The Diaro Story

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The Diaro Story - Notes About Diaro App
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November 15, 2018

No that’s not a typo in the title, I plan to hammer down my thoughts about a daily journal app I use: Diaro. During the course, I will also try to narrate my diary writing experience so far. 


Bummer! I just realize now that I have already written a similar post at: https://www.darpandodiya.com/productivity/logging-life-the-smartphone-way/. Anyway, my heart will go on. 


Background

I have this habit of writing diary every night before I sleep. I have been writing my experiences since…maybe 4 years now? Yeah. 

Yesterday was my 24th birthday. Before the clock turned to 12 AM, I thought, let’s check out what I had done on my previous birthday – 14th November, 2017. 

I opened the app and started reading by entry of last year. It sent me down the memory lane. I remembered the time when I was in Hyderabad, was done with GRE and TOEFL exams and how I feared going to office because of birthday. 


Why to Write Diary

Many times I wonder, why the hell do I need to spent 15 minutes each night to write about the day. It’s frustrating sometimes, but nevertheless I go on and write. Today, I will try to think about it from a more of analytical perspective and list down some whys:

  • It helps reflect on the past. It’s like a time travel where I can see where I was a month, a year back and where I am now. 
  • It helps analyze the day. What went right and what went wrong. What could’ve improved. Sort of counseling
  • It helps build a habit. Building regular habits brings a positive rhythm to life. 
  • A searchable database of live events. With one search, I can get answers to any of the events happened with me. Examples include, when did I propose her? When did I buy Samsung S9? When did I hear back with the internship offer? It is fun to search past events and read about them. 

How to Write

Personally, I believe that writing down in offline pen-paper format is a oldish idea. The risk is, 

  • Longevity – it’s hard to maintain paper based diary
  • Scalability – one new diary every year?
  • Security – what if someone sneaks into the pages? What if it gets lost?
  • Search-ability – it’s near impossible to search for a specific event or term 

I also used to write in old fashioned notebook format – once I changed to digital format, I never looked back. 


The Digital Format – Diaro App

I started writing digitally using Microsoft Word document. Needless to say, it wasn’t a structured way to write and it sucked. 

Then I shifted over to Evernote for a while – it was way more structured but it sucked too because lack of date-wise organization. I wouldn’t blame Evernote though – it’s a great app. I was being dumbass with my choice. 

It was around 2013 when I had a decent Android phone and I started exploring mobile based options. I tried at least 10 different applications and finally decided to go ahead with Diaro app. It ticked all the requirements I needed – 

  • Date wise organization
  • Location marking
  • Categories 
  • Tags
  • Dark theme
  • Web version
  • Built-in security
  • Reminders
  • Export functionality
  • Photos attachment
  • And most importantly – backup and sync function

It was a no-brainer for me to go ahead with Diaro and I have never looked back ever since. 


I should mention that I haven’t been paid by or sponsored by Diaro team. I just happen to love their product. 

Links: https://diaroapp.com/


Stats

I have written over 1500 entries so far over the span of 4 years. 

Diaro Insights for last 1 year
Diaro Insights for last 1 year

This is how my categories stack. 

Different notes categorized by folders
Different notes categorized by folders

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Darpan Dodiya
Raleigh, NC, USA

Hi! I'm Darpan. 23 yr old ex-Software Engineer, now pursuing Master's in Computer Science at NC State, USA. This is my personal blog to share my interests in travelling, photography, programming and life. Glad to see you here, have a look around the website, you'll enjoy. Drop a comment or reach out to me or get connected via links below. Have a good day! :)

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