Most people live with their cell phones by their side 24/7/365 these days. I don’t. I still love pen and paper and I hate being tied to a gadget, but since so many people do love their phones, I wanted to add a post about journaling and diary apps because it might be a logical way to keep a journal if pen and paper seem just too clunky. There are several that will also work with laptops as well. The main problem is privacy online, and how much memory they take up on your device.


Penzu promises you can write from any device and that it has military-grade security so that everything you upload will be safe. It offers different formats, is customizable in terms of appearance, and is fully searchable by text and tags.


The DayOne Journal app is for iOS only but offers a range of suggestions and templates for how to use it to organize your life and work on the goals you set. It is location-aware, so you can add photos and more.


The RedNotebook app is free and will remind you of a wiki. It has a calendar, photos and more. It can be used on any device, Window, iOS and Linux.

OneNote or Evernote

You can use these handy tools and just encrypt the files so they don’t get hacked. Store them in the cloud at a place like Dropbox so you can edit them any time you wish.


Blogging, or weB logging, is very similar to journaling if you are writing about things from your own point of view, and want to share your thoughts with a wider audience. This would not, of course, be the place to write down the most intimate details about your life, in case they get hacked, but a lot of people learn by writing, and the research they do that goes into each blog post.

WordPress is the most popular blogging software in the world and is free. If you get your own URL through a company like and have it hosted at a company like Hostgator, which works with Namecheap, you can upload WordPress with just a few clicks and start blogging.

Blog entries, or posts, can be public, private, or passworded, so not everything you write needs to be visible. Blogging can help you stay organized, as you put your most important content online all in one place. WordPress also has the advantage of offering thousands of plugins, that is, small mini-programs, which can help you stay organized.

Editorial Calendar, for example, will help you keep track of all your postings. When combined with the blog scheduling feature, you can write something every day and publish it at a future date, if you wish, so your blog will always be fresh, up to date and interesting.

Blogs can also make you money. Place ads on your blog, such as through the Google AdSense program, and/or become an affiliate marketer, such as at Amazon, and earn commission for every item sold through your specially coded links.

Blogging is fun, addictive, and will always make you a better writer.

Now that you’ve learned about journaling and the different forms that it can take, you might be eager to start. Or, you might be dreading it because you’ve never liked writing. The good news is that there are options for you as well.


All the best,

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I’m an Imperfect Christian, Musician’s Wife, Mom, Nana, Friend and Encourager. I work on this site for my own growth and benefit, probably more so than I do for others, but I pray that what I’m learning and sharing will help others in their personal development and journaling adventures.

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