Day One 3 is out and I’m not going to use it anymore. Yesterday I exported all my stuff and deleted my account. Usually I’m fine paying for subscriptions, but in this case, I’m afraid of lock-in. There is precious stuff in my database and I don’t want to keep it on their servers.

I have a Day One to WordPress importer, which I created a couple of months ago, but I’m still not comfortable using it on a site that publicly available on the web regardless of having my Day One entries imported as private posts. What I’m going to do instead is set up an Ubuntu install in VMware, install WordPress on it, and run it locally. I’m not going to write there—I’ve consolidated all my text into Ulysses—but it’s a nice way to browse this archive sometimes. Maybe someday I’ll import everything into Ulysses as well, just have it at hand.

11 comments

amit posted at August 30, 2018 9:39 am

@zsbenke I am yet to find a good solution for my journaling needs. I do not want anything on internet. I do not want posts flowing back to external servers. I like your local WordPress instance idea.

ChrisJWilson posted at August 30, 2018 9:47 am

@zsbenke I really loved the original Day One’s idea and often wonder about trying to develop something like it myself. Store in a cloud service like icloud/dropbox and a simple markdown editor. (the other app I feel this way about is Quotebook)

zsbenke posted at August 30, 2018 10:04 am

@ChrisJWilson I also wanted to develop an iOS journal app for myself. I want these features:

Sync over iCloud using CloudKit
Having a way to attach photos and videos to an entry
A simple Markdown editor
The ability to change the entry date
Automatically assign a location to an entry and maybe get the weather data
Maybe I should revise that idea again.

ChrisJWilson posted at August 30, 2018 10:06 am

@zsbenke I’d be interested. I know there are other options out there and some maybe great but DayOne was so great I never wanted to look. The new DayOne has some nice ideas like the book printing…if you live in the US. Good exporting would be great too IMO.

amit posted at August 30, 2018 10:08 am

@zsbenke @ChrisJWilson Yep, nice list of features to have. I really thought there has to be some open source projects already in works – but could hardly find a couple. Journaley – Windows only, can import from day.one and Rednotebook. But don’t think any have sync.

May be there are others that I am not aware of?

ChrisJWilson posted at August 30, 2018 10:25 am

@zsbenke @amit looks interesting, have you got it? The health side is a nice touch. I keep a record of my sessions with my Personal trainer in DayOne so I can track improvements. Definitely not perfect but useful.

Hari posted at August 30, 2018 10:25 am

@zshenke this is exactly the reason why I have remained with DayOne Classic, which I bought on iOS and Mac, 4 years ago. It has iCloud Sync, can set Day of Entry manually, and picks up weather data based on my location. This serves my purpose. I don’t need all the other bells and whistles that DayOne premium has. And I never had any sync issues with iCloud Sync, that DayOne team claims as a reason for them to move to their proprietary Sync.

zsbenke posted at August 30, 2018 10:29 am

@ChrisJWilson Yes, I have my Day One database imported in it, but it still crashes sometimes, it’s really sparse with keyboard shortcuts (even on the Mac) and the editor always open in a new window which I don’t like.

It’s like an early version of Day One.

Zsolt Benke posted at August 30, 2018 10:52 am

@Hari: Yes, I’ve never had issues with iCloud either. Maybe I should check out the classic version, althought I don’t like to keep my stuff in unmaintained apps.

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