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Keeping a journal has a number of benefits: it helps you keep track of events in your life, put down your thoughts and feelings and provides an opportunity to practice your writing. It also encourages introspection and helps you understand who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, and lets you learn from it all to improve yourself.

However, most people have trouble maintaining a diary over a long period of time – since a diary is designed for an audience of one, it’s pretty easy to forget about your commitment to writing. Similarly, you might have trouble finding time to actually read past entries. OhLife attempts to solve that problem by making it dead simple to write a diary and to read it as well.


I’m not sure if it’s a growing trend or not but I’m more frequently hearing about people keeping digital journals (or diaries) and how therapeutic it is. I’m a pretty big fan of Penzu (our review: A Private Web: Digital Journal with Penzu), especially with the new mobile apps (our review: Penzu Goes HTML5 Mobile). I’ve never really been one to keep a journal though, so I’ve never actually tried to keep one whether paper or digital.

From the number of people I’m hearing via Twitter saying it’s relaxing and therapeutic, I may just give it a shot. One reason a paper journal never appealed to me is the security risk. Okay, well, siblings reading your journal isn’t exactly a “security risk” but it’s all perspective right? Thanks to today’s web apps, however, we can all rest well knowing our digitally recorded thoughts via apps like Penzu and OhLife are quite safe from prying eyes.

Do you keep a private journal/diary? If so, what app(s) do you use and how does it benefit you? If you don’t, why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts on digital journaling so leave a comment below. Thanks!

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