Thanks, Bakari Chavanu, for this guest post: In age of Twitter, Facebook, smartphone apps, and even the NSA, very little seems private anymore. Many of us seem to want to let others know what we ate for lunch, who we recently befriended, and what video we starred on YouTube. Some people even confuse Twitter for a daily journal or diary. The tradition of diary- and journal-keeping is centered around privacy. But is there a case for allowing others to read our private writing? Our journals or diaries may not be the historic...read more!
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!
Life is constantly evolving. I’m welcoming a journaling guru to the Easy Journaling team. While demands on my full-time career have never been higher, and my roles as husband and father require increasing attention, I realize that I need serious help to give Easy Journaling the attention it deserves. This website is still the only location focused on digital journaling and consistently serves a growing audience as well as the casual journaler looking for the best journal app or digital journaling tips. It is with great...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!
Editors Note: Although I will get credit towards my phone bill if you sign up for Ting using the links below, this isn’t an advertisement. Ting never approached me about this. I found out about them, researched the service they offered and made the switch. The post below documents my thought process on a decision that would cost me hundreds up front but save me thousands in the long run. I have been very happy so far and wanted to share my experience with you. I will try and keep you updated on my Ting experience. My...read more!
After reviewing several really good journaling apps, My Diary – Private Journal was quite a letdown. In all fairness I must state that I am a bit of an App Junkie and I enjoy apps that are feature rich as well as apps that are highly customizable. My Diary – Private Journal is neither. What you see is what you get, and you don’t get much. Nevertheless, how can one complain when the price is right… it is free. When an app is free what could you lose? All you invested is the time it took you to determine...read more!
Okay, so a month or two ago I made the announcement that I would be switching my daily journaling from Diaro 3 to Everyday Timeline- both for Android. I had been using Diaro 3 for about 7 months and had loved it but I had always wanted to try Everyday Timeline as my daily go-to for about a year so as soon as it came to Android I jumped on board. As always, because I am in control of my data I can switch the journals I use daily when ever I please. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please download the free mini-guide you see on...read more!
You may have read on EasyJournaling.com, our mid-summer review of Thoughtree (the Beta) but I’m pleased to reevaluate my recommendation now that it has hit the iTunes App Store, all tweaked and tuned for iOS 7 and free for the taking. Developer, Jude Abeler, offers journalers his “personal thought network” for practical productivity, with a classic user interface in black, white and green. Its charming tree logo reminded me of my children’s’ book collection, which included The Giving Tree. Both are delightfully...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!
Orange Diary was quite a delight to use. One could call it the Swiss Army Knife of diary and journaling apps. Not only can it do many different things, but it can do them well. It is a great tool for someone who, in addition to making journal entries, has projects and task to keep track of. For instance you can add an entry that is a project and within the entry you can add a task list. This will show up in your timeline and you can choose a specific icon of your liking to identify your non journal entries. In...read more!