The 10 Best Easy Journaling Posts (So Far)

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Easy JournalingThe 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 mean there aren’t any challenges with this content medium. I am constantly battling the fact that new readers come to this website every day and probably aren’t looking for the tips on being a level 5 journaler when they are just looking for a journal app for their iPhone. This is why I have the ‘top posts’ feature on the sidebar of every page.

This post is my attempt to alleviate some more of this potential confusion. This can hopefully be a place where you can come to get started so that you get the fundamentals first before moving on to the more advanced stuff.

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Digital Journaling

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 | 0 comments

I’m proud to share some wonderful insight from my friend Hannah Braime. She is a growing voice in both the journaling and wellness communities and I am very much enjoying her book The Ultimate Guide to Journaling which is available on Amazon (more on it when I am done!) As you will see, she shares many of the same feelings I have about the benefits of digital journaling. I hope that her words will help you as much as they have helped me.

Take it away Hannah!


5 Ways to Enhance your Digital Journaling

The internet has changed our lives in a multitude of ways, including how we record our innermost thoughts and feelings. Digital journaling has been on the up over the past decade, to such an extent that you can now find numerous websites and software packages that offer one kind of digital journaling service or another.

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4 Ways Your Email Can Improve Your Journal

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Give Your Journaling A Boost!

As I have mentioned before, we are constantly creating content about our lives these days. Just think about how often you are typing on a keyboard for personal use and you start to get an idea about how large our digital footprints have gotten over the past few years. This includes social media, todo lists, creative content, documents and, yes, email.

Photo Credit - Keith Ramsey

Photo Credit – Keith Ramsey

It has taken years for me to truly understand the connection between email and digital journaling. As I have understood how similar these practices are, it has opened up both the ability to improve my digital journal and also how quickly I can add content to my entries.

To give you a glimpse into the link between these worlds, I have compiled this list of 5 ways email can improve your journal. As always, if you have more tips, sound off in the comments below!

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Top 5 FREE iPhone Journals/Diaries

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 | 0 comments

Want to get started in a journal on your iPhone but feeling light in the wallet? This list covers the best available free journals and diaries for the iPhone. Some of these don’t have all of the features that I preach you should hold out for, but then again, they won’t cost you a penny so what will it hurt? Then again, a few of these are packed with the goodies many paid apps have and I’m not sure how they can be offered for free.

Also note that there are a ton of other free journal apps available, but many of them require an in-app purchase to unlock unlimited entries or other basic features. This list is made up of diaries that (I believe) are fully functional without additional purchase. Clicking on the icon will take you to the app in the app store and clicking on the name will take you to a full review here at Easy Journaling (except for My Tymz and MeDaily).

So try one or try them all and, as always, let me know if I missed one.

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How to Organize Your eJournal With Tags and Search

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Awesome Journaling Tip

Let’s be honest, if you can’t find what you want in your journal, it loses much of its worth and purpose. Why record your thoughts on the birth of your first grandchild when the only way to find it is by reading the entire journal? Sure, you can usually go to a specific date and read what you wrote. But what if you don’t remember what date it was on or what if you want to find all of the entries about a specific topic?

A few eJournals such as Momento have a built in tag function. You can assign specific tags to an entry and it will then group all entries with that tag moving forward. The good news is that you don’t need a journal with a tag function. The more important feature is the ability to search it.

Photo Credit - Jeffrey Beall

Photo Credit – Jeffrey Beall

When I first realized how powerful search can be with journals and diaries, I started doing it the first way that came to mind. This simply meant that if I wanted a topic to be searchable in the future I would just add keywords throughout the entry. In practice, however, this can be kind of awkward. Nothing makes a journal readable like finding an INSPIRING STORY, DEEP THOUGHT or FIRST TIME  in the middle of a paragraph (note the sarcasm and realize the all caps is only added for emphasis).

This brought me to a more refined method of tagging for search ability and I hope that the reader will employ this tactic and see how wonderful it can be. Rather than trying to specifically add keywords throughout the text of the entry, I have found that it is easier to include them at the end of the entry. This way they will still show up in searches but they won’t get in the way of what you are trying to read. Check out this example.

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Best Journal App for Nokia and Windows Phone 7

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 | 0 comments

If you are reading this, you probably know that not everyone has an iPhone or Android phone (contrary to popular belief). Nokia is one of the most popular phones in the world and the new Windows phones have seen some incredible love from critics. If you have one of these devices, I don’t want you to be left out of the eJournal party!

These are the best I can find for these great phones (oh, and they are FREE!), but if you know of a better one, please, let us know in the comments. Note that these descriptions are written by the developer. Clicking the link will take you the respective app store page.

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eJournal Features: Part Two – Features that Matter

Posted on Nov 5, 2011 | 0 comments

It is always my pleasure to be featured as a guest writer for one of the best journaling websites online, Create Write Now. This is part two in a three part series have written on figuring out what features you need to look for as you search for an eJournal. I highly encourage you to click through to the full article and the rest of the Create Write Now goodness.

Guest Blog Post By Sam Lytle

In the market for a solid eJournal for your computer or mobile device? If you have taken the time to look around, you may have been a little overwhelmed at all of the different options and the features that they advertise.

“This journal has just under a million fonts!”
“This diary will make you more attractive!”
“This app shoots out sparkles when you write a week in a row!”

…or something like that.

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The Top 5 iPhone Journals

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 | 0 comments

Looking for the best journal app for you? Try our free journal recommendation tool!

There is no doubt that iPhone developers have conjured up some incredible journals. Some look gorgeous, others are packed with features and some have both looks and brains. This is my ranking of the best journals and diaries available for the platform.

Note that clicking on the icon will take you to the full Easy Journaling review but if you want to go straight to iTunes to download the app, click on the black Available in the App Store button.

Wonderful Days – $2.99

Beautiful interface, tons of themes, in-line picture placement, Evernote backup and PDF export will make any journal app desirable. When you include the day rating, geotagged entries, search function, multiple fonts and customizable home screen, this app suddenly becomes the best available for the popular smartphone. Surprisingly, Wonderful Days is only a few months old and the developers have already added some evolutionary updates.

In addition to the standard review, I also wrote a road test review on using it for nearly a month.

Day One – $1.99

This is the app that Apple would have developed if they were in the personal journal market. Minimalistic and modern, Day One keeps a clean, consistent theme throughout. Additionally, you can backup your entries in the ‘cloud’ with the popular Dropbox. Spanning more than smartphones, Day One also syncs with its iPad and Mac versions by the same name.

Unfortunately, it is currently impossible to upload pictures into your entries, but developers promise that feature will be included soon.

Have a lot of memories on your iPhone? Back up all of your picture and text messages for $19.99!!

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