5 Useful Sites For Journal Writing Ideas And Techniques

Bakari Chavanu 16-05-2012

journal writing ideasJournal writing has a strong tradition of not only helping writers improve their writing skills, but the process of writing your thoughts, worries, and challenges can also be useful.


We have written about several online and computer software for maintaining a journal or diary, but if you’re stuck for ideas or wondering about the purpose of journaling, several online sites by experienced journalers might be of help.


Though the Easy Journaling blogsite has low cost ebook and audiobook material for salel, Sam, the developer of the site, also provides a plethora of free materials for getting started with mainly e-journal writing.

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His “Where Do I Start?” section includes answers to questions about getting motivated to write, how to tag your e-journal entries, and how to improve your journal writing along the way.

The site also has reviews of the top iPhone, and Android journal apps, including My Secret Diary, Day One, and Memories: the Diary.


Sam has been a lifelong journal writer who thinks that recording one’s history is a useful tool for busy professionals, parents and children, as well as students. His article on 37 Reasons to Penzu Pro is also useful to check out.

Writing Through Life

Writing Through Life is more about traditional journal writing – that of using journal writing as a form of memoir and story telling. The developer of the site, Amber Lea Starfire, offers one-on-one mentoring and editing services.

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She also produces a free weekly e-zine of journaling topics, writing prompts, tips for renewing or starting a regular writing practice, and she suggest ways to mine your journal for writing your life stories. Her weekly prompts for exploring various facets of your life through writing is a good place to start with her site.


Art Journaling

You may or may not know it, but journaling is not limited to pen and paper, or a digital text editor. You can also express your thoughts and experiences through art. If you’ve never seen or done art journaling, one site to begin with is Artists Journals.

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This site features a few examples, how-to techniques, and suggested resources for creating and maintaining an illustrated diary or journal.

1000 Journals Project

Though it’s a not a site with tips and journal prompts, you definitely owe it yourself to check out The 1000 Journals Project, which features photo captures of journals exploring all types of content, from family and friendships, to politics and world events.


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The project site is based on a physical exhibition of personal journals and journals created in classrooms and adult learning centers.

A similar site called 1001 Journals is set up for you to pass along your journal in one of three ways: through the mail to a list of people who sign up to participate, by leaving your journal in public location, such as a café or bookstore so that someone else may pick it up, or you can scan your journal and post it on the site.

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If you’re in need of some immediate inspiration for journal writing, you might check out Mari L. McCarthy’s site Create Write Now, which among other tips and articles features over 150 journaling prompts.

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McCarthy is a therapy specialist and coach, who has published a few ebooks on the subject of therapeutic writing. Her site also features a collection of personal journal stories of self-discovery, in both written and video format, from readers of her site.

There are several other useful journal sites on the net. Let us know which one’s you visit a lot for inspiration.

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  1. Saikat Basu
    May 17, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I use OhLife []. The good thing about it is that it reminds me what exactly I wrote about a week ago, a month ago. So it helps me re-focus on my priorities if I have been sidetracked.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Yep, I like OhLife as well. I'm not sure if they have a mobile client for it, but if not they could use one. I like that you can add photos to OhLife.

  2. Sam
    May 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for the feature, Bakari!

    I kept a handwritten journal for years and loved it but saw a whole new world when first started keeping one online. Now that I use both my computer and smartphone to keep my journal, I have found so many new ways to enrich my entries.

    I am always seeing more journalers and diarists keep more of their words digitally for a host of reasons. The best part about it is that if you have an iPad or other tablet and a decent stylus, you can keep a handwritten journal... digitally!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Sam, I'm the same as you when it comes to digital journals. Sadly, I use four different ones just because there some feature I really like, and because I like the designs of nearly all the apps.

  3. Tonya Schulte
    May 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    This is a great list and some great folks behind these sites! I agree with Brian that good old pen and paper are the best. Personally I believe that the benefits of writing in your journal by hand are many and varied and greatly outweigh any time savings of any other method.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Yep, I've read that actually writing with pen or paper is sort of different thinking process than typing. But it doesn't feel that different for me. I use Day One app for the Mac because it allows me to write a quick entry using the text box in my menu bar. I can write about my day, and simply get back to work without the hassle of opening the app or pulling out pen and paper. Plus, the journal is password protected, so I can really just go off about my day and not have to worry about my family prying into my written thoughts.

      Thanks for your feedback. Appreciate it.

  4. Brian
    May 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Nice list, but I still prefer just good old pen and paper.

    I've fell in love with the art of long hand cursive again, which I highly recommend.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      May 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      It's the opposite for me. My handwriting has never that good anyway, and it's gotten worse since I started typing more. I can hardly bare to look back at my old pen and paper journals.

      But thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.