I wanted to share this with fellow Lobsters, just in case anyone has a New Year’s resolution to keep a journal :)
I’ve kept paper journals, digital journals in evernote and wordpress, etc. I’ve learned not to trust digital journals because the formats change, or I lose the data in “the cloud” somewhere. The only digital journal I trust nowadays is my own collection of text files, stored in a git repo on my own server.
In any case, the point of this very small CLI program is to show just how simple a journal can be. Personally I use this weekly for diary-like entries and saving links or thoughts while I’m working, and I keep a a few paper journals around for less-structured notes, mobile notes (I’ve never found a good note-taking app for phones), or random sketching.
edit: Another great thing for notetaking: Ryan Holiday’s notecard system, which ends up resembling a relational database when taken to the extreme (see the Robert Greene blockquote in that link).