7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal

Feature Image2   7 Ways To Keep A Personal JournalJournaling is an exercise for the mind and it has several proven benefits, but it can also seem difficult to do. This is primarily due to the overwhelming feeling of having to journal – it shouldn’t be like that. Instead, it should be something you look forward to doing every day. It should be a task that inspires you for the day ahead and/or relieves you of the day you have just had.

Also, there’s no precise form to journaling – you should structure it how you want and to your own lifestyle. Perhaps you want to start the day off with it or maybe end the day with it or even both! How you organize your journal can vary too. The most important thing about journaling is to actually journal and be consistent if you’re going to do it. The methods of journaling that we’ll cover in this article will allow you to do all of these things.

Use A Word Processor Or Notepad Application

Let’s start simple. One of the easiest ways to start journaling now is with something you already have and we all have a word processor or notepad application.

Your local options

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To specify, I’m referring to the local applications on your computer and not web apps . When you think “word processor,” I can almost guarantee that Microsoft Word comes to mind, but there are several alternatives which are simpler and even free. Some free alternatives include LibreOffice (which we’ve also reviewed individually), OpenOffice, FreeOffice and Kingsoft Office Suite Free. To read more about them, take a look at the article 9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office.

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Notepad applications are also an excellent way to journal. Although very simplistic, when staring at a blank screen with no other distractions, you already feel compelled to write. You can use the default program that came with your system or check out any of the notepad alternatives we’ve written about.

For either of these, the idea would be that you use one file per day (or week or month). But be sure to keep them organized in some fashion. For more info on organization, see -  Creating Order From Chaos- 9 Great Ideas For Managing Your Computer Files. For an added benefit, sync your journal entries with a program like Dropbox or SugarSync so you can access and edit them from anywhere, even if you don’t have your computer with you.

Your options online

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There are a lot of web apps for journaling (we’ll explore those more in a bit), but this is specifically concerning online office suites. We know most of them already: Google Docs, Microsoft Web Apps, Zoho Office, etc. The purpose that these would have over your local options would be that it’s all online, so you can journal anywhere. Also, it’s about what works for you – if the web, specifically a certain service like Google Docs, is the primary place where you do most of your work, then that should be where you journal too. This is because you want to make it as easy to do it as possible.

Just before the “online office suites” section started it was mentioned that a workaround for accessing your local files was to use a cloud synchronization program. Google Docs and Microsoft Web Apps both have local programs that provide a similar effect: Google Drive and SkyDrive.

Organize Your Journal Entries With A Note App

The problem with word processors and notepad applications is that your journal entries (files) aren’t organized in the sense that the said program provides easy access to them via its interface. Instead, you have to navigate away from your “journal page” to look in a folder for previous entries that you’ve logged. This is where note applications, like Evernote or OneNote, come in handy. Both come in local applications, although Evernote is also known very well for its cloud-syncing and mobile capabilities. You should know, however, that OneNote also syncs to the cloud through SkyDrive and has both a web and mobile apps as well.

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However, Evernote and OneNote aren’t the only ones in this category. So if you’re looking at all your options look at the alternatives, specifically Evernote’s. Also, if you’re interested in a visual note app for your journaling, Springpad is an excellent option.

Set Up A Private Blog

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When we think “blogging,” we often think of something public, where the world can see everything about us – at least everything that we tell it about us. But blogs can also be made private. Often at times you can set it up with a password that any visitors must enter to be able to access what you’ve posted. But if you don’t want to share anything with anyone, that is fine too. In fact, that’s why it makes such a great method for journaling.

The blogging platforms which I feel are the best for this are WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, Blogger and Livescribe. If you already have a blog or website using one of these platforms, then just create another private blog on that same platform so you can have it all in one place.

Create A Private Twitter Account

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Usually, I wouldn’t recommend using social networking to journal. For those of you who’ve read other articles which cover any realm of social media might find the following phrase familiar:

Don’t post anything online that you wouldn’t shout into a megaphone on a crowded street corner.

And perhaps for that reason, online journaling shouldn’t be done. However, that advice is mostly for people who share too much and contribute to our social media annoyances.

All of that aside, Twitter is a great way to privately journal online. You obviously can only share entries of 140 characters, so it isn’t for everyone and it depends on your journaling style.

