Journal writing is a proven method for personal growth, and a great tool for documenting your life and the lives of your love ones. And in the digital world, the iOS and Mac app, Day One, provides a perfect solution for journal writing.
If you want to get the most out of Day One and journal writing, my book, Starting From Day One, shows you all the detail features of the application and how to get started and maintain a journal writing habit using personal growth projects you can incorporate at your own pace.
About the Book
Starting From Day One is an interactive iBook that explains the advantages of digital journal writing, all the features of the iOS and Mac versions of Day One, and most importantly provides 15 sections of journal writing strategies, including a 30 day journal writing challenge, for getting you started with and maintaining journal keeping for personal growth.
Contents of the Book
Day One Features
Features in All Versions
Additional iOS Features
Additional Mac Features
Filtering and Searching Entries
All the Preferences Settings
Syncing with Dropbox or iCloud
And Introduction to TextExpander
Using Markdown In Day One
Backup and Export to PDF
Getting Started Journaling
Day One Inspirational Messages
Summarize Your Day
Goal and Project Journaling
30-Day Writing Challenge
Keeping a Food Log
Publish and Sharing Your Journal
From Journal App to Journal Book
Bakari continues to be a voice I respect for ideas, inspiration, and pragmatism in journal-keeping rituals. I’m thrilled he has shared a small section of his brain with us in these pages. His book makes a strong case for the practice of journal-keeping generally, while also treating us with additional tips and know-how for taking advantage of the benefits of digital journaling.
Bakari has done an amazing job introducing the values of daily journaling and using the Day One app. He’s captured countless details and instructions on how to best embrace this digital tool to create an invaluable personal archive. I highly recommend “Starting From Day One” for anyone that wants to learn the whys and hows of digital journaling.
Just to let you know that I’ve just finished reading through the book and would like to congratulate you on an amazing piece of work! I found the book and all of its chapters extremely comprehensive and consider it to represent a valuable resource. I see the book as a reference tool that doesn’t have to be read in strict chronological order, but as a resource that can be revisited from time to time.
I started keeping a journal as part of a college writing course assignment back in the early 1980s. Over several years I filled 17 paper notebooks in which my journal writing not only helped build my writing skills, it also helped me face challenges of a young man attending college, dating, experiencing the death of his father, and discovering his identity in the world.
Later as an English teacher, I used journaling as part of my classroom instruction. I invited my students to view journal writing as both a tool for building writing fluency, and as way to process and bring clarity to one’s thoughts and goals. I encouraged students to explore their own immediate concerns and aspirations, and not just respond to my writing prompts. But I also assigned journal topics that helped them connect to the books they were reading, and to tap into the their own thoughts and opinions about a range of social and cultural issues they were facing.
In 2013 I started using Day One on a regular basis, because I felt it provided a greater experience for journaling. I now journal write twice as much as I did when using pen and paper, and I like how I can filter and browse journal entries easier than searching through paper notebooks and sometimes illegible writing. And course, digital journaling provides more privacy and the ability to back up journal entries, reducing the chances of losing or damaging journal content.
As of this writing, I have added over a 1000 entries to my Day One journal. And in the last year I have written at least one entry per day. I’m bringing my years of experience as a journal writer and teacher to the pages of Starting From Day One. I want it to inspire readers to build a journal writing habit that will enhance their life.
My goal is to publish Starting From Day One by the end of June. I invite you to share your views and questions about journal writing as I work to finish the book.
— Tim Stringer (@timstringer) April 22, 2014
— JP (@turbov2) April 22, 2014
— Dawn Herring (@JournalChat) April 22, 2014
— Craig Swanson (@craigswanson) December 1, 2014