I’ve been looking for a way to store ideas. I’ve had notebooks of different sizes over the years and filled them with articles and stuff. Great, except that most of the stuff I want to save is now digital. And though it is fascinating and inspiring to browse through my old notebooks, they are not searchable.
I’ve tried EverNote, but that was very uninspiring. And it was not meant for adding lengths of writing.
Over time I realized that what I needed was a diary. Just like I used to carry a notebook around in previous years. I found Penzu.
At once I realized if I was about to use this service, I needed the pro-version. I needed the option to change background, paper and font, and tagging not to forget; anything else was out of the question. Pro costs $19 for a year.
There is a free version and if you don't mind about the looks and just need a place to write, it works just fine.
The first thing I did was writing an entry reminding myself that I should not use this diary to whine about things. I don’t believe in writing about sad things and when I’m angry. Some people say that by writing they get it out of their bodies. I can’t speak for anybody else but me, but I don’t work that way. What I write stays with me. What I don’t, might in time, leave me. And honestly, isn’t it better to remember the good stuff?
So, now I keep a diary, writing every day, so far; sometimes even more than once. Articles are either PrintScreened and uploaded or linked to (depending on the likelihood that the link will work in the future). If something bad happens, I write about it as a fact, but not dwell on it and certainly not drown it with sorrowful and whining emotions.
Writing every day I think is good, even if it is not on a script. Sometimes I feel a hard time to keep going on the current project, and this just gets worse every day I don’t write. Sometimes I feel I don’t have the time. Writing in the diary is quick and blessedly lacking pressure for quality.
The only thing missing is the option to draw right on the page. Like my garden diary could never fit as a Penzu journal, because I do a lot of drawings (rough plan sketches of what is planted where), and then I would need to scan those and upload them and it becomes too much trouble.
I have not yet tried to use my smartphone for this. Maybe it is possible to take a photo and add it to a new journal entry and then write about it later? I don’t know. Might be useful.