Month: July 2011

Should You Use LiveJournal To Journal?

If you do a quick search online for online journal, LiveJournal will probably be one of the first search results. The gut reaction would be to use it as your journal since it is obviously so popular. And yes, it is very, very popular. For most users, however, I would discourage the use of LiveJournal for your personal diary or journal. This isn’t because it isn’t a great service. It is just because it is a social journal and blogging website and not specifically designed for privacy. And as I have mentioned, if keeping your personal journal personal isn’t...

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I Have Shrapnel In My Journal

If you have only put words in your journals, you are missing out. Doodles, pictures, receipts, movie tickets and much more can enhance the experience of a hand-written journal. I have letters, soda can packaging and addresses in a few of mine. And every once in a while you have an experience where words just aren’t enough. It was several years ago and I was on the Big Island of Hawaii. I had already seen most of the sites including Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley and Mauna Kea. But for those of you that have been (and many of you...

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Journal App Review: Wonderful Days Might Be My New Favorite iPhone Journal

An interesting thing about Apple’s App Store is that critics are constantly saying that every genre is full and that it is ignorant to believe that a new app will break the ranks of the best. I think I have even said that. And then you get an app like Wonderful Days by HandyPadSoft, released more than three years after the App Store was started yet still finding ways to push the envelope and compete with the best journals available for the iPhone. Like the best apps, it is simple, beautiful and functional at the surface, but if you...

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101 Reasons To Write a Journal

  101 Reasons to Write a Journal is now an eBook! Click here to check it out.   Why Even Get Into Journaling? This is one of those “I couldn’t find it anywhere so I wrote it myself” posts. I have been looking for a good, long list of reasons to journal for a while, and few get past 10. In fact, I think what you are about to read may be the longest “reasons to write a journal” list ever. At least ever that I can find. I know this site usually focuses on methods of journaling and...

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Journal App Review: PlainDiary

Some feel that features and usability are mutually exclusive. While this might be the case in some situations, I have seen many developers successfully present a beautiful and simple app while having a deep feature set beneath the surface. Apple is actually a great example of this. Their products are usually very easy to use but still have a ton of customization, options and utility if you look a little deeper. PlainDiary is, in most aspects, the beauty without the brawn. The interface is clean and simple- rather like Day One actually- but the beauty is only skin deep....

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