Belated Praise for Day One

Day One

Federico Viticci on August 2:

Where the human mind can’t get, I think software can help. In the connected and post-PC era we’re living in, I believe the devices and apps we use play an important role in enabling us to create memories. But just as relevant as “content creation” has become to this discussion, we have to ensure the memories we create today will be preserved digitally for the future.

For the past few months, I have been using a new version of Day One to build an archive of my life. Released today, the new Day One goes beyond the previous version’s support for text entries and adds photos, location, and weather information in an app that, for me, has become more than a simple journaling utility.

For months and months, various contemporaries within the technology community have been offering unsolicited pitches for Day One. Dedicated to the intelligent journaling of your life, the app repeatedly wedged itself into an unappealing corner of my mind.

In a world in which I’m increasingly encumbered by more and more apps that I’m supposed to use, I felt that I certainly did not want even one more. Beyond the beautiful interface, the unified appearance across devices, and the delightful integration of photography and contextual metadata, Day One represented, in my eyes, a dangerous agent of time-consumption.

And yet, as is endemic to the mind of the average geek, the yearning for experimentation with a new toy continued to niggle at my consciousness. Finally, following Federico’s review (which actually drove a fair amount of traffic to ONE37 as a further reminder) I bought into the experience and spent a measly $4.99 for the Mac app.

Five minutes later I owned the iOS app, and twenty minutes later I had retroactively completed all of the preceding five days of journaling.

Considering my vociferous apprehension toward Day One and its inherent potential for bothersome time-consumption, my experience with the app ecosystem thus far has been quite to the contrary of my expectations. Rather, in an age in which my mind is constantly dragged from app to app, Day One provides a solitary, disconnected means for reflection, solace, and experiential archival.

This past weekend, having visited the Olympic Stadium for a number of events, Day One became a vessel for recording precisely which athletes, events, and experiences I enjoyed. Although photos were in the ether via Instagram and Path, Day One stood out as a personal means for lending meaning and significance to these digital elements.

In essence, Day One has provided an invaluable semblance of coherence to the disjointed digital wilderness in which my data — and, therefore, my experiences — reside.

Lacking any more complication than is necessary, and inviting you into its walled-garden of personal experiences and photographs, Day One has instantly become one of my most prized Mac and iOS applications. I genuinely couldn’t be happier with the experience, and I’m endlessly pleased that I succumbed to my intrigue and tested the app.

Day One is available from the Mac App Store and the iOS App Store for $4.99, respectively. Highly (highly) recommended.