I am not very interested in keeping little pieces of paper in a jar for a whole year so I thought about a different way of doing this project that was simpler and automated. Enter Evernote (whose motto is Remember Everything) and IFTTT (If This Then That).
Since I tend to put random thoughts and events from my life on Facebook, I created IFTTT recipes that would append a note to essentially create a Facebook history in Evernote. Automatically.
If you have never used IFTTT you should give it a try. It has connections to over a 100 services and it is easy to use. All you do is create a recipe to get started:
You can see in the above example that this particular recipe has triggered 29 times. All I have to do is make the post in Facebook and it is automatically sent to Evernote without any further actions on my part. I have a similar recipe for photo posts and for links that I share with friends. It has worked quite nicely and I will end up with a complete summary for the year.
On a side note, Facebook has "Year in Review" but it filters based on Facebook's criteria and I wasn't satisfied with what I got for 2013. I am interested in getting a complete list of all things that I posted. I have been happy with the results so far and look forward to looking back at 2014.
Photo Credit: 23 Reasons by Shawn McCullough used under Creative Commons