I am not aware of any rule mandating to use one rather than the other when writing vs. The pronunciation is slightly different though: "j'essaye" would sound at the end like "pareil", whereas "j'essaie" would sound like "sait".
I am not aware that one pronunciation or the other would have this or that connotation.
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