Benefits of Journaling Keeping a journal on your computer, smartphone or tablet can open a whole new world of possibilities. Specifically, benefits of digital journaling can include-

 

  • Cloud backup- Many journal application allow you to login to your Dropbox, Evernote, Box.net, Google Drive, iCloud or other online storage accounts so that your journal is always safely backed up. This is especially useful if you drop your phone in the toilet!
  • Customization- Fonts, backgrounds and book covers can be changed around in certain apps and online journals. This gives you the ability to express yourself more fully in your personal journaling.
  • Picture insert- They say that pictures are worth a thousand words but this isn’t true- they are worth much more! Adding pictures into your entries will enrich your journal more than any other addition.
  • Keyboard input- Most of us can type much faster than we can write simply because one wrist can’t compete with ten fingers. This allows us to either put more words in our journals or write the same in a much shorter period of time! Touchscreen typing can’t boast the same claim but we are all getting faster with texting!
  • Searchable- Never worry about lost journal entries again because the best digital journals have a search function built in. This allows you to search for a name or topic and instantly get all of your entries about that person or subject.
  • Neatly printed journals- When you have written enough entries you can sometimes export to PDF and print (some newer journal applications are even starting to offer built in print services). This is especially useful if you have horrible handwriting like me!
  • Copy and paste- Sometimes our best words aren’t written in our journals. An amazing trick I have found is that we can copy and paste these words out of emails, social media or blog posts right into our personal journals! Hard to do if you are writing it by hand…
  • Password protection- Never worry about prying eyes by getting a digital journal that has password protection (most do). Securing your personal journal will allow you to open up more without the fear of someone picking it up and flipping through the pages.
  • Encryption- A few of the digital journals even offer encryption services. This scrambling of your data makes sure that no one can read it, even if they break your password!
  • Auto time stamping- Never worry about forgetting to add the date to the entry because it is always added, automatically.
  • Always in your pocket- If you keep a personal journal on your smartphone you almost always will have it nearby. This makes for some of the best entries because you can write them on the spot.