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!
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!
Journaling regularly is a very satisfying act. It’s the type of pastime with numerous benefits. Not only does journaling give you a private place to record your thoughts, it gives you the opportunity to revisit different times in your life and reflect upon the growth and progress you have made as a person. Your journal can enhance the quality of your life, help you pinpoint your dreams and aspirations, and strengthen the relationships you have with your family and friends. So, how can you improve your journaling practice? What...read more!
Photo Credit: Peter Griffin Do you love the convenience of modern technology but also enjoy the solitude found in the Great Outdoors? Does your idea of ‘roughing it’ differ than your family and friends? If you answered, “Yes,” to these questions, you very well fall into a category of modern day campers, hikers, and explorers that are online and connected throughout the course of their journeys. Thanks to a handful of incredible inventors, you can take technology with you while you sleep under the stars. Best...read more!
Journaling causes you to push your edges. It has you exploring the confines of your comfort zone. It makes you question things and draw conclusions. It gives insight about the past, identifies areas of improvement, and helps your dreams take flight. With that being said, if you journal on a regular basis, you’ll find times where you need inspiration for your posts. The creative well may have run dry and you look for things outside yourself to fill it once again. If that is the case, and it certainly will be from time to time, there are a...read more!
Express Yourself with an Art Journal Art journaling offers freedom of expression. Drawing, painting, and collaging enhance journal entries and allow journalers to capture the faintest details of daily events. Part art and part written word, the art journal brings to life thoughts, feelings, and experiences and puts them on the page for others to see. Although art journaling can be a very private affair, many people gain strength in sharing their Art journaling offers freedom of expression. Drawing, painting, and collaging enhance journal...read more!
The problem with a blog as opposed to, say, a book, is that blogs are living and evolving while books are (generally) static and considered a finished work. Books are organized so that you can start from the beginning and get the information presented on a sturdy foundation. For example, if you are reading a book on volleyball you will probably learn about the history of the game and the fundamentals of how to play before you get to expert techniques. Blogging is as big as it is for a reason, but that still doesn’t...read more!
Spelling bees are cute, aren’t they? Children gathering to demonstrate a talent that hasn’t been relevant since before they were born. This is comparable to me taking part in a typewriter competition when I was in grade school 20 years ago. Typewriters were largely irrelevant at that time just like spelling on the fly is largely irrelevant now. Spell check has killed the spelling B, even if society hasn’t come to grasp with that fact now. I’ve thought considerably about what role proper spelling and grammar play in my...read more!
Get 101 Reasons to Write a Journal and Modern Journaling (plus more) bundled for a low price today! My relationship with Penzu has been well documented. It started as a nice online journal that I hoped to use someday to something that I used daily for more than a year. It went from something that I was infatuated with to something that I was ultimately frustrated with. To read more about Penzu, click here. It has been nearly six months since I started using Diaro 3 for Android (and PC) as my daily journal and I still love it. The mobile...read more!
In an effort to better measure and track the progress of myself and other digital journalers, I recently developed a method called ‘The 5 Levels of Digital Journaling‘ (you can see a summary here or get the full version here). This was my attempt to quantify all of the things that make great journalers great and reveal the signs and symptoms of those who have a long ways to go. Along with the 5 levels I developed, I also created a quiz that you could take so that you instantly knew where you landed on the spectrum. As nice as this...read more!
As I mentioned roughly a month ago, I am going to start reporting on how I am doing with my own personal journal keeping as well as other metrics of capturing my life. I will do this for two reasons: 1) hold myself accountable to the goals I am setting and 2) help you have some sort of bar to check yourself against. I am by no means perfect or the highest bar. Rather, I would consider my efforts perhaps above average with many exceeding the quantity and quality of my journaling and picture taking. May was a crazy month. We are going through a...read more!