Posted on Mar 19, 2013 | 2 comments
Visitors come to Easy Journaling for a variety of reasons but the most popular is to find the best journal app for their favorite device. Just type “best android diary” or “best iPhone journal” into any Google search bar and you will probably be directed to this website.
As nice as the ‘best journal app‘ posts are that you will find here, they aren’t really that helpful because each user has such different criteria. The top 5 apps for Jack won’t be the same for Jane. Everyone approaches digital journaling differently and a simple list cannot appropriately serve unique individuals.
I have tried as often as possible to give personal journal app recommendations to those who have bothered to ask. And as much as I enjoy the challenge of taking the differing criteria and using several years of app research to give the best journaling solution, the Easy Journaling community is getting to the point where it isn’t practical to serve everyone in this manner.
There was a solution to this problem all along but it took me over a year to finally pull the trigger and automate my journal recommendation process. Thanks to a paid developer, an online researcher and a skilled friend, we have built an entire journal app recommendation tool from scratch and I am excited to announce that it is now available… and it is free. It will always be free.
We call it BJAT (pronounced ‘Bee-Jat’) which stands for Best Journal App Tool. In fact, type www.bestjournalapp.com into any browser and you will instantly be directed to BJAT.
So what exactly is BJAT and how does it work? Well, it is much easier than it sounds. You simply answer seven questions (such as what is your primary device, do you prefer a simple or customizable interface… and so on) and push the SHOW MY BEST APPS button at the bottom. This is where the magic of BJAT takes over. Using an algorithm that I can’t claim to understand, BJAT takes your answers to the questions and creates a list of the five journal apps (out of the 70+ journal apps in the database) that best match your criteria. From there you can click straight through to the app store (or product page) and download it to your device. If you don’t like the five choices you were given, you can simple press ‘Search Again’ and give it another twirl. Actually, I recommend this. Give BJAT as many twirls as you can because we want to make sure that it is strong.
At the time of the writing of this post, BJAT is still in the final stages of being finished. It works great but we still want to work out a few kinks and make sure that the best apps always rise to the top. We want this to be a resource not only to the EJ community but to anyone that is ever looking for the perfect fit in a journaling application. We hope that you will let us know if you have any comments, suggestions or bugs that you see.
Let us know in the comments if this is the sort of stuff we should be churning out or if you want us to stick to content (books, mini-guides, posts…)