icon_512Keeping a journal is similar to exercise. Some people start it out strong; going to the gym every day, doing the necessary warm-ups and buying the required items but there will come a point where the thrill and excitement fizzles up. For people who want to keep a journal, the problem is not in the determination or the time. Sometimes, we just don’t know what to write about. We face an empty piece of paper with a pen at hand just letting precious time pass by. Then we give up.

If you are one of the many people who encounter such problems then you don’t have to worry anymore. With the iOS app named Roller Journal, you will never have to worry about not knowing what to write anymore.

Roller Journal is not like your everyday ordinary journal app. Aside from giving you a place to write a journal, it actually helps your write one. It gives you notifications at different times of day that it notices you tend to write. Find it hard to start a new entry every day? Roller Journal has a couple of open ended questions (typically called prompts in the journaling world) that will help you start your journal. It also has milestones or achievements especially made for people who crave for “reward” in keeping a journal.

Roller Journal is easy to use and you can use it right after installation. It will provide you a short and basic overview of the app and its features. Honestly, even if you missed this part you wouldn’t have much of a problem as it is user-friendly.instead-of-blank-pages-roller-journal-for-iphone-asks-you-questions-to-guide-you-in-your-journal-writing_i-eos_0

After installing the app, you can start your journal writing adventure. Tapping “Start a New Entry” will trigger the app to ask simple questions such as:

  1. What are you looking forward to?
  2. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
  3. What’s one thing you’d like to change about today?

It’s as if somebody is actually asking you questions to help you express yourself. As soon as you answer a question, you will be taken to the next questions. You will also have the choice to skip questions if you don’t see them fit. Roller has the capability to track a specific question and your answers to that said questions. This is a good way to track changes and gain insight about yourself.

If you think the built in questions are getting too repetitive then you can always purchase questions packs for new questions. Also, the app allows you to categorize the questions into three types:

  • Always Ask Me
  • Never Ask Me
  • Ask Me Randomly

As the titles suggest, the categories basically group the questions that you want to be asked, questions that you don’t want to be asked about and the questions that you might like to answer every now and then. If you still think the default questions and the paid question packs don’t trigger the writer in you then you can create your own questions.

Some people really consider journal writing to be a part of their lives while others see it as a very troublesome activity. If you are the latter and would really want to try it out. Roller Journal is a good way to motivate yourself and stimulate the hidden creative talent in you. Roller Journal is currently $1.99.

Catch this video for a great visual of how Roller Journal works by the developer. (click here if it isn’t showing up)