Journey Digital Journal [A Review]

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.

journey digital journal - screenshot - Deborah Observes

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.

Click here to view the specifics of Journey brand digital journal on Google Play.



An Introvert Celebrates Texting

The texting culture– where people expect that you will send a text message via your cell phone instead of the usual phone call with your voice or video call- has been a big boon to introverts.

Some introverts tend to feel rushed or drained by face-to-face or voice-to-voice encounters, especially if you catch us when our social quota is depleted for the day. The 24/7 connected-ness that cell phones and the internet have brought throughout society could have proved to be the worse thing that happened to us this century.

However, a texting culture allows for our way of life as introverts. With texting, you have time to think through your response before sending it. You can respond an hour later, if you like. You don’t have to come up with something witty or clever right now, as you do on the phone or in face-to-face encounters. If you’re drained from being around people all day, you can rest and then text. You don’t have to make a decision right away.

You have time to ponder.

You have time to breathe.

You have time to just… be.

And the thrill of it all is that this is now the NORM, people! The NORM! Not only introverts are doing it. Today, it’s almost weird to call someone – whether introverted or not- when you just wanted to send a smiley face emoji.  Do you realize how exciting that is?

[Side note: Texting also gives you a visual record of the communication, which makes my inner historian shriek with joy. I have now started to print out some especially memorable texts and affix them to journals.]

People might rail against the downfall of humanity, that we’re not calling like we would have in the 20th century. And maybe they are right, in some respects. But really we are doing what our ancestors did – sending letters or homing pigeons- only faster and with more of a likelihood that the message will arrive at the destination.

For once, introverts are not the odd ones who wish to write out a response instead of talk. We have it so good right now. Savor this moment!


Deborah the Introvert