Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. In a recent report, it was calculated that Americans spend more time on social media than any other major Internet activity, including email. (Business Insider Sept. 26, 2014) We are sharing photos, composing tweets, displaying our likes, commenting on friends’ activities and posting status updates in bite-size chunks. Certainly we are capturing fragments of our life. But is this the same as the self-reflective art of...read more!
Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. Recently, I was featured in Kathleen Adams’ community website affectionately known as “The Journalverse”. For more about Kathleen’s amazing contributions to the world of journal therapy and her creation of the Journalverse, please visit and listen to my JournalTalk podcast on the subject. This interview was held on a recorded line with several Journalverse members, and titled...read more!
Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. This is the first episode of Capturing Life where I invited a journaling app developer to join me and discuss some features of their app. Meet Siqi Chen, co-founder and CEO of Heyday, an app that does your journaling for you! Heyday is getting great reviews and attention because it organizes information that most people collect in their journals (places you visit, photos you take, etc.) into a timeline so that...read more!
Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. In this episode, I invited a guest, Bakari Chavanu — author and blogger — to help me discuss the fact that your digital footprint never dies! Capturing life through technology has many benefits. And yet, there are some increasingly relevant issues surrounding your digital accounts (journals, social media profiles, and cloud file storage) when you pass away. Do you have a “digital...read more!
People are loving writr. They have been climbing up the ranks, and quickly. Now in Top 5 paid productivity apps, and in the Top 100 overall paid apps. They consistently get 5 and 4 star ratings flowing in from the U.S. Writr has recieved a confirmation from Microsoft to be featured in their next round of promotions, and have been recently reviewed on WPCentral. The following is a review from one of their users. What struck me when first opening writr, was how polished it felt. Subtle animations present the interface,...read more!
Player above not working? Either click here, or right-click and “Save Link” to download the episode. In this episode, Nathan and Sam discuss a variety of examples for Capturing Life, as a sneak-peek preview of topics we’ll be covering on Easy Journaling in the future. Nathan shares his family’s recipe for accomplishing great Family Newsletters. Sam shares his disappointment with his favorite online journaling tool, LDS Journal, and how he and Tiffany implemented their “Exit...read more!
This is a Feature Summary of a new journaling app I found called monkkee.com. I discovered it just as I was updating the BJAT (Best Journaling App Tool) that was started over a year ago to help people find the best journaling application for their preferences. We’ve now added this and about a dozen other new apps that have gained some internet attention. Thanks to Christina Wieling for the guest post. I have added my own commentary at the end. monkkee is a new online journaling site with a special focus on privacy and...read more!
Thanks, Bakari Chavanu, for this guest post: In age of Twitter, Facebook, smartphone apps, and even the NSA, very little seems private anymore. Many of us seem to want to let others know what we ate for lunch, who we recently befriended, and what video we starred on YouTube. Some people even confuse Twitter for a daily journal or diary. The tradition of diary- and journal-keeping is centered around privacy. But is there a case for allowing others to read our private writing? Our journals or diaries may not be the historic...read more!
Today I posted a letter from the founder of LDSJournal to its users on the Easy Journaling Facebook page. This is a very sad announcement for many people because LDSJournal was such a trusted and reliable system for journaling. The letter is written with sincerity and a brief explanation. And I know that the hundreds or thousands of users are probably trying to figure out where to go next! I’m curious to know how many people have already exported their journals, and what they plan on doing next. We’re getting some emails from...read more!
Life is constantly evolving. I’m welcoming a journaling guru to the Easy Journaling team. While demands on my full-time career have never been higher, and my roles as husband and father require increasing attention, I realize that I need serious help to give Easy Journaling the attention it deserves. This website is still the only location focused on digital journaling and consistently serves a growing audience as well as the casual journaler looking for the best journal app or digital journaling tips. It is with great...read more!
I’ve been there before. Writing in a personal journal consistently for weeks or even months until finally the thought pops in “will anyone ever read all of these words I am writing?” You have possibly been there as well. It can be sort of a downer and mess with the journaling motivation that is often so hard to gather up. Conjuring up so much thought, emotion and story telling only to wonder if those words will ever been seen by human eyes again. Sometimes writing in a journal feels like throwing a pebble in the ocean or...read more!
I have discussed many features and criteria by which you should be judging a journal app when you are in the market for a new one. These have included export to PDF, security and backup features and cross-platform compatibility. But when it is all said and done, after all of the numbers are crunched and you have limited your selection down to only a handful (which, by the way, www.bestjournalapp.com does for free) there is one criteria that you should use to rank and chose your app. What is it you ask? Well, just ask yourself a simple...read more!
New Year’s is a season for reflection and contemplation. It is a time for change. This is the third New Year in Easy Journaling’s existence. Looking at the traffic on those past two days (a bunch of people came to this website), it is apparent that journaling is a common New Year’s resolution. It makes sense, really. Journaling can both preserve history and improve life. A personal journal can even help you with your other resolutions including losing weight, progressing careers and improving relationships. While I think...read more!
Although I’m probably an above-average journal keeper, I never pretend to be perfect. I confess that I only score a 4 out of 5 on my own digital journaling scale. I believe in it and I try to faithfully keep up with it, but I could still do better. Well, today I have some more confessions to share. I basically missed the month of October with my journaling. Oh, and most of September as well. This isn’t to discourage you but rather will hopefully help you. The reason I feel this short story will help you is because we all have times...read more!
In today’s world, it can be very easy to focus on the things we don’t have rather than pay thanks to the things that we do have. Indeed, that’s when keeping a gratitude journal comes in to play. Not only does it take the focus off our unnecessary wants, it gives us a reason to reflect on all of the good things in our lives. And you shouldn’t limit the project to just yourself. Instead, involve the whole family and let the gratitude journal your children keep become a way to show them what is truly important in...read more!