By Tara Miller
Now that you’ve completely moved your entire life onto the Internet, does it make sense to try to keep it organized on a sheet of paper? These 100 awesome online journal tools are designed to let you record, collect, edit and track everything you can think of, literally. From health and fitness goals to personal projects to self-development to travel, these tools can help you make the kind of progress you never thought was possible.
Use these tools to snip, store and share photos, audio, and videos for your journal.
- Flickr: This online photo journal is searchable and lets you share your pictures.
- Picasa: Google’s photo sharing and management tool lets you organize and share web albums.
- Vimeo: If you like to express yourself through the videos you make, join this community to post, share and organize.
- SmugMug: SmugMug is an oft-praised site that lets you safely store personalized galleries of high-quality photos.
- Project Playlist: Here you can create playlists as a way of expressing yourself.
- Photobucket: With Photobucket, you can sync your photo journal to your accounts on MySpace, Facebook, Blogger and more.
- Purevolume: Purevolume lets you set up a profile, explore music, comment on what you like, and share your playlist.
Diet and Fitness
Keep a food and exercise log to track your progress and stick with your plan.
- FitDay: With FitDay, you can track your foods, exercise routines, calorie counts and more.
- My Calorie Counter: Use this site’s free online diet and exercise journal to track your weight loss progress and look up nutrition information for popular fast food restaurants.
- MyFitnessPal: This online diet journal features message boards, a free interface, calorie and carb counter,and more.
- The Daily Plate: Use The Daily Plate to track meals, calories, exercise and weight loss on a simple but attractive platform.
- SparkPeople: This social network of serious dieters and fitness enthusiasts comes with personal tools to track food intake, recipes, exercise progress and more.
- NutritionData: Besides looking up nutrition information, you can organize your favorite foods, keep a daily food log, collect recipes, and more.
- eDiets: eDiets helps you find the right diet for you, and provides tools like an online food tracker and diet journal.
- My Fitness Page: This collection of tools helps you journal and track your fitness goals and progress.
- FitWatch: Find printable food journals and fitness trackers here.
- Gimme20: Track your overall wellness, as well as specific fitness and diet goals.
These medical journals are designed to help you stay organized and store any questions, symptoms or concerns you have about your health.
- Track Your Drinking Habits: Discover how much you’re actually drinking — and how it impacts your health — with this tool.
When you want a journal to organize and store notes, use these tools to make more sense of your chaotic habits.
- Evernote: Evernote is a note-taking tool that helps you remember everything. You can pull photos, audio and text from anywhere on the web to store in one spot.
- Zotero: Zotero is marketed as a research citation tool, but you can also use it to collect favorite web pages, images, PDFs, rich-text notes and more.
- Toodledo: Use Toodledo for more than just to-do lists. You can also take notes, set goals, reflect on your tasks, and more.
- Wikispaces: This system lets anyone create their own wiki to use as a word processor, image and file platform, and more.
- Springnote: With Springnote, you can create a personal notebook or manage a group project to share files, keep a calendar, customize pages and record your notes.
- Purple Bunny: Purple Bunny lets you journal while you discover new sites by creating space for you to write comments and notes in the margin of web pages.
- Notefish: Notefish is another online research tool that’s also great for journaling and discovering. You can save web pages, customize notes, drag and drop, and more.
- FreeMind: This tool allows you to journal and gain perspective through a mind-mapping interface.
- WebAsyst: This online notepad features cataloging, sharing and safe storing online.
Discover more about yourself and new places when you keep a travel journal online.
- MyTripJournal: This site gives space to travelers who want to share their experiences and recommend travel destinations to others.
- TravelPod: TravelPod hosts all kinds of travel blogs that incorporate photos, video and featured trips into their stories.
- IgoUgo: This social site for travelers features trip planning assistance, a community and travel journaling.
- Traveljournals.net: Upload pictures, travel stories and more so that your friends and family can keep up with you while you’re away.
- TravelBlog: Here you can discover new destinations and hotspots while chronicling your own world travels.
- Off Exploring: This cute, snappy online travel journal platform welcomes travelers to upload unlimited photos and even lets them print their online version as a book.
- Hotel Management School: On the Hotel Management School Blog travelers share experiences, and the moderator discusses the latest in travel technology and gadgets.
- TravelPost: Journal, find itineraries and get tips on traveling to places around the U.S.
- GoAbroad.net: This network connects travelers going to the same places and lets them log on to create their own travel journals.
- TripAdvisor: Write articles about your trip to help others visiting the same area find deals and cool things to do.
- Travellerspoint: Travellerspoint hosts free online travel journals that can be linked to online photos and privacy options.
Finance and Wealth
These journals are designed to help you meet your financial goals, get out of debt and plan for the future.
- Mint.com: Track your budgeting and expenses with this online finance journal.
- Wesabe: This finance community pools together information about getting out of debt and managing your money. You can join groups, track your accounts and record notes.
