n. The activity of keeping a diary, also known as journal.
As much as I love the idea of keeping a journal, I suck at it. Like most things – and most people – I start out with the best of intentions, but fail to maintain the habit; also, like a bad workman, I often blame the tools but the truth is that it is habit and nothing more.
I’ve tried many tools and formats over the years; too many to list here. Inspired by my eldest daughters recent experiments with Bullet Journal – complete with shiny new Moleskine notebook and washi tape decorations, see the featured image on this post – I started thinking about how to kickstart my journaling habit.
As much as I love analog methods (I am also a sucker for nice notebook and pen) the reality is that I spend most of my time in front of my MacBook Pro or with my iPhone (no Watch, yet 😉) nearby so a digital solution works best for me. Since I am already deep into the Apple lifestyle, the natural choice is Day One from Bloom and it is a very nice app. If you don’t believe me, go read this review from The Sweet Setup.
However I work for a company whose primary product is a blogging platform, and what is a blog if not a form of journaling? Of course a journal should be personal, so I just setup a [private]|(https://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/) blog, picked a theme, and I am set! Thanks to the excellent WordPress app I have most of the features from Day One on my phone. In fact I think the only thing I lose out on is the automatic weather details.
Let us see how long I can maintain this habit for… 😀