Journaling Your Research Notes

Have you ever considered using a journaling app for your research notes? DayOne offers a number of features that make it easy to capture, organize and find the notes you add to your DayOne journals.

Each note created with DayOne automatically includes the date, place and time it was created. You can also include hashtags – keywords describing the content of each note – by including a hash mark (#) immediately ahead of each keyword. For example – DayOne will automatically identify the #Barrett hashtag as a tag for that note. Then, when you want to find all the notes related to that hashtag, go to the Search box and enter the tag in the Search box. Yes, it’s that easy.

Another useful feature is the sharesheet. Tap the share icon at the top right side of the note you are writing. Use it to email this entry to someone, post it to social media or you blog. I’ve tried it with both WordPress and Tumblr and it works beautifully!

Cooking Your Family History

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Who would think of a cookbook app as a place to share your family history? Our family loves to eat and we have a number of great cooks. Most of us are using the Paprika cookbook app for a number of reasons:

  • It has a built-in web browser so you can wander through a long list of recipe sites until you find the recipe you want. Then with one tap, Paprika will slurp the recipe into your app – with a photo of the dish if one is shown on the website.
  • You can select the recipes you want to serve for a special meal and Paprika will build a shopping list for the things you’ll need to create this meal.
  • Sharing recipes with family and friends who also own a copy of Paprika is easy. Just email the recipe to them and, with a few clicks on their end, your recipes are added to their app.
  • Each recipe has a spot for a photo. When you “slurp” a recipe from a website, Paprika will automatically include a photo of the dish if it is included on the website. You can add your own photo if you wish.
  • There’s a Notes section for each recipe. This is a good place to tell the story of this dish. Is is a heirloom recipe? Has it been handed down for generations? What special occasions is it served. You can also include photos in the Notes section. Nothing says those photos can only be pictures of the dish. It could be a photo of the cook or the event where it is served.
  • Is there a new bride in the family? The Paprika app would make a great gift for her – especially if it includes the collection of family heirloom recipes along with their stories.

The recipe at the top of this post is my grandmother’s Savannah Red Rice. The photo included above was of her and me at Fort Matanzas. The Notes section includes some of the other treats we enjoyed when we spent the night at her house. Is this family history? Absolutely!

The Paprika app is available for Windows and Mac desktops along with iOS and Android mobile devices.

The Hemingway Editor


This is the Hemingway Editor – an online text editor and copy editor. All you have to do is copy/paste a story into the online Hemingway Editor and it will show you how to improve your work. As you make changes in the editor, watch those highlights disappear. When all is ready, just copy/paste it back to your usual writing app.

The text you see here is the default text you’ll find when you visit the site. It’s also the user guide. Yes, it really is that easy to use. If you find it useful, you can buy the desktop version (Windows or Mac) for $9.99. See details.