For more info on this, read the Twitter page about public and protected tweets and check out the MakeUseOf article 5 Ways To Use Twitter As An Online Private Diary.

Use A Web Service Specifically For Journaling

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There are several services out there that are great for journaling. What makes them so great is they cater to that precise use. There is something about using something that is only for that. It helps you separate everything else from that task, in this case journaling. We’ve shared about some ways to quickly and simply journal online. However, that article certainly doesn’t cover them all. Below is a list of three excellent services to try, along with a link to their MakeUseOf article:

In addition to those, there is one more service that isn’t technically a journal-specific service, but it can definitely be used for it (and I this is the closest category it falls into, to be honest). This service is iDoneThis, which is a tool to log your productivity and track your progress. However, don’t let that scare you away. If you just want something to type out what you did while you reflect on your day, this is an excellent tool for that.

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Having Trouble Focusing? Try A Distraction-Free Writing App

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If you’ve been in the boat where you seem to always struggle with getting distracted whenever you sit down to journal, perhaps you should consider a tool that is aimed at a distraction-free writing experience. We’ve covered several of these tools already in articles like Write In Peace With These Distraction-Free Editors where Saikat covered excellent tools like Q10, Ommwriter, WriteMonkey and FocusWriter, as well as others.

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If you prefer an online option, there are many to choose from, such as:

Lastly, another excellent distraction-free online tool is Writer, which I mentioned in the article 5 Web-Based Tools For Any Browser That Every Writer Should Use.

For more help on overcoming the distractions when writing, I’d like to refer you to following articles:

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Also, get away from people while writing and journaling. Nothing ever gets done whenever a pillow fight is on.

Last, But NEVER Least: Pen And Paper

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As much as society is pushing everything to go paperless, there is still a need for pen and paper occasionally. And journaling is a prime example of that. In the previous section we talked about distraction-free writing. Well… you can’t get more distraction-free than away from a computer altogether – in a quiet, cozy and dimly lit little corner somewhere. As much as we’d like to argue that technology has more benefits than not, one thing that is a fact is that it can be very distracting. And in this day and age we are reliant on it, which might not be a good thing if it is a weakness for you.

Nonetheless, if you need a break from the overwhelming number of bright-screened devices that you have, journaling with a pen and paper just might suffice and fill that gap.

Conclusion

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Journaling isn’t an easy task and I don’t want to make it out to be so. It requires purpose to consistently write every day. You might (or might not) be thinking “This guy sounds like an avid journaler.” But I’ll be honest, I’m not as consistent as I should be. So if you’re that type of person who’s had trouble – I can relate.

If you are an avid journaler, what method (or methods?) do you prefer? Have you found one is exceptionally better over the others? And if you aren’t an avid journaler, what do you feel would help you become one? Share your thoughts below!

For more info about journaling, be sure to check out the following MakeUseOf articles:

Image Credits: Wooden Tablet Notebook With Pages via Shutterstock, Notepad With Pen via Shutterstock, Notebook, Pen And Tablet via Shutterstock, Distracted Young Boy At Computer via Shutterstock, Happy Playful Students At Home And Smiling via Shutterstock

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Alex Downs

I love 750words, I’m on a 140 streak as of today. A journal is the beast way to describe it, plus I love the Wall of Awesome and the statistics it gives you.

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Tony Karakashian

My own preference is for Evernote simply because of the assortment of ways to get information into it. Using IFTTT.com, for example, I ca get all of my Facebook post, 4S checkins, etc all fed into it automatically.

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Ian Whiteley

Check out LifeNote – http://lifenote.it – much simpler than evernote and ideal for journals, bookmarks, notes and tasks – basically its like twitter for notes.

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Rick

Evernote might be more complex, but if you’re already using it, it makes perfect sense to also use it for journal purposes. Just create a new notebook and call it ‘journal.’ You can even set it as a local-only notebook if you don’t want any of it on the web. Open up Notepad, write your business, and drag and drop if you don’t want to use the native editor (that layout is pretty busy).

By using Evernote this way, you can add more than text (or not) and have your information instantly retrievable with a simple search. Also, Evernote is a rock-solid company. Some of these other upstarts may or may not be around in a few years.

