Why I bought Day One 2.0

TL;DR: This is not a review of Day One 2.0, as I have only been using it for a day or two; this is a discussion of the needs of the developers on whom we as an Apple community depend.

Recently, my wife and I invested in a newer vehicle, a 2013 Mazda CX-9, in the attempt to prepare for a larger family come May. When we make big purchases like this, we try—however in vain—to tighten the belt a little, think through our finances, and be more frugal where possible. What it basically means is that we run any and all purchases by each other before making them. This includes everything from the $0.99 app purchase to the $50 clothing purchase to the do we really need to buy that organic” food purchase.

So when I saw the blog post announcing Day One 2.0 as a paid upgrade, I was both excited and conflicted. More importantly, however, I needed to clear the new $25 expenditure with my wife; $25 covered upgrade pricing to purchase both Mac and iOS versions during the first week of sale. Day One, developed by Bloom Built, is hands-down my favorite iOS and Mac journaling app and rivals few others for the title of favorite overall. Interestingly enough, I have used the app on occasion for everything from note taking to blog drafting to picture documentation; the app is my coffee, beer, and wine log, as well.

Nevertheless, I was conflicted, somewhat childishly, due to the psychological hurdle of justifying a paid upgrade for an app that I had purchased previously and was working fine for me. I think that is the key: Day One Classic, as it is now referred, was working perfectly for my needs. Why would I need to purchase a new app if the original purchase was still producing dividends? I came up with two answers to this question that inevitably made my decision for me (and probably all previous purchases in this paid upgrade category): continued development and developer support.

By purchasing the app, I was literally putting my money where my mouth is. As a tech guy, I want to be on the forefront of any good software development occurring in a space in which I care deeply (namely iOS), meaning I like to own the most up-to-date products, as much as possible. In addition, I am constantly talking about and encouraging others to pay for apps they use every day. Is there a lite” version that’s free to use? Who cares?! That version doesn’t support the work of the developers up to this point nor does it allow future development. People complain that Letterpress hadn’t received an update in awhile, but I would wager that the majority of people using the app never paid for the extra features, which are great I might add. No matter how a developer calculates it, a free app cannot make money if people don’t invest in it in some other monetary way.

Getting back to Day One 2.0: in this instance, especially at 50% off, it was hard to argue with the cost. The developers were gracious enough to their following not to say, Tough Luck” and price the new apps at their full prices right off the bat. To be clear, the developers have every right to price the apps the way they want and owe nothing to me (nor anyone else) for the relatively tiny amount I spent so long ago on version 1.0. All of that being said, the upgrades are quite nice. In my short time with them, I have already appreciated the added simplicity in the preferences, the beautiful color choices, and the added benefits of things like maps view and photos view, among many others. I also added a number of custom reminders to ensure that I am keeping up with my journaling.

The bottom line is I really like Day One as an app and appreciate Bloom Built as a company. I appreciate the company’s candor when announcing a less than popular upgrade path. I appreciate the opportunity to understand their roadmap for the app and know that the future is bright in terms of the app’s continued development. But most importantly, I appreciate the opportunity to support another great developer in the iOS ecosystem and you should, too.


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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.