Specific Examples of Capturing Life (Podcast)

Posted on May 7, 2014 | 0 comments

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photo (1)In this episode, Nathan and Sam discuss a variety of examples for Capturing Life, as a sneak-peek preview of topics we’ll be covering on Easy Journaling in the future.

  • Nathan shares his family’s recipe for accomplishing great Family Newsletters.
  • Sam shares his disappointment with his favorite online journaling tool, LDS Journal, and how he and Tiffany implemented their “Exit Strategy”.
  • Nathan and Sam talked about the ways to preserve hand-written journals for future generations.
  • …and more!
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Why You Should Consider Printing Your Digital Journal

Posted on May 14, 2013 | 0 comments

Photo Credit \Richard Fisher

Photo Credit – Richard Fisher

If you have done a diligent search for a quality journal app for your smartphone and tablet you may have been attacked by a flurry of features.




…and so on.

As great as these sound and as wonderful as it is to capture your life in such a variety of ways, I argue against using most multimedia features that digital journals offer these days. The exception?


If it isn’t clear already, I teach that you shouldn’t use these sort of bells and whistles because in the end you can’t print them (alright, maybe emoticons, but… whatever šŸ™‚ )

Until the day where printed paper is as interactive and dynamic as screens are today, it is wise to limit your journal entries to text and pictures because in the end that is the only thing that your printer can handle. The Harry Potter type newspapers will hopefully prove me wrong in a decade or two, but until then we should prepare for someday printing our journals.

So all of that begs the question- why would you want to print your digital journal?

Haven’t you seen any zombie/ApocalypseĀ movies? The power isn’t ONĀ at the end of the world! Your PDF files will be of no use!

Photo Credit- Norio Nakayama

Photo Credit- Norio Nakayama


All joking aside, having a printed version of your already electronic journal is just an added measure of protection. Even though you should have a few redundant copies of the PDF (or .txt) versions of your journals, there is nothing to say that those files will be transferred correctly and in due time to your posterity upon your passing. There is also noĀ guaranteeĀ that the file formats won’t change in the next few decades.

And not only is having a printed version another level of backup for your journals, there is a certain level ofĀ nostalgia in having and holding a physical copy of your words. I’ve done this on a couple of occasions andĀ Ā it is wonderful. It would be very easy to pass down a printed copy (or multiple if you want to press the print button a couple of times) to your children or grandchildren when the time comes.

Again, this is just me (and remember that I am more on the capturing life side of journaling) but I think everyone should seriously consider eventually printing their journals out. Knowing that this will be part of your eventual exit strategy will change the way you approach your daily journaling because you will focus more on words and pictures and less on audio/visual and proprietary file formats.

Look for more information on the specifics of printing in future blog posts and podcast episodes, but until then you can always take your electronic files and get the printed out at places like lulu.com, createspace.com and shutterfly.com.

Have you ever considered printing out your journal?

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Penzu is Android, LDS Journal is iPhone

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 | 0 comments

If anyone comes to me and tells me journaling is so important to them that they just want the best option, regardless of price, I almost always point them in the direction of either Penzu or LDS Journal. These two online journaling services offer more features than most and are available from nearly every platform. Penzu is more widely known and used, but LDS Journal was actually my first eJournal and is a beautiful Penzu alternative. In fact, LDS Journal’s print feature is probably the number one single feature any eJournal has that I am aware of. I even did a video review when I received mine.

Penzu, on the other hand, is a feature-filled monster. From military-grade encryption, multiple journals, prompts and fonts aplenty, this online journal has almost anything you would want along with somethings you didn’t even know you needed. The downside to Penzu- as well as LDS Journal- is the lackluster mobile interface. Sure you can journal from smartphones for either of these, but you probably won’t want to.

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Video: LDSJournal Printed Journal Review

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 | 0 comments

The Easy Journaling YouTube channel is here! To kick it off, I have a quick look at one of the most amazing services LDS Journal offers: a built-in printing service. I have used LDS Journal somewhat over the past several years and just received my first printed journal in the mail and had to show you what it looks like. I know that I don’t show the book very much, but that is because I am trying to keep my personal journal personal šŸ™‚

Learn more about LDS Journal’s book printing service here.

Let me know if you have suggestions for future video reviews and make sure and subscribe to the EasyJournaling YouTube channel!

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These 3 Online Journals Are Worth Your Time

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 | 0 comments

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

Online/web journals are great. They offer virtually unlimited room for you journal- today, tomorrow and ten years from now. They are secure and backed up constantly. They have proven long life spans. Oh, and you can access them from any computer.

But unlike the iOS or Android app stores, your best method of finding these journals is through a series of Google searches and questionable user testimonials. It can be overwhelming, especially if you are like me and want any journal you start to stay with you for at least a few years.

So I roughed up the internets a bit and these three gems dropped out. I have verified each through more than one source and can attest to their soundness and legitimacy. Each offer a free package with basic features and at least one paid tier for more goodies.

Similar to the 5 Android journals I clustered up a few days ago, I plan on giving all of these (plus some) more fleshed out reviews. But if you can’t wait until then and are just itching to type that first entry, I present three of the best.

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