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Tony Karakashian

It’s true that if all you’re doing is keeping a basic journal, then Evernote might be overkill for you. But, I use it for a lot more than just the journal. To continue on my previous comment, though, I only occasionally used Evernote prior to using it for a journal. The ability to have so many things automatically imported into the journal was the main selling point for me. At the end of each day, I simply go into my staging area (a notebook setup to catch all of the things that are automatically thrown in) and merge the notes together. I add a few words or expand on some things and I’m done.

Evernote might be more complex, but using it ends up being simpler than using something simpler.

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Chanaka Hettige

Or you could use Cozi [Cozi.com] which got a Journal, Calender, To-Do-Lists, Shopping lists and many more!

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Schvenn Meister

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Schvenn Meister

Fore a barebones alternative, you can use OhLife.com.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

I’m seriously considering the service. I like how it sounds-replying email is so natural and it feels like writing to your friends. However, it’d be much better if I can export my journal into PDF/EPUB with the exact same layout as the online version. Currently it’s just TXT, if I’m not mistaken?
Of course, they can open a printing service as their business model.

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Schvenn

Yes, plain text.

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Only Me

Of course if using notepad, it is one of the fastest methods of data entry. You may also like to consider auto date and time entry if using the text editor. Just pres F5 and it automatically enters it for you saving a little time and helping the flow.

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Aaron Couch

Very cool tip! Good to know. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for sharing!

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Andrew W

Similar to iDoneThis (which I use), I’d recommend Joe’s Goals (which I also use): http://joesgoals.com.

Joe’s Goals differs from iDoneThis in that it allows you to set up things you want to do every day as a checklist. Every check can have a log entry associated with it.

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Aaron Couch

Very cool Andrew! I’m going to look into that. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Mac Witty

I have used MacJournal for some years – have not seen any reason to change and I’m a bit lazy.

I think you are right about tools – it is like the answer “the one you have at hand” to question “what is the best camera” – so use something to get you writing every day. No, I do not reach the goal all the year around.

I think privacy/security also is important when it comes to apps and storing the content on your local disc or in the cloud for backup/syncing. I’m less “worried” of “international hackers” or government agencies than thieves and “Foes”. Also think of anything happen to me – do I want my relatives to read it? My answer is no.

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Caroline West

I’m a big worrier of writing my journal that is online or in the cloud for similar reasons that you wrote. I much prefer to use a distraction-free editor which allows me to either save an entry or delete it altogether. Using a blogging platform for instance, does worry me that ‘someone’ may get their hands on it so writing names, dates, details et cetera is a cause for worry. So I’m with you on that one.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Exactly why I prefer the traditional pen and paper approach. Besides, writing with good pen gives so much pleasure.

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Macwitty

I do not argue against you but one good thing with using computer, on or off line, is that we have seen more boys/men writing journals.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

You’re right. Without having to hide a notebook somewhere and praying no one ever find it, they relax more and focus on writing what’s important. It helps to encourage writing culture. Do you keep a journal?

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Macwitty

@Lisa Santika Onggrid Coud not reply ON your post below – why I write it here

But there was also something nice being a girl having a diary with small padlock :) Still have some of mine from my childhood.

Yes, I keep my journal. I do it in an encrypted folder where I store the documents not be read after me, ie the password is not saved so that relatives can find it.

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

You mentioned security. I remember reading that all tweets are automatically archived by Library of Congress. Do they spare private accounts? If not, it’s seriously the worst place to journal.

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Ron Lister

You are right Lisa. Here is the post from the Library of Congress’ own blog.
http://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2010/04/how-tweet-it-is-library-acquires-entire-twitter-archive/
All public tweets are archived in the Library of Congress and any one can research any “public” tweet ever posted and ever to be posted since Twitters inception in march 06. Not realy sure if the “private” tweets will be archived or if they will be accessable. Something to think about.

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Caroline West

Great article Aaron! I am a major journaller and used many of the types to do so that you mentioned. Finding a free software is not that easy if you want lots of categories so it never ever entered my mind to use free Evernote for that!

At the moment I use WriteMonkey to do my 750 words in the mornings. I’ve used 750Words.com too which has a nice writing environment. I like the distraction free editors very much.

