Not Into Blogging? Try Keeping An Online Journal With Penzu

20May08

Penzu is a great tool for anyone who really likes to write, but doesn’t necessarily want to blog about their romantic vacation with the entire world.  It gives you a way to keep an online journal that actually resembles a journal, right down to a plain white piece of paper.  Each entry has its own page and you can easily go back and make changes or delete them.  You can add photos to your entries, although placement of the photos needs a little work.  Another great feature is that you can share your journal entries right from Penzu.  Just click “share” on the current entry you want to share and enter in an email address.  You can choose to show your name or remain anonymous.

I know what you’re thinking, why wouldn’t you just create a blog and choose to keep the entries private?  Well, for one thing, that requires a lot more work than just typing on a blank piece of paper, which is really what a journal should be about.  With Penzu, all you need to deal with are your thoughts and getting them down while they’re still in your head.

As of now, Penzu is missing some features like being able to share entries with multiple email addresses and the ability to arrange your photos freely on a journal entry.  A couple of links on the site say “coming soon” so I can only assume that Penzu will have more to offer in the future.  Here’s my screencast tour of Penzu:

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2 Responses to “Not Into Blogging? Try Keeping An Online Journal With Penzu”

  1. Thanks for sharing Penzu, Molly. You have a sharp eye for applications with good potential. This is one that could be useful in countless ways. –Paul

    PS You continue to re-enforce my contention that you have a talent for teaching. I enjoy being a learner in the classroom called DemoGirl.com. Your multi-modal approach works well for me.

    PPS Have you ever checked out the Firefox Add-on from Answers.com? There probably isn’t enough there for a screencast, but I think it’s a very helpful application. That’s because I frequently need to check and see if a big word I’ve used (like “contention”) really means what I thought it meant.

  2. Wow, Paul, that is probably one of the nicest comments anyone has ever left on DemoGirl. (Not to offend anyone else I’ve said that to 🙂 ) I’m so glad you see the potential in Penzu as I do. It seemed like such a simple application to share here, but one that could be very useful to someone that just wants a clean and simple place to jot down their thoughts. As for the Answers.com Firefox Add-on, I actually covered a previous version in a screencast here: http://demogirl.com/2007/06/29/267/, but thank you so much for reminding me about it!



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