Day One — Journaling in the Twitter age

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a rough day, you’re ready to vent. You open up your Facebook/Twitter page and just type it out, to get it out of your system.

Unfortunately, this habit of simply spilling your emotional guts across social media isn’t just juvenile, it also paints a poor public picture of yourself. Unless you’re diligent about deleting your late-night rants or soliloquies, those posts are up for anyone to read at any time. Even still, there is no guarantee that those posts are gone from the internet forever.

Emotional venting is normal for nearly every human on the face of the Earth. The difference is the avenue we choose to do said venting. Back in the day, there was this thing called journaling. A pen and paper (preferably a notebook) was all that was need to write away the day’s stresses and struggles. With the rise of the internet and blogging, writing words on paper is slowly becoming a lost art.

That’s why app developer Bloom made Day One, the journaling app for the twitter age. Available for Mac OS X and iOS devices, Day One is a beautifully designed app that can potentially change the way you record life’s happenings.

As someone who still enjoys keeping a physical journal, Day One first struck me as a bit redundant. I wasn’t sure how it was going to fit in my life. But then it clicked.

Every time I had a thought or something happened in my day that struck a chord with me—positively or negatively—I opened Day One, wrote it down and then put my phone back in my pocket. Overtime, Day One became my own personal Twitter of sorts. I could look back through my entries and see how I was feeling at that given moment.

The app also allows you to add photos to each entry. Though I prefer just keeping it text based, I’m glad the feature is there. While the amount of times I use it in a given week or month often fluctuates, I’m looking forward to seeing the collection I acquire over time.

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At $4.99 on iOS and $9.99 on OS X, the price may seem a bit steep for those used to $0.99 or free apps. However, the price is more than worth it. You’ll never get annoyed by ads or be begged to spend money on the app. It’s clean and simple. You get what you pay for, and in this case it’s an excellent piece of software.

While I haven’t used the OS X desktop app, I do know the interface is mostly the same. Having both apps also means you can take advantage of the seamless syncing in Day One across all your devices.

Journaling is a practice best perfected through repetition. The reward that comes from consistency only improves with time. Thanks to Day One’s friendly design, achieving that consistency becomes much easier. The app can also be set to remind you to develop the habit.

Turn those Twitter rants into a personal micro-journal. This way, you’ll save yourself a world of regret the next time a potential employee skims through your social media posts. I made the switch, and I’m immeasurably better off for it.


Here are App Store links for both Mac and iOS versions:

iOS

Mac OS X