Then for some areas of journalling that I do, I stick to the good old pen and paper. It’s nice to have options if you’re a keen journaller like myself.

Using a blogging platform set to private does concern me a little, I don’t know why but it does make me feel my journal blog won’t be 100% secure. I guess I feel a bit paranoid that the platform may know my private details and somehow my journal will get accidentally made public.

What I like about offline writers like WriteMonkey and Focus Writer is that you can save an entry to your own PC or delete the whole thing.

If I was ever to write a personal memoir which would need categories, now that I know, I will use Evernote.

I want to throw out a question: “How secure do you believe online journalling tools really are”?

Thanks again for a great Article! :-)

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

Online journalling tools are only as secure as your password. If you’re a renowned person, for example, and you tell people you use ‘site A’ to journal, there might be someone trying to hack your account. For we normal civilians, it’s safer, but you have to decide the truthworthiness of the service you use. Do they actually delete that journal when I press delete? Or are they trying to farm information from your journal?
That aside, I should ask you this: how do you motivate yourself to maintain your journals and write your thoughts down regularly?

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Aaron Couch

Caroline,

First off thank YOU for sharing your knowledge and experience of journaling in a thorough, well thought-out comment!

In many ways your question doesn’t just concern journaling, but all of these online services that we are using: social networks, cloud storage, etc.

Right now I’m reading the ebook “lol…OMG! What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying” (http://amzn.to/11Df8Bj) and in it the author talks about how young the Internet is still, yet we are treating it like it’s been around forever.

Because of this, we are running into problems. Many of us, like yourself, are starting to be concerned about what we put on the Internet.

So my answer to your question is… I don’t really have an idea. I don’t think anyone really does. We can speculate and guess the problems which could happen, but the Internet really hasn’t been around long enough for us to “figure it out” completely.

Sure, there are things we can do, like Lisa mentioned, with securing our password, but as you said, can/should we really trust these online journals for keeping our data safe? How do we know if they’re going to not use it to sell?

I guess one thing you can do is read their terms of service thoroughly. I’m not good about doing this and should more. I think far too often we just assume it’s safe and they mean no harm. And that’s probably true most of the time. But you never know.

I know that wasn’t a DIRECT answer to your question, but I hope it helps somewhat. Great conversation topic!

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Caroline West

Yeah, I agree with you – just how long will a service be around for. Even some Cloud storage comps longevity worry me.

Anyone with hacking capabilities could crack your password – even if it’s only a 0.01% chance of it happening, and the fact that we mere mortals aren’t in the public eye, still raises worries for me about the online site.

I agree with the author of the book you read; The Internet is still in its infancy and already we are reading news stories of countries pulling the plug on it, The US President having the authority (though denied) to shut it off completely. So if that is going on now, what will happen in 10, 20 years time – ‘Food for Thought’!

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

I’ve always wanted to keep daily journal to record my thoughts, but so far I can’t keep it more than a week due to lack of motivation. It’s like the words are clear in my mind but once I face the blank page, I’m struggling to force them out.
I think pen and paper suits me the best. I do all my writings digitally except for this, although now I’m considering services like OhLife and Penzu that can remind you to write via email. There’s a distinct sensation of seeing handwritten notes and smelling the ink-tangible testament of your memories.

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Aaron Couch

Discipline.

That’s what it is all about. I struggle with this too, so I’m not a hypocrite, but instead an experienced procrastinator.

I think you’re on the right track with talking to others who journal, like Caroline. But another tip to help you with your “blank page anxiety” is to not think about ALL that you have to write.

Instead, aim for writing ONE SENTENCE a day. That’s all. If you feel compelled to write more, but don’t pressure yourself.

Also, I stare at blank pages every day when writing for MakeUseOf. It’s a tough battle sometimes to think of an intriguing way to write an introduction because you want it to be engaging and catch the reader’s eye. With journaling though, YOU are the only person who is going to be reading them (which is fun to do and perhaps you could use that as a little motivation). You don’t have to worry about what others will think. So, just start! Start writing. The great thing about modern day is we don’t use ink and a feather or even a typewriter. We have pencils with erasers and keyboards with delete buttons, so there’s always changes you can make after writing the first draft.

One last tip, don’t edit what you’re going to write BEFORE you write it. This can really kill creativity. Instead, follow my advice about “just starting” and don’t think about what it sounds or looks like.

