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!

Trip Journals

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Taking a trip? Add some photo-editing apps on your phone to build more than just a photo album of your travels. In this example, the photo was turned into a painted card with an added caption. The photo was edited using the Brushstroke app [iOS – $3.99] to get the painted effect, then sent to the Supermatic app [iOS – $1.99] to choose an appropriate card style and add the caption. You can share your finished creations individually via email and social media. You can also use the Blurb app [iOS – free] to build a print photo book using the “souped-up” photo graphics you created with Supermatic.

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Email it in with a Posthaven blog.

The Posthaven blog platform is a great way to share your travel adventures just with family and friends. Posting is as simple as emailing your photo(s) along with any comments you want to include. Set up your family and friends as site subscribers and each new post will be delivered to their inbox. You can also make your travel blog private so that only those you’ve given access will see your posts and pics. Posthaven will cost you $5.00/month to use, but that gives you up to 10 blog sites.

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Don’t forget the Day One journal app [iOS – free] or [Mac – free]. The apps are free but you will need a premium subscription [$3.99/mo or $34.99/yr] to take advantage of the premium features – unlimited photo storage, unlimited journals, cloud sync to all your Day One apps, encrypted cloud storage and 25% discount for any books created using their printing service.

Other features include an impressive collection of sharing options including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress and Evernote along with the ability to save an entry as PDF to iBooks. Of course, you can easily email any journal entry to anyone.

Today we have a broad range of apps and services making it easy to document your travel adventures. Not only will you have your own memories but you will also be able to save them for future generations to enjoy. See which options suit you best.

Follow-up – Day One Book Printing

Follow-up – Day One Book Printing

I have now created and received two books published from Day One journal entries. The first book was a “sketchbook” of photographs I had taken and edited using some photoart apps. There was no text other than the date/time/location information automatically added by Day One. It’s a delightful little book with one image per page. The image quality is quite good. My only complaint is that I didn’t…

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Follow-up – Day One Book Printing

I have now created and received two books published from Day One journal entries. The first book was a “sketchbook” of photographs I had taken and edited using some photoart apps. There was no text other than the date/time/location information automatically added by Day One. It’s a delightful little book with one image per page. The image quality is quite good. My only complaint is that I didn’t include any text with the images so there’s a lot of white space. That’s my problem, not the printer.

My second book is a book of family stories – with lots of pictures. Some of the stories were originally written on my Moultrie Journal blog and copied to Day One while others were written directly on Day One.

Here is an example from the Family Stories book. Each story represents a Day One entry. Stories are automatically presented in date order. With the latest version of Day One, I can now maintain multiple journals. This book was created from my Family Stories journal.

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Book content can also be collected by using tags or date ranges. There are all kinds of options. You do not have control of the page-by-page layout so you should expect to find a lot of white space on your pages.

Book coverThis is the cover to the book. The cover art is printed directly on the front cover with the spine and back done in a color of your choice. On the back you can select four photos/images to be displayed along with the book’s “stats” – the number of entries, days, photos, words, cities and journals contained in your book.

If you want complete control of the layout and design of your printed book, Day One Books isn’t for you. There is no bookstore – not now anyway – where you can send family to buy their own copy. What Day One does is create an easy, attractive and affordable book printing service where you can build and buy printed copies of your family stories to keep yourself and share with others.

Day One Book Printing

Now you can publish all or part of your Day One journals! It’s easy & affordable.

A recent Day One update includes the ability to turn your journal into a book. This is only available on Day One 2.0 – desktop and mobile versions. To find it, go to Settings and choose the Book Printing option. This slideshow walks you through the steps to create your book. This slideshow requires JavaScript. When you are ready, the last step is to upload your book file and choose how you wish…

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