3 hours ago
01 January, 2013
New Year 2013 (how inventive)
Happy New Year 2013! Yay. I'll be 30 years old in six months. What fun. One of my resolutions for 2013 (which I'm already falling behind on some of them) is to de-clutter/simplify things by trying to streamline my processes. An example: stick to only ONE journaling tool. I don't think I'll ever be able to fully make the switch to electronic journaling even with Day One versions for my laptop, phone, and tablet. But that's okay. I'll have DayOne for when I need it, and a paper notebook and pen for when I need them. One way or another, I will always have a journal on me to record my thoughts :-)
Also, at some time this month is, I believe, the 20th anniversary of my keeping a journal. Son of a bitch. I never did figure out what to do with my trove of completed diaries that's collecting dust in my bedroom. Sometimes I wonder if I should stop journaling altogether. I might actually go insane though. I don't think I could just move to blogging or (offline) electronic journaling either. There's always that fear of digital obsolescence too. In fact, I have diary entries from 1999 that I can't access anymore because:
-they were saved on 3.5" diskettes that have likely since corroded
-on some junk-ass version of Corel WordPerfect from like, 1993
-and I don't know where the disks are anyway, even if I could find a working floppy-disk drive and a software emulator.
Seriously, Corel WordPerfect-- do they even still make that anymore? At least it wasn't Microsoft Works (not to be confused with Microsoft Word. Oh God, no).
And earlier this year (...2012), I lost about six months' worth of offline entries because I forgot that I'd turned on Dropbox syncing but then deleted all the necessary files that were living in Dropbox. You can't blame the computer when its user is an idiot. So my November 1999 ramblings in WordPerfect about history class, and some April 2012 DayOne entries about my stupid ankle are lost to the annals of time, but my February 1995 ranting about all the ice and snow we had that winter MY GOD IT WAS AWFUL will live on until I burn the relevant composition book. Which I will someday. I have random journal entries from like, 2002, saved in MS Word but behind a password, which was dumb. That version of Word doesn't exist anymore and I don't remember the password. Having to recover those entries was a bitch and a half, let me tell you.
And I swear, one of these days I will eradicate, as much as possible, my blogs predating this one. I am really glad that the Internet was not so big a Thing when I was in high school (blogs, in the form of LiveJournals, didn't seem to get popular until the early 2000s, because I am now Old and Cranky). Just having to re-read my DiaryLand and LiveJournal junk from 2002-2005 is...oh my God. I just can't even.
And now for random DayOne complaining: I like it but I wish it had more formatting options. I know, I know, that is just so dumb a thing to nitpick about. It's not even that I want 50 different typefaces and colors. It's that I want better options for resizing and zooming text. Italic and bold formatting that's independent of MarkDown. A few serif fonts that don't suck. Printing options. More exporting choices. A sugar-free soft drink that doesn't like disgust and despair. The usual demands.