Let me keep this brief. If your life is worth living is it worth keeping an archive? I ask because I care. Archive? Sure. If you write and put up family pictures on Facebook, that’s an archive. If you tweet various and sundry thoughts on Twitter, that’s an archive.
The same holds true for documenting your worthy considerations and photos on Tumblr, WordPress, or your own blog somewhere out there on the interwebs. Instagram? Sure, that’s an archive of photos. But if all you do is follow all those on the aforementioned platforms and never contribute, are you archiving your life?
If it’s a life worthing living, should not some of what you do make a record of what you did? I think so and that’s why I recommend this popular set of tools to do the deed, one day at a time.
The app is called Day One. It’s an app that works as a journal and it runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Android smartphones. Use Day One to record what you want, then post on Facebook, Google, Twitter, or even as a family newsletter. The way the app works is straightforward. It’s like a daily journal or diary but far more because you can drop in media, maps, and other tidbits and get them synced between devices with ease and ready to publish.
Built into Day One are simple writing tools so you can capture thoughts, photos, and more. It includes reminders, in-app notifications, a calendar, plus templates– even an option to export your day as a PDF, HTML file for the internet, or print your journals as a book.
Day One is free to use but the advanced features require the in-app subscription package which opens unlimited photo storage, unlimited journals, Cloud sync between devices, and a few other goodies.
One thing Day One does better than a notes app or a blog is to prod you into writing– recording your life with everything you need; something written, some photos, maps of travels, and it all comes with built-in search, favorite entries, and plenty of export options. If your life is worth living and worth recording then doing all that for a few dollars a month seems like a good deal.
But it’s all try-before-you-buy so take Day One for a spin on Mac, iPhone, or iPad.