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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Tips For Vacation Journaling

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Photo Credit - Oleh Slobodeniuk

Photo Credit – Oleh Slobodeniuk

Routine is the best friend of consistent journaling. Once that daily schedule is broken, however, things get a little murky and one who writes an entry every day can easily find themselves a week behind.

So what do you do? Should journal goals only be for days of routine? I am currently finding myself in this situation. On the road for over a week, I still want to keep up writing these memories, especially since I am making them with family and friends I don’t see every day.

One tip is to not get discouraged. If you miss a day, don’t sweat it. Worrying about it will only increase your risk of missing more days in a row. Just make the next one a little longer. You can also consider writing two entries to make up for one if keeping your goal is that important.

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Easy Journaling’s Top 10 Posts/Pages

Posted on May 28, 2012 | 0 comments

It is hard to believe that it has almost been a year that I have been on this Easy Journaling project, but it is true. The outpouring of support has been great and the stories of those of you who have been helped with your eJournaling motivate and inspire me to continue on this path.

I have to continually remind myself that those of you who either frequent this site or are new have probably missed some of the more important posts- many of which came out in the early months. I’ve tried to add a few of them to the side bar here and there because I realize that these posts are where readers want to end up, but I have still missed some. This line of thinking has prompted me to make a single post that will eventually find a permanent place here at Easy Journaling to help all of you find the most important content the quickest.

I’ve ranked these posts and pages not by which I think are the best or most interesting or even those that I think will generate the most revenue. Rather, I’ve simply sorted my posts by most hits and to make this list even more interesting, I’ve included how many (hits) each of these posts/pages have had, all time. Hopefully the fellow web masters among us will appreciate that. Also note that I understand my more recent posts may also be more popular but haven’t had the time to generate the hits as the early ones.

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Why I’m Switching To Penzu

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve just gone through a big change in my journaling life. If you will allow me, I want to tell you the reason why and hopefully this experience will help you as you attempt to either find a new or better eJournal or else improve the one you are currently keeping. Think of this as a case study of the most personal kind and as we know, case studies are often one of the best forms of education.

So without further adeau, why I am switching to Penzu, probably for good.

I have spoken glowingly about Wonderful Days on at least 3 occasions here at Easy Journaling. I fell in love with it when I first laid my hands on it and within months was trying it out as my primary personal journal. Not only was the interface beautiful and customizable, but it had Evernote integration and PDF export- perhaps my two most desirable features. I always knew that online journals have more features to offer, but I use my iPhone so much as my journal, a good smartphone experience was essential for me. I had used both LDSJournal and Penzu to some extent and loved many things about them, but the iPhone interface was so clunky that I opted for and took the chance with an application that was mostly stuck on the device.

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Penzu Pro Video Review

Posted on Dec 17, 2011 | 0 comments

I’ve spotlighted Penzu, listed it with the best online journals available and even reviewed the iPhone app. But as far as a real review of the features Penzu offers, I kept putting it off…

Until now.

Most people are aware of Penzu’s amazing free service, but there is also a paid service that offers a host of other features including multiple journals, customization and integration with smartphone applications. So that you can see what is on the other side of the $19 a year, I have made a video review of Penzu Pro. Enjoy!

Sign up for Penzu Pro here!

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Online Journal Spotlight: A Little Thing Called 750 Words

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 | 0 comments

An amazing way to eJournal is to do it online. Special software makes it possible to keep your journal completely with your browser (ie Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox…). Doing it in this way has several advantages including access from any computer with an internet connection, cloud backup and more features than most of us need. Popular examples include Penzu and LDS Journal, both of which I have mentioned before.

One of the most unique and noteworthy online journal is simply called 750 Words. Produced by statistically obsessed Buster Benson,750 Words not only allows users to keep daily entries for free, but tracks the progress in insanely creative ways. Your journal keeping is scored on account of how many words you write in the month and based around… wait for it… bowling. You also collect badges of various animal flavors as you succeed in your diarial adventure.

One thing I especially like about 750 Words is that it manages to integrate social features while still maintaining privacy. You can follow other journalers progress and statistics. In Benson’s own words:

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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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How To Handle EPIC Journal Entries

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 | 0 comments

If you have a goal to write in your journal somewhat consistently, you will run up against a universal journal law- not all entries are created equally. They can’t be. Some days are virtually event-less while others are life changing. How to you make sure that the birth of your first born doesn’t get lost between the day you got stuck in traffic (again) and the day you are frustrated with your failed diet?

Here are a few tips I have discovered that can help you with this occasional dilemma:

  • Make sure and use tags (or keywords) about the event. For example, if you graduated college you should make sure that ‘Graduate’ ‘UNC’ and ‘College’ are all in the entry. This way you can easily find the entry via the built in search function that your journal has because you listened when I told you it was important. Some journals even allow for specific tagging or hashtagging.
  • Include pictures where possible. If you just had your 40th birthday, include a few photos of the party or maybe of the present your spouse got you. Or, if you are bitter because everyone forgot, include a snapshot of the ramen noodles you prepared for yourself.
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Why Your Journal Is Better Than Facebook’s Timeline

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 | 0 comments

Have you heard about Facebook’s upcoming feature Timeline? Recently announced at Facebook’s own F8 conference, Timeline is a new feature that will be rolled out that will combine past and future posts, pictures, videos and other updates into a single, visual conglomerate. In their own words:

“Imagine if there was an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect all your best moments in a single place.

Photo Credit - John Young

Photo Credit – John Young

Introducing timeline – a new kind of profile

 With timeline, now you have a home for all the great stories you’ve already shared. They don’t just vanish as you add new stuff.

 Timeline is wider than your old profile, and it’s a lot more visual.  The first thing you’ll notice is the giant photo right at the top. This is your cover, and it’s completely up to you which of your photos you put here.

 As you scroll down past your cover, you’ll see your posts, photos and life events as they happened in time. You choose what’s featured on your timeline. You can star your favorites to double their size or hide things altogether.”

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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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Online Journal Spotlight: Penzu

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 | 0 comments

If you do a quick search for an online journal, chances are you will quickly come across Penzu, regardless of the search engine. Wildly popular among both its users and the critics, Penzu offers a private and secure online journal that is as easy as pen and paper.

If you haven’t heard of this journaling phenomenon, Alexander Mimran, Penzu’s founder and CEO was generous enough to spend some time answering a few questions for EasyJournaling and to help you get a better understanding. If you have more questions, check out their website, follow them on Twitter or email them (info (at) penzu (dot) com). If they are as responsive to you as they have been for me, you won’t be disappointed.

EJ: What is Penzu?

AM: Penzu is an online diary and personal journal that is focused on privacy. With a unique and compelling user experience, it makes writing online as easy and intuitive as writing on a pad of paper.

Penzu offers a secure place to store your thoughts and ideas in the cloud. Not only are entries password protected in an online account, but individual entries can be locked with military-grade encryption.

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