I’ve decided to keep a private journal, so I can reference when things happened, or how often something happens, and also non-public stuff.
- How often I buy shoes, or light bulbs, or laptops
- How often did I repeat something I said, before I documented it
- Thoughts on life and parenting that isn’t formed for public consumption yet
Those kinds of things.
I considered keeping an offline series of text files, but I want to mark stuff as it happens, and I don’t use my computer most of the day (I am in meetings), so accessible from my phone is important. And since metadata is important, tagging would be nice.
WordPress jumps out for this, for obvious reasons. I think I would like to create a site that is private and secure, and not for use by other folks. So of course this can scale, and I thought I’d run it as a service. Here are some benefits:
- Fairly easy to maintain - no fancy plugins or features, since it is straightforward and single use
- Easily exports - while the WordPress export file isn’t useful per se, because of ubiquity, it can be use to convert notes into other systems
- Apps - WordPress has apps, so people can journal using those
- Single theme, probably based on P2
- Build out some other export options for simplicity
- Custom admin, only showing the most basic options
- Really running this as a web app, its own thing, but as WordPress because that is the basic functionality
Why it isn’t a product
- There are a gazillion other options: LiveJournal, Tumblr, WordPress.com
- I don’t really care, just want to make something for my use
- I also want to experiment in ways that might not suit everyone, especially around the theme options