I began 2013 with a BOLD move: I bought an iPhone5.
Finally I was joining the technologically-savvy-and-cellular-device-connected Human Race!I could hear my Luddite heart quicken as I studied the icons, thumbed my keyboard, clicked on images.
But soon, like everyone around me, I too was finger-swiping screens like there was no tomorrow.
My 3-year-old grandson had fortified my courage.A week earlier, within 3 hours of being introduced to his family’s Christmas present – i.e the iPad, I’d watched him arrive at Level 4 of Angry Birds and pout when his fingered launches failed to earn 3 stars.
The aforementioned grandson also inspired my newest August, 2013 Sleeping Bear Press release TXTNG MAMA TXTNG BABY which brings 2day’s Techy-Techy World to the sturdy pages of the ultimate hand-held device: the baby board book.
So it’s only fitting that I end this Life-changing year by offering up as my Wednesday Writing Workout the app I purchased yesterday - Day One, a simple journaling platform that allows the user to “record and preserve memories for the long term.”
Of course, we all know the value of journaling.And now, I can journal anywhere, and post a Selfie of me journaling, to boot!
The Good News is: If – I – can use DayOne, anyone can. J
To start a new entry, I simply click the +sign at the top left of my screen. A new post opens. I can type away, adding text, photos, locations, the weather, the day and date of course, even music and tags. The app connects with the cloud; it synchs in with other Apple devices (none of which I own yet); it’s totally searchable and entries can be downloaded as a PDF and printed out later.
The Chicago Tribune headline that introduced me to my newest daily journal says it all:when it comes to writing every day, recording daily thoughts, ideas, adventures, you-name-it, “Day One app (is) a good place to start.”
Try journaling in the New Year.
The DayOne blog offers up a multitude of journaling possibilities, whether you own an iPhone, another brand’s notebook or even choose to journal your day the old-fashioned-way, with a notebook and pen or pencil.
Check out the app's website for thoughts on why and what to journal.
Reading through the DayOne list of uses will turn on all sorts of light bulbs to get you writing about your day, every day, Sunday through Saturday, in an easy, focused yet creative manner.
Think about your:movie log
Scenes from your novel
Even your Dear Santa letter – it’s not too late!
(And who’s to say you can’t journal as your character?)