I hope this helps Lisa! Thanks for your comment!

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Jeannine Berube

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Jeannine Berube

From my experiences, I’ve found that once I get a first sentence on a page, the thoughts will begin to flow. The discipline is in the making of time to get started!
However, I also try to write as if I’m telling a story to a friend rather than just to myself so that details and feelings, thoughts, actions and reactions are clear. Written thoughts become purposeful, succinct, even…deliberate that way.

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Caroline West

Firstly, Big Apologies for a major late reply – I had big changes that came up.

And now in answer to your question. I’ve gotten myself into a routine. For ‘Morning Pages’ (750 words) it is kept as a non-edited flow like Aaron was talking about, you just have to start by writing absolutely anything that pops in your mind and not even think about correct spelling and grammar and keep writing, even if the sentence is “I don’t know what to write” will funnily enough, bring some new topic up – it really works.

Also I have bought a few diverse journalling books from the internet that are different in their own way so the boredom doesn’t set in. Having them around gives you a kick start from the journalling prompts inside.

Try as many books and sites to find the one’s style that suits you the most. Use Aaron’s links. Try 280Daily, 750words.com and check out Amazon for some jounalling books.

But you gotta just write! And don’t give up if you have missed a day either, I miss day’s when I am so busy but I try to not make too much of a big deal out of it (though sometimes I do). and then just pick it up again, It’s also practice.

For me, the motivation is there because I know how beneficial journalling is. That’s another thing you could do, is to read articles on the benefits of journalling and they will give you a deeper understanding of its benefits.

I hope this helps. And again, sorry for the late reply.

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Randy Menard

Started years ago with Franklin Planner. Finally have switched to Google Calendar.

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Aaron Couch

Randy,

You use Google Calendar for journaling? I’m just curious, how do you use it in that way? Thanks for the comment!

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Randy Menard

Aaron:
I use the description box in events for details on that particular event. I use the note portion of a task for details there. If something is special or of significance, I add an additional event to record details.

Hope this helps.

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Jeannine Berube

I’ve been a “traditional” journal writer for years (pen and paper/book). Any suggestions where to actually start on techno journal writing? I’m distracted (LOL) by all of the options! I’m thinking of portability because some of my best thoughts happen when away from the computer…

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Aaron Couch

Jeannine,

I know exactly what you mean. Do you use Evernote? That is a great option because even if you don’t have a smartphone you can use it.

There is a personal email that you get when you create an account. Simply add that into your phone’s contacts and whenever you get an idea, send a text to that email (no Internet required).

Let me know if this helps. Thanks for your comment!

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Jeannine

Thanks Aaron, for the tip.
No, I’ve not used Evernote before. I’ve thought of it, but something always seemed to stop me. So, I actually went journal searching on the app store and found one called myPath. It was unique, in that I can write, take pictures, create audio files, pinpoint my location and even import photos, all PRIVATELY (only drawback is must have wifi). It’s kind of fun, and different than just the more traditional writing.
I will give Evernote another look though. And thanks for the reply. In the meantime, try myPath and let me know what you think…. :o)

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Vampie C.

Hi Jeannine,

I found good info on this site: http://www.easyjournaling.com/

Just look around, there are articles for Android and for iOS.

I ‘ve personally use penzu.com but switched to http://www.diaroapp.com/ recently.
It syncs with dropbox. :-)

GL on the search.

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Kylee Kanavas

Maybe i should start doing this.

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Aaron Couch

Maaaayyybe you should ;)

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Russ Knopp

Evernote has an iPad app (Evernote Journal) that makes journaling fun and easy for iPad users. Entries are saved in Evernote as user chooses periodically or at the end of the day. Great way to journal!

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Aaron Couch

Russ,

I agree. I wish I had an iPad so that I could have covered that more in this article. Thanks for your input though. I sure hope that iPad owners who are interested in journaling do take a look at Evernote Journal.

Thanks for reading and for your input!

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Rubis Song

Thank you for this article Aaron. I have always used a pen and a paper to write down my journal and only recently switched to a tablet since i bought my blackberry playbook. I have received good advices from you.

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Aaron Couch

Rubis,

I’m glad it helped! How do you like the transition between pen and paper and tablet so far? Any challenges which you’ve encountered?

