My Diary – Private Journal… Just a “Plain” Average App

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 | 0 comments

md 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 whether you like it or not.

Before moving on, let me make it clear that this review is on My Diary – Private Journal (MDPJ).  There is another app called My Diary that has an icon very similar to MDPJ.

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6 Things to Consider Before Moving to a New eJournal

Posted on May 22, 2012 | 1 comment

Call it a blessing or a curse, but one option you have keeping a digital journal that you don’t with handwritten ones is that you can move/duplicate/delete the files. This can be done either purposefully or even on accident if you are not careful.

An extension of this ability is that it is sometimes possible to move your journal entries from one eJournal to another. Unfortunately, however, this process is cumbersome at best and excruciatingly frustrating at worst. This is likely because these software developers aren’t looking for compatibility with competitors but focus rather on macing their own applications better.

I’ve been dwelling on this subject lately more than usual because I am currently embroiled in the process and on the aforementioned frustration spectrum, I am leaning towards the ‘worse’ end. I spoke of my reasoning of why I switched from Wonderful Days to Penzu a few months ago, but this is the first time I have talked about the actual process of switching. Yes, it is still a work in process, even months later. Instead of giving you a blow by blow of my personal experience (of which very few will deal with), I present six items to consider when/if you decide that the first eJournal you chose isn’t the best choice and you want to migrate to another.

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Top 5 Free iPad Journals/Diaries

Posted on Mar 10, 2012 | 0 comments

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The iPad continues to grow in popularity as the apps available increase every day. If you have ever wanted to turn your iPad into your own personal journal, you are not alone. There are dozens of great apps available, and fortunately, they don’t have to break the bank to get started.

In fact, if you can handle the occasional iAds or missing functionality, there are actually some decent journals for the iPad that are absolutely free. This is the top 5 along with important information. If you have tried any of these, please sound off in the comments below describing your own personal experience.

Note that these descriptions are from the developer and I have not personally tested every one of these. Clicking the title of the app will take you to the apps page on iTunes.

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Meernotes For The iPhone Has Become That Little Notebook In My Back Pocket

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 | 2 comments

Meernotes - Fabulously Retro

It’s been a while, but a few months ago I wrote about an interesting little diary/notebook app for the iPhone called Meernotes when it first came out (it was initially called Molenotes). I gave it fairly high praises and it has seen similar respect from other critics and users alike. Unlike other digital writing mediums where every page is essentially unlimited, Meernotes strives to actually duplicate a little notebook by only allowing you to write a certain amount of words on each page. After that you can turn the page (which, fortunately, seem to be unlimited) and continue your thought.

Not only are these pages and notebooks gorgeous, but you can keep multiple journals and store them on a built-in bookshelf. It also includes Dropbox syncing, several fonts, bookmarking, indexing, tabbing and more.

Even though I quickly fell in love with Meernotes, there were a few missing features that prevented me from making it into my daily journal. Most notably was the missing password as I would never even start a journal/diary without one. There also isn’t any way to insert pictures into entries and PDF export would be nice. Basically, Meernotes is really as close as you can to having a little notebook on your iPhone and doesn’t really try and be a true diary, and that’s okay.

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How to Organize Your eJournal With Tags and Search

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 | 2 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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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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What Is An eJournal?

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 | 0 comments

Photo Credit - J Dreijer

Photo Credit – J Dreijer

It’s all about the “e” in eJournal

You may have heard the term ‘eJournal‘ here or abroad, especially in reference to a journal app or online diary. While the term can actually mean several things depending on context, including online medical, law or scientific journals, when discussed about personal journaling, eJournal simply means “electronic journal”. There are many other “e” words gaining popularity including “edating”, “elife” and “efriends”. In all of these examples, the e originally stood for electronic, just like eJournal and just like email.

…and almost as popoular as the “i” in Apple

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