Let’s face it, we all have a lot going on in our day, so remembering to journal every day may not be at the top of our list. But if you want to make sure you stay on track with your JRNL’ing efforts, it is much easier when you take advantage of our Email Reminders. Users can set up a daily or every-other-day email reminder to help with personal accountability.

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Life moves Fast, write it down.

We know that journaling has many benefits. Depending on your goals, you may choose to write daily or weekly. But warning…the wider the gap between entries, the less likely it is that you’re developing the habit of writing in your journal. You can get the most value out of journal writing when you do it every day. (And for extra motivation, you get closer to having enough content to print your journal book!)

That sounds like a lot of work.

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JRNL is pleased to announce their newest feature: Share Extensions. Share Extensions works in conjunction with the iOS app, and allows users to create quick journal entries, seamlessly. To utilize this feature, users must download the latest version of the iOS app, found in the app store, here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jrnl.com/id1036338627?mt=8

To create an entry through share extensions, you will need to open your camera roll, press select in the upper right hand corner, and choose which photos to include in your entry. Once you’ve selected which photos you want to share to your JRNL, press the share icon.

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Collection of content from third-party sources is important to JRNL. So is the ability to curate that content and determine what is actually meaningful. Our first release of Social Importing is tied to Instagram. It is our first iteration and it will be getting better in the near future. To learn how you can include your Instagram photos/content into your JRNL, watch the video below.

JRNL believes in helping users build momentum in their journaling behaviors by allowing them to use the tools they use every day to capture meaningful content. Our goal is to make it easier for you to collect content in a seamless way. User feedback told us that being able to include photo attachments, and choose which journal your email appeared in would make this feature better. You asked, we listened. Our Email to JRNL feature now allows you to easily add entries to your journal(s), including photo attachments.

Our Email to JRNL feature can be found under Settings. To access Settings, click on the dropdown arrow next to your name in the upper right hand corner of your screen.


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Demo Day! Everyone in this photo crushed it! So proud of you guys. (Note: Not pictured was Clancy Marshall from Cleverywhere.)

Boomstartup is over! Memories of Demo Day are almost two weeks old. (Good thing I JRNL’d it.) I can’t remember the last time I was involved with something that seemed to last so long and equally went by so quickly (maybe high school?). Keep Reading


Every person who journals, has their own reasons for how and why they keep their journal the way they do. To be honest, I didn’t start keeping a traditional journal until I started working for JRNL.com. I journaled in other, more non-traditional, ways: Facebook, writing a column for my father’s newspaper, blogging, but I didn’t keep a true journal.

Once I started journaling, I found that I really enjoyed cataloguing my life and the adventures that come with being married to your high school sweetheart and sharing three children together. But in late 2015, my motivation for journaling changed.

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As a kid, I heard about journaling but wasn’t interested. As a teen I considered that journaling might be a good thing to do, but it still didn’t click for me; I tried and failed a few times and then just gave up.

Somewhere in my early 20s, something clicked. Now, journaling is a part of my daily life and those who know me are aware that I’m kind of obsessed with it. To those of you who want to journal but struggle, I’d like to share a few key principles and patterns that I have found helpful.

Find Your Motivation

Arggh! Yes, I used that word, but this is 100% the problem, it’s the thing you have to solve but stay with me here, it doesn’t have to be as painful as you think.


A great source of motivation that still fuels me to this day started with the Civil War journal of my great, great, great grandfather. As far as I know, nobody else in my family ever kept a journal, but this guy did. He not only kept a journal, he published several copies and passed them around to the whole family. It’s not that long, you can read it in about an hour, but for me it’s like a time machine.

Sure, any history book can take you back, but there’s something a little different when it’s your own flesh and blood Keep Reading

Credit: Zootopia

Credit: Zootopia

We’re coming down the wire at BoomStartup and I wanted to address the elephant in the room: FUNDING

As we get closer to Demo Day, the pressure is on for every Cohort to secure capital. It’s a difficult task as you work to complete deliverables in the program, prepare your pitches, run your company and still do the dance with investors. It’s all a day in the life of an entrepreneur, so no big deal. Of course, Keep Reading


One of my favorite things about JRNL are the wallpapers. As corny as it sounds, the appearance of writing in a bamboo forest can help take a little of the edge off a stressful day. I usually keep a particular wallpaper for a while until I grow bored with it, or maybe the season changes (I had beach scenes all during winter). I also like the added bit of personality it brings to JRNL, it’s just a little way to help such a personal tool feel a little more “mine.”

How to change your wallpaper

Just go to your settings section and click on Keep Reading

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