Thanks for reading!

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CB

Interesting article. You left out the best though. Quicknote http://www.quicknote.de/

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Aaron Couch

CB,

Thanks for the suggestion! Quicknote does seem a tad bit dated, but that doesn’t mean it lacks features or usability. I also noticed that the website does seem updated as there was a “Copyright 2012″ at the bottom, so that’s a good sign that Quicknote is still being developed, which was what my worry was.

Hopefully some will benefit from your suggestion.

Thanks for reading!

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aggie

I have been using Notability on my ipad and I love it because it lets you organize your journal entries but even better, you can also handwrite your entries. I use the Jot and it’s wonderful. Smooth even writing, drawing if you like… just LOVE IT!

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Joann

Evernote for me. One note per day, in a folder only for my journal. One huge plus is that you can include other sorts of file types, such as a photograph or two, a video or audio recording, or a scan of some memorabilia.

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Aaron Couch

Sounds like a great system, Joann! Thanks for sharing!

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Lynne

750words works great for me. It’s got a great distraction-free interface, cool metadata, can easily be saved and searched.

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Tom

no mention of encryption??

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Ron Ruth

For local use suggest iDailyDiary – free.

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Aaron Couch

Ron,

Thanks for the suggestion! iDailyDiary seems like an excellent tool as well.

Thanks for reading!

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Ms Hanson

Libre Office is so awesome that when I swapped the old one for a new SSD hard drive, I didn’t bother to reinstall MS Office. I’m 6 months in, and couldn’t be happier. 5 Stars, 2 Thumbs Up.

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Rj

ohlife.com

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Ken Harthun

I have kept journals and diaries in various forms for years since the early 1980′s (Yes, I’m an old Geek). Your article was a good one and had some good suggestions, but I would NEVER consider keeping an electronic journal. I have always, and will continue as long as I am alive, kept my journals in bound books, using my own handwriting and my my 30+ year old Cross brand fountain pen as the writing instrument.

Consider this: an electronic journal can be hacked and altered, regardless of its form, unless it is encrypted and digitally signed; and, the author can be lax in sequencing and file naming, etc. I guess you could forge my handwriting and add pages in a brand new journal, but my bound book has a definite sequence and you would have a hard time duplicating my handwriting exactly.

In my opinion, the best way to keep a journal is to write it in your own hand. And if your handwriting isn’t legible, well, mine wasn’t at one time either, so I fixed that problem.

One of my greatest joys is writing in my journals and desk diaries using my favorite pens. I suggest you discover the joy of penmanship, too.

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Aaron Couch

Ken,

Excellent comment and thank you for your insight on this! I think you’re an inspiration to many journalers out there and I hope that some have/will become inspired by you.

I would have to agree that the best way to journal IS with a pen and paper… specifically the way you do with bound notebooks and a Cross fountain pen :P

Thanks for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts!

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Ken Harthun

Aaron,

Thank you for your reply, and I do hope that some journalers get inspiration from my comments. I fear that handwriting is going away (at least cursive longhand) in this digital society. It is my sincere hope that the new digirati (invented word) at least preserve digital versions of calligraphic art. Still, nothing can replace a beautiful, manually produced cursive.

And FWIW, any pen, pencil, charcoal stick, crayon, whatever is perfect for journaling as long as you love writing with it.

Ken

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Ross

Here is one that has been around since 1996. Not a freeby but feature rich:

http://www.davidrm.com/

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Aaron Couch

Ross,

Thanks for this suggestion. It is unfortunate that it’s not free, but I really like the idea of providing discounts for all sorts of people. I was pretty surprised to see a few of them on there. So it’s actually quite intriguing from that standpoint.

Thanks for reading.

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Peri Allen

Love this information i am really into journal and this helps a lot now I have other ways to journal till my hearts content.

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Guy McDowell

This Aaron Couch kid is going to make waves. Just watch. He writes more thoughtfully than writers twice his age. Very fluid learner as well.

Keep it up Aaron. Good job.

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Aaron Couch

Ha! Guy, you just made my day! Thank you for that! I like your work a lot too, just so you know.

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Gerhard Tinned

What about MacJournal … better then a Notepad Application!!