March 7, 2021
Mini Diary has the basics for beginner diarists
I never thought I would be the type to keep a personal diary, but I've been wrestling with a big decision lately and decided to give it a try.
There is a nice free and open source app called Mini Diary that is perfect for beginners like me.
I like that it has a calendar on the side so you can keep track of your diary entries in chronological order.
It also has a search, a few formatting controls, and a word count. And I like that it has password protection.
I'm OK with writing about things — like this app recommendation — that other people could conceivably be interested in, and publishing them on this blog. But the personal stuff needs to stay private.
So far it's been going well. I've done three entries and feel confident that I will write more.
This reminds me of a Netflix series called about the death of a young woman from Vancouver at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Much of it was devoted to voice-overs and screenshots from the woman's Tumblr account. She was open with her feelings, and those thoughts live on as a testimony to her life.
That's not me, though. That stuff stays locked up in Mini Diary.