Automating diary writing

I have a love-hate relationship with diary writing. I love the idea of it. I hate the fact that I can’t stick to it.

I’ve tried analogue and digital. Notebooks and apps. Nothing quite works.

After many years of starting and stopping I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve just not found the right set-up for me.

This year I’m trying again with a journal that gives me just enough space to write a couple of sentences per day. So far, so good. Although lately I’ve found myself writing up a week at a time.

It’s strange because I’m quite good at recording things, see My Year in Books as an example. I keep track of:

  • beers I’ve tried
  • books I’ve read
  • films I’ve seen

And I enjoy doing it.

So imagine my delight when I saw this tweet:

IFTTT (if this then that) is an amazing tool that allows you to automate processes. For example I currently use it to publish film reviews I write on Letterboxd on this blog.

This is just one example, but with various recipes from IFTTT, I could automate my diary writing process.

So what’s stopping me? I’m not sure really, but I have something in the back of my mind that says it feels like cheating. But I guess it depends on why you write a diary, and what you’re trying to record.

Do you write a diary? Is it analogue or digital? And most importantly, what do you think about automating the process?

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I am a freelance writer, editor and trainer. A librarian in a former life.

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