Features

Day One is honored to be selected as an App Store “Essential” on both the Mac and iOS App Stores alongside so many other fantastic apps.

App Store Screenshot

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

Day One and My Daughter

Day One and My Daughter

While we keep our journaling endeavors personal and separate, it has given us another thing to talk about and do together. I always love when I hear the words, “Daddy, my iPad reminder just said to remember to write in my diary…let’s go.” That means it’s time to sit down and reflect, typically me at the iMac or my iPhone, her on the MacBook… » Read More: Day One and My Daughter

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