I’ve got to be honest, I was a proponent of having separate diaries for a long time, but the more I’ve been using multiple entries per day combined with tagging, the more I like this way of working.
My old journaling habit would see me write about everything in a single entry and that was the entry for the day. It would cover work and home life, traveling places, things I’d bought, thoughts about different people and situations. Then, if I tagged it, there would be at least 5+ tags for each long post.
But now, as I go through the day, I create a new entry each time I write. On an average day this could start with writing an entry to capture a dream I had (tagged dreams), an entry about the what time I woke, the weather etc (tagged diary). I could have an idea for something in the future (tagged ideas), and maybe I bump into an old friend in town and catch up (tagged with their name). I get a really nice email from my folks with news about my brother’s new job (tagged letters, and their names), and work went really well so I write a quick entry about that (work). Finally, in the evening I watch a really good movie and write my thoughts about it as well as adding the movie poster as a photo (tagged movies). Sometimes, I even post a ‘status’ update to Diarium rather than Facebook (tagged status) - it captures my mood or sentiment at the time nicely.
A year down the line, using the On This Day feature, it’s much easier to browse memories, rather than reading through a large block of text that covers multiple subjects. And of course, I can just view all entries by a tag - effectively acting as a separate ‘diary’ (work, dreams, diary).
With this in mind, I’d really like to be able to view entries via combined tags (multiple tags or tags + people), and also to be able to set the most representative image for the day in the calendar view rather than the image being drawn from the first entry.
Does anyone else work like this?