One Year with Day One

As I type this, I'm a few days away from marking my one-year anniversary (August 7) with Day One, the journaling app for OS X and iOS by the team at Bloom Built. It's been a wonderful year, and I am very excited to be writing this commemorative piece.

Over this past year, I've written Uses Guide page on the app's website.) There isn't much more praise I can heap upon Day One, nor can I sufficiently reiterate just how much I enjoy using it. As I wrote before, Day One's user interface is still clean and attractive, its sounds still playful, and its feature set still bountiful.

To put it bluntly: Day One is one fucking terrific app.

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Beyond the pixels behind Day One --- the interface, the sounds, the Markdown support and iCloud sync --- the thing that most resonates with me about the app is how it makes me feel. In a nutshell, Day One is the place I go every night to decompress. Perform my ritualistic brain dump for the day. It just feels good to use Day One. Of course its appearance and features accentuate the experience, but Day One just has this existential delightfulness about it that I have trouble articulating fully. In short, Day One is an absolute pleasure to use.

My usage habits haven't changed since describing them a year ago. Of the three-app suite, the iPhone and Mac versions get the most use, by far. I'm still writing in , it's neat to be able to go back and retrace the journey I've been on over the last year. The emotions that I feel through reminiscing run the gauntlet from happiness to sadness to everything in between, and I'm proud to have documented it all with Day One.

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Federico Viticci, who inspired this piece, writes for MacStories:

The fact that somebody out there has made an app that lets me cringe at my mistakes and cherish old moments. The fact that in this very moment I can take these old photos, and send them to my parents with a comment that says, “365 days ago…how things change”.

Isn’t that amazing?

Cringing at my mistakes. Cherishing old moments.

Therein lies the essence of Day One. But there are other journaling apps that allow you to cringe and cherish just as well. But "just as well" implies "good enough", and Day One does so much more than enough good to get by. Day One is spectacular, a shining example of delighting in the details. That the developers put so much thought into every corner of Day One and the subsequent delight it gives me (and guys like Federico) makes its 2013 App of the Year award from Apple so richly deserved.

I've so enjoyed my first year journaling in Day One that I look forward to many more to come. Aside from Tweetbot, Day One is my next favorite app, on the Mac or iOS. And, like Tweetbot, my allegiance to it remains iron-clad. In addition, I'm looking forward to seeing what the Bloom Built team has in store for iOS 7, as I think the app is already in good shape, design-wise, to match the OS's torn-down-and-rebuilt design sensibilities.

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As I said in concluding both previous Day One pieces, if you're someone looking to get into digital journaling and use a Mac and/or an iOS device, look no further than Day One. You literally can't go wrong, and that's an endorsement I seldom, if ever, make. As if it isn't completely obvious by now, to say that I highly recommend Day One is an understatement of massive proportions.

Like I said, it's such a great fucking app.