2015 –

Personal Relationship Manager & Diary

I haven’t actively worked on Votre for a year now, but it’s probably still my favourite project. It’s a personal relationship manager, or personal CRM, which allows you to organize information about the people in your life.

We all forget things about other people. We can’t even remember the names of all the people we meet. Not only remembering names, but also little details about others can make you a better friend. Remembering previous conversations is important for having better ones.

When I set out to design Votre (which was many months before I started coding), I asked myself how I would want to handle such a task. The system should make it easy to enter and read all the information I want to remember about people. I initially thought of an extended contact app, somewhat similar to Monica, which launched a year later.
But my gut feeling told me that entering data about people into a system similar to a spreadsheet wouldn’t be fun and either lack in depth of features or have millions of possible fields. I knew I had to make it customizable in some way.

I think that the easiest way to input information about people is by writing about your day, by journaling. Thus Votre came to be a diary application, where you can tag people and later retrieve where you mentioned them.

today – August 3rd

How was today’s workout?
It was the best workout ever.

Joseph hosted a great party yesterday. His new girlfriend is Marie
I found out that Joseph is allergic to Onions.

Alex got married today. Lin told me she’s still in love with her.
Top 3?
  • I had great fun with Eren at work
  • Joe praised my work on ProjectX
  • 15km, 6:15 pace

You can @-mention people, so that you can later view everything that you wrote about one person.
It’s best to build a good habit and write every day.


August 3rd 2017
Joseph hosted a great party yesterday. His new girlfriend is Marie. I found out that Joseph is allergic to Onions.

October 17th 2016
Joseph is an old friend of mine. We met in Kindergarten and are still friends today. He loves coffee.

It’s currently in beta, but plans for version 1 have been made. It will feature a simpler design and a new editor with improved tagging functionality, thanks to Slate for React.

© 2018 Emil Bruckner