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Slogger 2 Turns Your Day One Journal Into an Automated Social Log

Slogger 2 Turns Your Day One Journal Into an Automated Social Log

    We’ve been talking alot about journaling lately and the benefits that it can bring to your life, as well as the lives of your loved ones. But, what if you could turn your digital journaling into an awesome, automated digital tracking and logging system? Well, with a little geekery, the new Slogger 2, and Day One for the Mac, that automated digital logging system can be yours.

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    So, what the heck does this do?

    You can go check out Brett Terpstra’s site (the creator of Slogger) if you want the in depth explanation, but Slogger is basically a command line utility that allows you pull all of your data from different social networks and services like Flickr, GoodReads, Instapaper, Pinboard, Twitter, etc. and have it easily and beautifully imported into your Day One journal. If that sounds too good to be true, then you are in for a great surprise.

    With just a little bit of setup and execution (you will have to get into the command line) you can make Slogger start slogging it’s way to logging all of the stuff that you do online and is important to you. Something else to mention is that Slogger 2 has a plugin architecture that allows developers to add their own type of automated logging to the Slogger system.

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    Setup

    You need to be running a Mac with Day One installed on it. You can either be syncing your Day One journal with Dropbox or iCloud; Slogger 2 works with both. Next, go to the Slogger 2 github site and download the the archive and extract it. Once you have the files extracted to wherever you downloaded them, you can either keep them there or better, move them to your home directory in a folder called ‘slogger’.

      After moving all slogger files to my user directory

      Next go through the README.md file that Mr. Terpstra provides. It will give you some detailed instructions on how to make this work. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here, just follow the steps inside of the README and you will be up and running in no time.

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      After doing the minimal setup and running Slogger you can go to your Day One journal and take a look at your well-formatted publicy accessible data.

      OK, so now what?

      It’s never good to just “hack” something together for the sake of hacking it together. So, what does this necessarily give you that can benefit your journaling habit?

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      1. A log of your online interactionsBeing able to log your Twitter interactions alone with Slogger is something that I feel is totally worth the entire setup process and continued use. One only drawback is that you can’t see the other end of a conversation (at this point). But, you can at least see what you have posted and favorited in the past, what music you were listening too, stories you were saving to read later, etc. This can be something very useful to look back on and link it to what you were thinking and writing about at that time.
      2. Track your development workWith the Gist logger integration, developers that use Github can take advantage of having a nice list of their commits in their Day One journal. If you don’t know what that means, then it isn’t for you :)
      3. Use the power of RSSOne of the best loggers that is included in Slogger 2 is the RSS logger which allows you to take any public RSS feed and have Slogger write out the day’s activity to your Day One journal. There are a lot of cool things you could do with RSS integration like log NASA’s photo of the day, log your completed tasks with Remember the Milk, keep all of the posts that you have made to your own blog, or even log all of your starred items in Google Reader. When it comes to the RSS integration with Slogger, you are limited to only to what you can come up with (as well as public RSS feeds).
      4. Logging it all automagicallyWhat I find to be the best part of Slogger is that all of this logging can be done automatically with little to no effort or work on my end. This is exactly what I want when it comes to logging and/or journaling my day; as little resistance as possible.Because of this automatic type of logging I get a very nice image of what I was thinking and doing on any specific day when I look back in my journal. To be able to see what you were doing, pictures you were taking, music you were listening to is a powerful and fun way to reflect.

      Slogger 2 is a very useful and awesome tool, but will prove itself to be even more useful the longer that you use it. As time passes it will be nostalgic to look through all of your data and see how it changes through the months and years.

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      Last Updated on May 14, 2019

      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

      1. Zoho Notebook
        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
      2. Evernote
        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
      3. Net Notes
        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
      4. i-Lighter
        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
      5. Clipmarks
        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
      6. UberNote
        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
      7. iLeonardo
        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
      8. Zotero
        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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