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Journaling with rwtxt

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For about a month now, I do journaling again. Every evening before I go to bed, I try to write down everything that comes to my mind. I usually write what I have done that day, what my emotions where and other things that I thought about during the day. It has a very positive effect to do that. I wrote about that more detailed on my German blog (Google’s translation).

I already tried journaling multiple times. I always failed. I hate writing on paper, so I tried to do it on a device. I tried to use Nextcloud Notes, but although that worked quite okay, I stopped anyways. Now I’m trying it again with rwtxt, the CMS for absolute minimalists.

The creator of rwtxt describes it as follows:

rwtxt builds off cowyo, a similar app I made previously. In improving with rwtxt I aimed to avoid second-system syndrome: I got rid of features I never used in cowyo (self-destruction, encryption, locking), while integrating a useful new feature not available previously: you can create domains. A domain is basically a personalized namespace where you can write private/public posts that are searchable. I personally use rwtxt to collect and jot notes for work, personal, coding - each which has its own searchable and indexed domain.

It seems like I use it in a similar way like he does. I installed it on my own server (there’s a free hosted version too) and created a private domain for my diary, another one for notes and also one, which I can use to share notes with others.

If you are in search for a super minimal markdown CMS, give it a try. If you want to install it on your own server, it’s also super lightweight. It’s written in Go and uses a single sqlite3 database.

Related post: My rwtxt setup

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