I hate censorship. I really do. I truly believe that education is the answer to cure racism, bigotry, gay bashing, etc...You breed more problems by banning images and conversation. Having said that, what the hell is wrong with flipping the bird?
I have been in one form or another keeping a journal/diary for years. I have tried using a Moleskine notebook, Evernote, Springpad, a saved draft in Gmail, a text file in Dropbox. The common thread is that I need my journal to be easily accessible for me to write, but private enough to feel confident it won’t be read by prying eyes. I trust Gmail with all my private emails, and Google Calendar with all the events in my life. So, why not use the password protected service that I know and love to keep a journal?
With a bit of monkeying around, I figured out a new way to simply set up a daily journal using some of Google’s services and the power of IFTTT! If you don’t have an IFTTT account, you need to get on board now! It is the bestest thing ever. No lie. I’ve written before about the power of IFTTT.
This is the idea behind my new journal experiment…
First off, I create an event within Google Calendar. To make the IFTTT trigger work, you need to put in a time for the event. Just select a time in the future (like 10 minutes from the time you will be writing the entry).
Next, I create the trigger in my IFTTT account.
You will need to activate your Google Calendar and Google Drive channels. If you are familiar with IFTTT, it is REALLY easy to do…
I customized my recipe to look for a calendar entry with the keyword “Journal”. That way when IFTTT has the recipe look, I don’t get all my other Google Calendar entries inside my journal. Who wants a back up of ‘garbage day’ or ‘pay day’??
What this recipe does is look for the keyword Journal, and it creates a new text document within my Google Drive account. I have the title of the entry be “Journal with Today’s Date and Time”. That way I can go back in time via a search to read my past journal entries.
Once the trigger is set up, and you have done a journal entry, here is what you will see within Google Drive.
If there is one thing I want in a journal, it is that I don’t have to think about it. With this new recipe, I have Google Calendar keep a record of my journal and now I have a text document backup within Google Drive thanks to IFTTT! Isn’t that what they call a win-win?
Today marks a major tech milestone for me, or so my WordPress notifications have told me. It’s my 5th anniversary with WordPress.com! 5 long years!
That’s longer than I’ve even been on Facebook!
Much like other online services (or even relationships!) we have all tried, time goes by and the appeal wears off.
I’m at a crux regarding my blog. I used to love posting interesting stuff all the time!
Seeing it’s my anniversary, maybe I’ll make more of an effort and try to post more thought provoking posts? No promises here, but I do have one post in the pipe about my experience using Todoist. You should check it out if you are searching for a ‘modern’ to-do list site…
Ta-ta for now!
- 5th anniversary (aiiiixin.wordpress.com)
- My First Anniversary…and Ten Things I Didn’t Know When I Started (jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com)
- Happy Anniversary, Pride and Prejudice! (keciaadamsauthor.wordpress.com)
I posted yesterday that I am going to try and exercise for 20 minutes everyday and try not to break the chain. Today I stayed home from work because I spent most of the night lying awake sweating to death (Nice visual, eh?)…
But I wasn’t going to let that stop me…
Around mid day I had taken enough meds to feel 1/2 human, and I decided to walk around my neighbourhood with my kids. I was dressed like the Michelin Man, but I pulled it off…
Day 2 was a laboured success…
2012 was a hard year for me. I rode my mountain bike less than I ever have, and after having my third son in March, I found very little time to get out and exercise.
I’ve always enjoyed getting out a couple of times a week for a two hour ride. But the reality is that I’m lucky if I can get out once a week. In 2012 I sometimes would go a month or more without getting out for a ride. Not good for my physical and mental health…
So, I’ve got to do things different. Starting today…
I’m starting a new habit. Daily exercise. Not much. Just 20 minutes a day. That’s it. And I used to think that meant hard cardiovascular, but I’m not going to be so rigid.
I’ve read before that one technique people try is to not break the chain. Today is the first link in the chain. I tried this a couple of years ago with some good success, but now I have to do it.
I’m probably in the worst shape I’ve ever been in, and if I wait until I can get out for 2 hour rides, it’s never going to happen!
Wish me luck!
- Outdoor Workout Ideas – Get the Most Out of Your Workout Outdoors (massageenvy.com)
- Happy New Year (leadertank.wordpress.com)
- Shaping new diet and exercise habits: Tips for success (usatoday.com)
- How To Be In Control in 2013 (sassholes.blogspot.com)