Improve Your Journal Writing With Raconteur

Price: $2.99    Score: 10/10    By Nancy JonesRaconteur

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to commit to writing in your journal every day? Do you buy beautiful journals and then forget to put pen to page? Would you love to have a journal available wherever you are?  If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then Raconteur, developed by Too Much Tea, LLC is definitely worth a look.

There is a lot to like in Raconteur. Each day when you open the app, you can type in a few thoughts (or paragraphs) about your day. And, my favorite feature, you can also add a picture to the entry. Did you have a great day with your family? – take their picture. Or did you get a new ding in your car? – you can include that too. On the other hand, maybe you just want to capture a photo of an accomplishment – painting a room, trimming a hedge or washing your dog. Adding a photo to daily journal entries amps up the fun and utility of this app.

Raconteur comes with opportunities to enter “what happened today” from the year 2000 up until now. Personally, I do not plan to go back to my sketchy journals and re-enter the information, but there may be some people out there that would. The positive side of this is that as you enter information each day you will be able to compare what has happened year-to-year. Are you still living in the same city – even though you vowed you would move? If you are, is it because you love where you are, and new opportunities came your way?

Could you do all this with a printed book? Yes, but would it be as easy? My one suggestion, and it is a minor one, would be to include a way to hide the years that don’t have entries. I don’t like seeing unnecessary information on my screen.

As for extra settings, the app is so straightforward that there isn’t much need for many.  Through the iPhone Settings icon, you can set “nag badges” to remind you to write an entry.  You can also enter new “placeholder text.” As delivered, the text within the box says, “New entry: touch to edit.”  You could change it to, “Time to write: touch to get started” or whatever text inspires you. This kind of flexibility appeals to me. You can also export the entire journal via email. Maybe you want the flexibility of archiving your journal – or you could use part of your journal on your webpage. I almost forgot – you can also email a day’s entry (with picture) and share it with a friend.  This app is loaded!

You can set particular days as favorites. Certain days do have a special quality about them and imagine how enjoyable it could be scan through those days. You can search the text for keywords,  favorites, ones with pictures or search after a certain date. Clearly, using an iPhone app as a journal offers you some upgrades from a book. But what do you lose? Well, I personally enjoy the feeling of putting pen to paper, but on balance, I think having a journal with me all the time – and being able to capture a moment through photography wins the day.

With the average printed journal costing $10 and up, a $2.99 app sounds like a bargain – and it is green to boot. Let’s see. If you prorate that $2.99 over a year, it is not quite a penny a day. With all of its benefits, it’s a hard app to pass up for any keen journal-keeper. I look forward to using Raconteur for years to come.

Raconteur is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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