- SocialPicks: Here you can track your investments, map out how you want to spend your money, and more.
- SimpliFi: SimpliFi is goal tracking for people who want to map out and organize their finance plans.
Social and Relationships
These social sites open up journaling to friends, family and even the greater public.
- Yoono: Yoono is a platform that syncs up your social media accounts and lets you update your status and share all of your links, photos and pages from one spot.
- LiveJournal: Blog along with your community on LiveJournal.
- Facebook: Keep all of your favorite photos, videos, links, thoughts, moods, likes and dislikes, and favorite activities logged on Facebook, where your friends can check out what’s new with you.
- MySpace: MySpace is still an immensely popular online journaling tool that lets you customize pages and record any thoughts or inspirations you want to share.
- Digg: Digg is all about discovering new sites and news stories and then commenting on them. Before you know it, your profile will have turned into a journal of your evolving interests.
- Twitter: This microblogging platform lets you post mini, public journal snippets of your thoughts, favorite sites, mood and more.
- Diigo: Annotate, highlight, take notes and share websites with Diigo.
- BigContacts: Use this tool as a journal for all of your communications and contacts. You can save histories, store files and photos, create reports of certain tasks, and more.
- Google Groups: With Google Groups, you can set up continuously running threads of journal entries with your friends.
Journals are often used to track goals and make plans for the future. Use these tools for goal tracking.
- 43 Things: This network includes members who like to share their goals and hold themselves accountable by letting the world keep up with their progress.
- Joe’s Goals: Joe’s Goals is a popular but simple goal tracking chart.
- MyGoalManager: With this tool, you can outline, organize, add images to and add to your goals list.
- Remember the Milk: This to-do list also serves as a running goal tracker that lets you customize tasks, jot down notes and more.
- myGoals: Get tips for setting goals and find space for creating your own goal journal.
- MyProgress: MyProgress has room for tracking skills, wealth and discipline.
Keep a journal for your specific projects to use as a reference later on and to help you keep everything straight as you go.
- Zoho: Zoho’s Office Suite is free and features a notebook, presentation tool, spreadsheets, a Wiki, online organizer, project management software and a lot more.
- Basecamp: Basecamp has room for all kinds of projects and files. Store notes, charts, schedules, to-do lists, histories and more.
- Wridea: Organize your ideas and goals with this online journal that lets you form new pages, themes and more.
- WriteWith: Use WriteWith to manage projects and store all of your chats, tasks lists and project history in one journal.
- Box.net: Create a journal comprised of your important files and tasks with Box.net.
- Backpack: Backpack is another 37 signals package that lets you store, share and organize notes, to-do lists, scheduling, photos, and more.
- yWriter5: This free word processor is a collaboration tool for those who want to store, save and share large writing projects.
- LooseStitch: LooseStitch is a colorful project manager that is also a great online journal.
- Writeboard: Keep a journal of your next writing project with Writeboard, which lets you work with other users, too.
Record your notes, messages, to-do lists and more in one spot with these journals and organizers.
- Jott: Sync your voicemail, e-mail and text messaging so that you can send yourself notes, reminders and ideas with speech-to-text features.
- NetNotes: Use this tool to store all the notes you take across the Internet with your bookmarks.
- Journler: This free Mac tool works as an online journal and life organizer.
- Vitalist: Use Vitalist to organize projects, annotate and analyze your to-do lists, and more.
- VoodooPad Lite: This free tool welcomes you to record all kinds of thoughts, ideas, projects and more.
- Linux TuxCards: This online journal for Linux organizes notes, tasks, and more.
- ZuluPad: Set up your own personal Wiki notepad with ZuluPad.
- The Brain: Use The Brain to make the connections between your files, ideas and notes that make sense to you.
- Mindomo: With Mindomo, you can create a mind-mapping system that mirrors your project plan, to-do lists, goals and more.
- xPad: This is “the ultimate notepad” for Mac users and combines the powers of Stickies and TextEdit.
Blogging and Diaries
Blogs are basically online journals that are open to the general public. Explore how blogging and online diaries can benefit your personal growth.
- WordPress: WordPress is a popular, free blogging platform that lets you post pictures, video, audio and more.
- Blogger: Google’s blogging resource is easy-to-use and highly customizable.
- TypePad: This more sophisticated blogging system lets you build your own community, create podcasts, add widgets, and more.
- Tumblr: Tumblr markets itself as being “the easiest way to blog” and lets you customize everything.
- Xanga: Xanga is a social blogging site that lets you share yourself with a vibrant community.
- DiaryLand: This community welcomes diary writers and bloggers and lets you control who can and can’t access your journal.
- Google Sites: Create a website for your own personal note-taking or to share with friends.
- Open Diary: Start an online diary with this platform, which features unlimited storage.
- My Personal Diary: This portal lets you create private or public diaries about anything you want.