For many years now I’ve had a digital journal on my smartphone (and desktop). Through a bit of boredom and curiosity, I’ve danced between apps and services.
The app I use most frequently is Journey. It the most well-rounded app out there since it is available on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, and has a web app. It will help auto-track the weather and location, you can add photos, and track your mood. Journey will even show you stats about your entries and mood.
So why switch, right?
Well, as nice as Journey is, its user interface (UI) is a bit dry. If I am using an app daily, even multiple times daily, I’d like a bit of fun and eye candy.
So from Journey, I tried various other journal and diary apps, including Diaro, Journal It!, Daylio, Writeaday, Univeral Diary (now called Universum), and Stories. Through trying these apps I discovered I enjoyed more than Journey could offer. I realized I had a list of things I wanted in a journal app.
- Quick and easy text entry
- Weather tracking
- Location tracking
- Mood tracking
- A very nice UI to see every day
- Dark mode
- A web app for me to add longer entries from my Chromebook
- Backup / sync of entries via Google Drive or other
- A way to export entries to keep them safe on my own storage space
Many of the apps I’ve been trying have most of these features, but only one would sync to the desktop, which is Journey. Stories, which is still in beta, is the runner up, as it has a lot of features. Unfortunately, development at this seems to have gone dark, no web app, and backups are only done manually by the user.
Then I stumbled across the JarMe. Take a look at their overview video:
There are more videos where that one came from too. I encourage you to check out their YouTube channel.
My first impression was, “Wow, this is gorgeous!” followed by, “Holy cow, they have a functional well designed web app too? No way!”
It didn’t take long before I got in touch with the development team to find out more about their app, and their subscription plan. Yes, JarMe is free on Android and the web, but if you want to unlock of a lot of the goodies, including Mood Tracking, you need to pay their subscription fee.
Before you stop reading and leave this article, I’ll give them credit for keeping the fee low. $25.00 per year will open the flood gates to all the features JarMe has to offer. I have been using the app for only a short time, however I am very close to pulling the trigger and subscribing. For the sake of comparison, the Journey charges $30.00 per year.
Back to why I love this app – JarMe not only covers my wants out of a journal/diary app, but adds even more.
- Each entry can have a different colour and icon to help make it stand out.
- The web app is not something half-baked like Journey’s. Many of the features from the app are reflected here.
- Each folder/category is actually a called a “Jar”, hence the name. You can share these Jars with other JarMe users, and add a cover photo.
The app is still considered beta (in development) but at this time, I consider it usable and will most likely continue forward using this exclusively. Give it a shot! The more users on board, the better the app can be!