Between Tumblr, Medium, WordPress and Blogger, you would think that the market for blogging platforms is already crowded enough. While there might be a lot of competition out there, a relative newcomer to the game is Dayre. The blogging platform sets itself apart by being accessible, as far as posting is concerned, as a mobile app only. Available as an iOS or Android app, Dayre takes the idea of blogging and puts it in the palm of your hand. Literally.
While you can view blogs in a browser, Dayre makes it possible to share content solely through your phone. While on the surface Dayre is quite reminiscent of Tumblr, with its categorized posts, it also borrows features from other social networking sites that you’re probably already using on a regular basis. With the ability to share updates only from your phone, it feels a little like Instagram. And like Instagram, you can also access your updates on the web, so you can share it with others who don’t use the app, but there’s no way to create posts in your browser.
To get started with Dayre, you can sign up for a free account using your email address or sign in with Facebook. Choose your username wisely as this will also be part of your URL.
Posting to Dayre
Once you’re logged in, you can start posting new updates straight away. There are five kinds of updates or posts you can share on Dayre – some of which are very reminiscent of Tumblr. You can share a text update, of a maximum of 500 characters. This limit may seem restrictive, but when it comes to posting lengthy updates from your phone, you probably won’t do it.
You can also share photos, videos and location updates. Photos and videos can be shot directly through the app, or you can share photos and videos saved on your phone. When it comes to sharing photos, there are about 11 filters you can choose from to jazz up your photos. The final category is one that might not appeal to all – which allows you to share stickers, which are basically elaborate emoticons.
After you’ve posted an update you can always go back and edit or delete it by opening up that blog post on your phone. If you want to make sure that other Dayre users can discover your content, be sure to add tags. While there is no specific space for tags in your posts, simply hashtag the words you want to tag at the end of your post and they’ll appear as clickable links in your post within the app.
An interesting way in which Dayre sets itself apart from other blogging or social media services is that all updates shared on the same day appear as part of one post. It really stays true to the concept of journaling where all updates on a specific day appear on one page – and each post is marked with a number denoting which day of the year it was posted (out of 365). Your posts can also be displayed by week or month, which will be a great way to get an overview of your posts over longer periods of time as you use the app more.
Posting from Dayre on your phone is extremely intuitive. It might not occur to you to keep a daily diary or journal using your phone, but with Dayre it’s surprisingly easy.
Following Other Users
It’s no surprise that, as Dayre borrows quite a few features from other social networks, that it allows you to follow other users. To discover other users, click on the menu button on the top left hand corner and select ‘Explore.’ You can search other blogs by blog names or tags.
Unfortunately, while tags added to posts are clickable within the app, they aren’t in a standard browser, meaning that the only way to really discover other Dayre users is through the app itself.
As per other social networks, you can also like and comment on posts. As you follow other users and they follow you, the number of friends and followers will be displayed on your profile. Any updates from people you follow will appear in a tab specifically for your feed.
Creative Uses for Dayre
Because of the way that Dayre posts are set up, and the kinds of posts you can share, it would make a great app to keep a travel journal. Sharing the location, photos, videos and thoughts from your trips as they happen, in chronological order is a great way to preserve those memories.
You can also use Dayre for any sort of year-long project. If you’ve committed to taking one photo a day, writing one poem a day, or any other sort of year-long commitment, Dayre provides the perfect on-the-go vehicle to get your thoughts or images out there for the world to see.
Dayre also gives you a great way to just share any sort of content you want to share, without the pressure of writing incredibly long blog posts. The accessibility of having your journaling tool in your pocket all the time, together with the character count limit, really takes the pressure off. If you’re looking for an alternative mobile-friendly journal for your iOS devices, check out our full review of Day One.
Can you think of any creative uses for Dayre? Let us know in the comments.
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