Photo Credit - Dmitriy

Photo Credit – Dmitriy

The benefits of keeping a digital journal over a classic, hand-written journal are clear and growing every year. It is now more secure, private, convenient and enjoyable to keep a digital journal than the more old fashioned methods.

As I speak to you through email and social media, however, there is one aspect of hand-written journals that many of you aren’t willing to fully let go of- the hand-written part. For some reasons there is a perception out there that there are fewer benefits of journaling via your fingers on a keyboard than using your wrist with a pen. I’m not sure where this came from but I’m fairly confident that it is false. I am many times more distracted writing by hand than when I type because it flows so much better.

But do you know what? This concern is essentially irrelevant because of one important fact:

There are several ways to keep a hand-written journal in your digital journal. That’s right, digital journaling is better than classic journaling because it actually can include classic journaling!

How is this possible you ask? Well, I have written at least two posts showing different ways of getting your handwriting and doodles into your digital entries. Draw Pad Pro is a great example and there are many more like it. In fact, I’ve recently been contacted by Alexander Zorinov who is the developer of Leather Diary for iPad and Couture Pages for iPad and iPhone with his thoughts on the issue. His perspective is important because both of his journal apps allow the user to write entries in their own handwriting using stylus.

In the recent years, with introduction of iPad, classic paper diary and typing journal on computers have been transformed into digital journaling (a combination of the two). There are many various diaries and journals for tablets and smartphones with different features and capabilities. It takes a lot of time and effort for the user to find the right one. Some apps support typing text, while others allow handwriting only. The apps that support both typing as well as handwriting have the advantage and can be more productive. The first page can be typed, the second page can be a sketch and the third page can have a photo with handwritten notes, for example. The user can switch from typing to handwriting at any time and to keep all data in one, easy to find place.


It’s also much easier and faster to write by hand on smartphones. Typing on smartphones can be frustrating because of the small screen and in some situations handwriting will be faster and more effective. To be able to draw a sketch is also a nice feature. It can be used for meetings, projects, design ideas,  planning and so on. A  sketch can be mixed with typing text,  photos and printed out or email as one entry.


In other words, all-in-one diaries/journals are more efficient, productive and better adaptive to the user requirements.


Leather Diary and Couture Pages apps support both typing and handwriting. In Couture Pages for example, some page’s backgrounds are designed specifically for handwriting and sketching, at the same time the user can type, change fonts and font colors. 


The simplicity, easy data entry and all-in-one are the key principals to take full advantage of Digital Journaling.

If handwriting in your journal helps you feel closer to your words, don’t let it be an excuse to miss out on the great benefits of digital journaling. I’ve given several examples of how you can write within your digital journal entries and there are many more only a Google search away.

Sound off in the comments as to why or why not handwriting is important in your own journaling!