When I got my first iPhone, back in 2012 … one of the first things I did was to download the app DayOne. I’ve mentioned it many times before here in the blog.
Then I wrote in it every day, faithfully. Sometimes long entries, full of thoughts and reflections, more often quick notes about trivial things … what we’d watched on TV or what we’d done the day before. It’s a diary/notes app, and they add more and more, nifty features all the time. Hashtags, for example, for easy search. Sharing — so that when you check in somewhere, with the Swarm app, it automatically posts to DayOne.
All this could be pretty handy when you go back in time … when you want to find out «when was it we went to Calais last time??» or … «When was the last time I had a haircut?» Easy … I’d search the word “Calais” or «haircut» in DayOne.
All this is fine and dandy. As I’m typing up this post, I feel how I need to get back to DayOne.
I had four years worth of writing there when this «analogue fountain pen phase» begun. I started writing, so called, Morning Pages. Three, full pages every morning. Eventually that petered out to two pages, but still. Plus lots of other handwriting. When you’ve emptied out your mind that way in the morning, there’s hardly anything left for DayOne. I quit it.
I sorely regret that now. It’s such a great thing to have, and I will resume it. Okay, there will be almost eight months missing, but I’ll take that. It won’t take away from my morning handwriting — that’s a pleasure I won’t deny myself.
Last year, around this time, I signed up for WordPress Premium. I’ve hardly used it lately — the premium features that is — so I won’t renew. They sent me an email, way ahead of time, reminding me it would be time to renew in 73 days. Fine … I’ll just pass on that one. What irks me to no end, is this: After I received that email … as soon as I go in to Facebook, in my stream I keep seeing reminders from WordPress to renew my subscription. I’m not using the same email for the two accounts, WordPress and Facebook.
I can think of a number of explanations for this ‘phenomenon’, but nevertheless I find it creepy and there are days I just want to step away from social media entirely.