For several years, I’ve kept a Bullet Journal. The format has changed a lot. I started with a layout that was rudimentary and stark, soon morphing it into something that would take me a few hours to set up each week’s pages.
It got to be work, and when it became work, I didn’t enjoy it any longer. Weeks would go by without making any entries.
So I took a break.
I looked for something online that would meet my list of Wants. Most of the dedicated journal apps included features I didn’t want or need.
Then I got an iPad and my laptop usage dropped, drastically. Then I got an Apple pencil, and Journaling became doable again. I even found on app that converted handwriting into plain text. I’ve always preferred writing longhand where, for me, thinking on the fly is easier then typing. The app even recognizes my sloppy cursive. Some of the translations are weird, but it’s correct probably 90-95% of the time.
I can add photos, graphics and sketches. I can use different ink colors, and change font sizes or bold lettering. I can move paragraphs around and wrap them around images. I can edit with either longhand or use my keyboard.
It’s nothing fancy but it serves my purposes. I’ve been using this new journaling approach for about four months. It’s fun again.
I even wrote this in longhand, converted to plain text and exported to my laptop to post here.
The app is Nebo.