It’s probably one of those things that is often neglected in the cut and thrust of modern life. Keeping track of one’s thoughts and reflecting daily experiences are no longer part of the modern perception of a ‘diary’. The diary has become a planner, a schedule, a stressful to-do list of a busy life.
I started keeping a diary back in June. It started as a way of dealing with difficult times but has since become a sincere and honest reflection of what I get up to every day. Internet journalist @Documentally summed it up best by describing a diary as “writing a blog for an audience of one”. It’s an accurate and up-to-date description of what a diary should be.
It’s nice to keep a diary, even if your day hasn’t been that interesting. It allows you to reflect on your day and provides incentive to keep things interesting or try something new. There are some beautifully made journals available to buy if you’re a bit ‘old school’ and like to write things down. In fact I think it’d be great to buy a journal like this and use some calligraphy fountain pens to create something visually stunning.
I’m a bit of a technology freak, so I like to keep my diary electronic. I use an iPad app called Day One which costs £2.99 from the app store. It’s also compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s a great app that lets you easily browse through your entries and look back into the past. What’s also great is that you can tag your location on each post and post a picture with your entry. I like the photo feature very much. For me it’s the added challenge of not only trying to have an interesting day but finding something to photograph each day that provides a visual reminder of what you got up to.