Give a Kick to Your Writing with these Tech savvy Online Journaling Tools
Journaling is one of the most underrated activities in today’s world. I personally believe that journaling is a powerful personal development tools that we have and it does not just help us to process our experiences and emotions but also helps us to keep a day-to-day record of our lives.
I know what a lot of you are thinking right now. You all are tech-junkies and an activity that is known to be limited to pen and paper may not hold up a lot of interest for you. Well, let me be the carrier of good news – the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.
Celebrate and rejoice and at the same time call out to your inner writer and get ready to journal in a tech savvy manner. Now I know that you people are still novices in the world of online journaling and that is why I will help you and make this journey a lot easier for you.
Here is a list of five journaling tools that are going to help you journal in the most tech-friendly manner possible.
This is one of the best online journaling tools available on the web. Ohlife is structured and created to make the online journaling as easy as possible for users. Moreover, you can sign up for free. Once you create your account and sign up to this website, Ohlife will send you an email each day asking, “How did your day go?” – sounds like a close friend, right? Now the ball is in your court. How you reply depends on you. You can either email with as little detail as possible or make it as long as you want. Your response will be saved into your account and all ready for you to see, next time you log in.
Ohlife is simple – no social sharing, no stats, no complicated organisational systems. This is a site simply designed to give you your own private space online.
Created by Buster Benson, 750 words is another free online journaling tool that is based on the idea of ‘Morning pages’ – another journaling tool suggested by Julia Cameron in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. According to Cameron’s idea, an aspiring creative writer should start each day with a three page stream-of-consciousness writing. This helps in clearing away any mental clutter the writer feels and leaves him with a clearer mind for the day.
Now 750 words, is an online journaling tool with a three page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page). 750 Words allows you to store all your journaling online. Every morning you get an alert, prompting you to write your 750 words. The site keeps tabs on statistics that are associated with your entries. The tool uses Regressive Imagery Dictionary that checks out the emotional content from your write-ups and also provides you with feedbacks depending upon the usage of the words and your mood.
Another fun online tool, OneWord is like playing a game. It provides you with a single word as a prompt and then gives you sixty second to write about it. The main concept of OneWord is to help creative people learn how to go with the flow. The prompts can range from the most mundane to extremely profound.
However, before you sign in for this fun tool, you need to remember that this is not a private journaling tool and once you sign up all your answers will be published on the daily blog of the site. This space has a stream of users reply and it can also be used by OneWord in the future. However, if you want to keep your replies to yourself, you can use the tool without giving away any personal details.
Now Evernote is not a tool that was built with journaling as its main function. However, its specific features make it an ideal option to keep your journaling notes in one safe place. This tool will appeal to those of you who want more formats than simple text in their written entries. With Evernote you can tag your entries, keep separate ‘notebooks’ and also include audio, pictures and web clippings.
Evernote is available as a stand-alone desktop app and also online within a web browser. This app is also available to you with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available.
If you need to add on more features like text recognition and the ability to collaborate on notebooks, an upgrade to Evernote’s premium service is available at the cost of $5 per month.
This is another journaling tool that allows users to save their journaling notes online. This is one service that also provides mobile apps for Android, Blackberry and IOS which in turn allow writers to journal while they are on the go and also save the notes to their accounts. The basic service for Penzu is free. But you can get access to Penzu Pro and additional features for $19 per year.