Many of us remember how fun (not to mention therapeutic) it was to pour our innermost thoughts into a pen-and-paper diary, but how many of us take the time to keep a personal journal today?
As you no doubt take your mobile everywhere you go, a diary app for your iPhone means you can get scribbling whenever you have a spare five minutes, be that waiting in line, on your commute or before bed.
We’ve found five fantastic iPhone journals that will give you a digital outlet for your thoughts, but with some diary-themed twists. Let us know in the comments if these apps inspire you to start a fresh chronicle of your life.
One of the more contemporary-looking options on this list, Day One gives you an easy way to jot down your thoughts and even easier options to sync them with Dropbox.
You can passcode protect your "entries," which appear as a date-based list within the app. Features include reminders, rich text and the ability to star entries.
Day One offers no customization as far as appearance goes, but we'd imagine most people will be more than happy with the default black, white and turquoise color-scheme, the simple layout and clean font.
An app that emulates the paper diary as far as looks go, My Daily Journal nevertheless offers some good digital features.
These include that all-important password protection, auto-saving, search, PDF export and Dropbox backup.
You can personalize your journal by changing the background (although the parchment-style option above is the only one we liked) as well as by selecting the color of the leather trim. The best bit as far as customization goes is the number of fonts available -- a very healthy selection indeed.
Keeping with the real-life diary theme, you can swipe through entries with a flick of your finger, which is just as well, since the calendar-based index system is not so easy to browse.
The priciest app in our roundup, Momento does at least boast a feature set to justify the extra expense -- especially if you're the social type.
This is because you can hook up feeds from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare and more to integrate items into your diary, giving you a truly digital, content-rich journal.
In addition, you can add photos to each "moment," and there's the ability to both rate and keyword tag your content in order to categorize it for future reference. Good-looking, with stylish faux-wood background and orange highlights, Momemto comes recommended as the journal app for social networking afficianados.