Hi everyone, I'm new to the comm but not to journaling.
I was really fascinated by this debate today and wondered if anyone else saw it. I am, like many, a longtime user of the Mac/iOS journaling app DayOne. If you are not familiar, it's a very beautifully designed app that syncs between all your devices and lets you insert photos as well as whatever your tweets or instagram posts were that day, etc. It automatically records the place you're posting from and the weather in that location at the time of your post. It's terrific. There have always been some vaguely answered questions about the security of their syncing system though, but I figured nothing I was writing was valuable to anyone but me. Anyway, just recently DayOne announced that they are moving to a subscription model and going forward users will have to pay a monthly/yearly fee
. I've seen discussion in several places (MacRumors [in link], a Mac focused FB group) and people are overwhelmingly outraged.
I am annoyed and unwilling to pay because I will feel locked in and I feel like I've already paid for the software and then paid again to upgrade it and enough is enough. As I read so many angry comments, though, I wondered if part of this anger is because it's a journaling app, and we have emotions of reliance and trust in our journals, and to be reminded that our outpourings are being monetized is wounding.
My personal solution is that I am going to begin moving my entries by pasting and copying them into dreamwidth, which will then be my only internet journal. I have a paid DW journal, and I don't mind that subscription at all -- I think it feels different because the DW developers have always been open and transparent about how they're making their money from this service. And of course it feels different because there is still at least a vestige of online community on DW, unlike a solo journaling app. If I need to write something in the notes app of my phone and then copy and paste it into Dreamwidth that evening, I can live with that.
I guess I am curious as to whether others
- have feelings one way or another about DayOne or any of the other journaling apps
- have feelings about Dreamwidth itself as a journal that is different from other journals
- have ideas about our emotional connections to our journaling tools
Sorry if this post is too much for a brand new member of the group; I'll delete it if it's inappropriate. I was happy to find this group though!
Crossposting some of this to my own journal.