Okay, so a month or two ago I made the announcement that I would be switching my daily journaling from Diaro 3 to Everyday Timeline– both for Android. I had been using Diaro 3 for about 7 months and had loved it but I had always wanted to try Everyday Timeline as my daily go-to for about a year so as soon as it came to Android I jumped on board.
As always, because I am in control of my data I can switch the journals I use daily when ever I please. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please download the free mini-guide you see on the right of this page.
While there are a few things I miss about Diaro 3 (see below), there are several things I am loving about Everyday Timeline that Diaro can’t do. I’ve boiled them down to the top 4:
- I’m journaling when I’m not journaling. Because Everyday Timeline includes every tweet, Facebook status update and Instagram post along with the other personal journal entries my journal is growing even if I haven’t ‘written’ in it for a few days. This helps enrich my personal history using the words I am already writing. I know this isn’t for everyone, but those who use social media on a somewhat-consistent basis will fall in love with this feature.
- Stats. Everyday Timeline collects and displays statistics on your journaling habits in beautiful graphs. These include a chart of how you are feeling, what interests you (based on tags you use in your posts), what times of the day you journal most often and a map of where you journal. These are great, especially if you are a stat nerd like me.
- Keyboard journaling. While Everyday Timeline doesn’t yet have a web login to journal from like Diaro, there is a workaround that is actually even better. If you email to firstname.lastname@example.org from the email you login with it will automatically post that email as a journal entry. The reasons I like this better is because you can basically journal from anywhere. For example, at my last job I couldn’t login to Diaro to write an entry but I could have used Everyday Timeline because I could always email at work.
- Control of data. While Diaro would allow me to export my entries to PDF whenever I wanted to, I still had to login and do it. Everyday Timeline, on the other hand, will send an email with a PDF of all of my posts written in the past week, every week. You can turn this on and off depending on how private you want to keep your entries, but I personally like the automation of the PDF emails.
While these options are great, there are still some things I miss about Diaro including the more beautiful interface, web login and nicer Android app. Also, because I know my social media posts are becoming entries I find myself less motivated to write entries with Everyday Timeline!
All in all, if I had to choose I would rank these apps close to equal with each other. They each have enough unique features to set them apart and the one you choose should depend on your personal preferences. Diaro was by far the best Android journal for a long time but now there is a two way tie!