Journaling and keeping diaries as well as blogging are more popular than ever as people share their lives with others. If you want to keep a video diary instead of just a written one, here are some apps and websites you may wish to explore.
1. Day One
Day One (iOS, Android) lets you record a journal using pictures, voice recordings, videos and text. Its diary organization is one of the best out there, giving it a friendly, personal look that makes it feel like your private digital space (which of course it is).
You can set up prompts to remind you to write into it every day, and there are plenty of features that make it a joy to look back on your old entries, such as “On This Day”, which shows you things you wrote on a given day in previous years.
You can put as many entries into as you want in the free version, while the paid premium version gives you unlimited cloud storage, syncing between different Day One apps and customer support.
2. 1 Second Everyday
Starting with the left field of video diaries, we’re kicking this list off with 1 Second Everyday (iOS, Android). Instead of just taking regular-length videos, in 1SE you take a mere one-second clip every day, and stitch it together into a breezy slideshow essentially documenting a big old chunk of your life.
The Kickstarter-funded app has its own in-built editing suite, so you can spruce up your clips however much you like. You can get off to a running start as well, as the app can use your existing videos to fill in past dates on your 1SE calendar.
There’s something serene about this style of documenting your life via such short clips. The way it manages your videos makes it very low-maintenance, and a great way of amalgamating your precious moments into a stunning continuum.
LiveJournal is for private journaling or for sharing your writing within the LiveJournal community. It combines blogging with social networking, so people have the option to share their content with other similarly-minded people.
To use the video journaling component, you have to create the video and then upload it to the site. There is no built-in feature to capture video from the app.
Some of the features of LiveJournal include uploading photos and videos, creating polls, and the ability to work offline. Because it offers a vast, active community to share with, you can read others’ posts and comment on them.
You can use LiveJournal online and mobile for free with limited features. If you want more images and no ads, subscribe to one of three plans.
- Annual: $25 for one year
- Semi-annual: $15 for six months
- Monthly: $5 for one month
The app is not the easiest to navigate but has many good features if you can find them.
Journey app for journaling has a simple way to add video entries to your diary: Record them directly inside the mobile app. The desktop version records video as well, but recording video is not available on Journey Cloud. If you need the ability to record from an off-line desktop app, you will need to purchase the Premium add-on for a $4.99 one0time fee or the Cloud add-on for $2.99 a month.
The Journey app is a Google’s Choice app, probably because of the number of features it offers. For example, entries sync with Google Drive so you can access them anywhere. The app gives options to upload multiple images, other videos, and panoramas, to tag your entries to locate them later, and the ability to download them as PDFs or Word docs to print them.
Happy journalling! If you’re looking for more communal online activities, check out how to watch videos online with friends in real-time, or if you want to dig deeper into your phone then look to our list of best Android hacking apps.
This article is updated in March 2020.