Dropping Day One...gasp!

I've been using Day One for a long time and have blogged about its brilliance previously. Before that I had a complicated system of Moleskines with symbols and lists and printed-out photos. And stickers. I've spent way too much time out of my life pondering journaling systems and trying them out. Day One really got me excited when they added photos and, for their mobile applications, locations and weather to the entries. It's really a super polished application, with Markdown support (which I love) and both Dropbox and iCloud sync.

Issues that have been on the back burner long enough to make me drop it include

 

  • Lack of encryption
  • No way to export photos and other information
  • No cross-platform capabilities (I can open a book anywhere; I want to do the same with my journal)
  • Developers are completely unresponsive unless you're complimenting them on Twitter

But the death blow came when I was poking about on my hard drive and discovered that passwording the Day One app is completely useless because all the entries are storied in PLAIN TEXT. Really? I instantly exported all my entries to Markdown and moved them to my encrypted drive.

I had gotten used to the beauty of Day One, though: I did write a lot more when the capacity for same was always at my fingertips. I could dash off a sentence, take a photo, or note where I was, and it was all assembled nicely for me. I kept wishing I could make Evernote work for me like that. I'd tried it before, but I ended up having a ton of notes floating around that had to be copied and pasted and it ended up being too much trouble. The allure of journaling with Evernote cannot be underemphasized, though; I like to have one thing to do as much as possible, and Evernote sucks in my blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates, Flickr and Instagram photos, and Foursquare checkins already. Journal entries would be icing on the cake for an actual timeline.


Enter PostEver, a sadly nonuniversal iOS app that does what Day One does, only it works with Evernote. Fire it up, write something, add a photo, add a location, and quit. Fire it up again and write another note. Take another photo. PostEver assembles all entries from one day into one note and arranges them on Evernote into the notebook of your choice.

Another handy feature is the capacity to quickly add boxes or checked boxes to your entry. In my paper journals I kept running lists of things (usually "The Three Things I want to get done this week, come hell or high water"), and I also like to keep a little list of the positive things I did that day. PostEver makes that easy. You have to go back and check them in Evernote, but I'm in Evernote constantly so that's no problem. And since it's in Evernote, you can get your data out...including photos.

PostEver lacks Day One's social media integration, but that's why God made Drafts, so I'm not worried. PostEver costs $6 each for the iPhone and iPad versions. Another similar app called Journal for Evernote costs only $0.99, but I'll pay the extra $11 because Journal looks tacky and doesn't let you pick your notebook. It is the Geo Metro whereas PostEver is like a---I don't know, BMW? No, something that runs for a long time. A good Toyota.

The PostEver developers, possibly sensing the inherent cheapness of iOS users, have provided Lite versions for iPhone and iPad for a fully functioning demo. People like me who obsessively journal and live in Evernote should give it a shot.