Day One is a journaling application that has a very loyal following. Over the last few years this program has undergone a lot of nice enhancements and received a ridiculous amount of positive press. Considering how its goals are closely aligned with those of 10centuries, I would be remiss to ignore the people who might want to use this as their blogging tool of choice. This is clearly something I should investigate, despite the fact that people who use Android or Windows are left out of the loop.
The amount of writing a person can do during a few minutes of downtime here and there can be absolutely astounding. Just looking at the number of articles once intended for this site that now sit abandoned in various states of completion shows this. 483 blog posts currently sit, as drafts, in Evernote. A further 24 are in Byword. Of these 500, there are maybe two that will be dusted off and see the light of day. For a person who isn't particularly great at writing, this can seem like an atrocious waste of time. Time that could be better spent elsewhere. But there is a reason to this madness.
Five years ago I wrote a post on the constant struggles between the Japanese whaling fleets and the Greenpeace splinter group, the Sea Shepard conservationists. In that time the post has received well over a thousand comments, most of which have never seen the light of day for all their hate and vitriol. Today I woke to find three more comments added to the post with two full of hateful comments towards the people of Japan, the members of my family, and me. Thanks to this post alone I receive my annual quota of name calling every two weeks, which is fine, but enough is enough.
Over the last few weeks I've transferred my focus from writing blog posts to getting Noteworthy ready for people to use. I'll admit that creating an administration panel and merging the separate API code into the core web package has been much, much more complicated than I had imagined, but it's just about done. There has been a lot to test, and a lot of security bugs to squash. That said, as the release of Noteworthy inches ever closer, I'm finding my mind drift back to writing my thoughts rather than lines of code. Although I don't consider myself a decent writer by any stretch of the imagination, I do miss putting the words that play through my head down into a digital format where they can then be crawled and indexed by search engines1.
Looking through unpublished blog posts can shed a great deal of light on our state of mind at a specific point in time, and can offer us a glimpse into our inner workings in ways many of us don't fully utilize. I've been looking through some of the 1,280 unpublished blog posts that have been abandoned in Evernote over the last few years and am quite surprised by the common theme that runs through the vast majority of these derelict soliloquies.