Inspired by the founder of National Journal Writing Month, Bakari Chavanu, who talks about his enjoyment of digital journal writing, this month I journaled using an app on my phone.
I used the Journey® brand of digital journal, which is for Android.
You type as you would a memo. (In fact, Journey resembles the Memo Pad which comes automatically with your Samsung, but with a more aesthetically-pleasing interface.)
You insert video, photos, stickers, etc., should you prefer to do so. I did not find an audio feature (other than whatever audio is on your video); I’m surprised since even Memo Pad allows for voice-only attachments to your entry.
There are other features which you access with an upgrade, however, there are plenty features in the free version to keep a simple digital journal.
Journey automatically dates the entry; the date and time remain even if you update. There is an option to change the date and time manually. (So that’s one up on the Memo Pad, which automatically updates your date and time when you change an entry and you cannot alter it.) When you start a fresh entry but use an old image, Journey asks whether you want to change the date from the current date to the date on the image.
To read the next journal entry on Journey, you can easily click the arrow at the bottom of your journal post (or use the timeline feature to have a big picture glimpse of your little essays). Journey, of course, comes with standard tag features and the ability to search. These features spark the feeling of creating a personal mini blog.
Journey is great for those moments when you do not have your paper journal with you, or when you need to add text to that image you have just taken so that you do not forget details of an event.
It’s a serviceable journal app to capture moments, but not so great for lengthy, soul-searching, life-altering journaling. For me, Journey would supplement my main journal writing, but not replace it.
I prefer the intimacy of a hand-written, paper journal; I’m accustomed to it. However, Journey’s ability to allow you to search for specific entries and categorize by tags is selling me on digital journal writing in general.
Ultimately, Journey is a less-clunky, journal-dedicated version of Memo Pad.
Journey digital journal might be for you if…
…you like an intuitive, streamlined, user-friendly app for journal writing.
…you need a journal app that can be used with a desktop or laptop keyboard.
…you need an Android app to capture moments while you are out and about.
…you would like to store journal entries on Google Drive.
Journey digital journal might NOT be for you if…
… you prefer to use your iPhone for journal writing. Journey is currently only for Android users.
…you prefer to journal exclusively on paper. (However, there is an option to export as a WORD document or a PDF, among other formats, should you prefer to print it off into paper form.)
… you already use Memo Pad for digital journaling and are ok with not be able to sync the text to other devices.