There’s a really nice journal app in the iTunes App Store called Q & A Diary – Roller Journal. This iPhone and iPad journal app is highly rated and continues to receive regular updates. Not only is the Q & A – Roller Journal app a pleasure to use, it’s also nice looking and comes with helpful questions to jumpstart your creative writing juices. However, there is the option to write without having to answer questions. And it also comes with a password code to protect your privacy.
Some worthy additional features are: helpful Reminders, Milestone stats, and a Timeline capsule of sorts. And although journaling is generally a private affair, you have the option to share questions and answers from the app with your friends and family — if you want to take journaling more social.
There are so many good reasons for you to take up journaling. Writing in general is a great de-stresser and makes you feel better. It gives you a chance to self reflect and get to know your true thoughts, feelings, hopes and desires. You’ll probably become better organized, and a more creative problem solver when you take time to stop and digest what’s going on around you each day. That all sounds good, but I think one of the biggest intimidators to any type of writing is staring at a blank page and wondering where to begin.
Fortunately, this journal app provides you with some questions to help even the most reluctant writer get started. There are a nice mix of normal everyday type questions in the starter pack. When you download this journal app, it automatically comes with a pack of 20 questions (Mix – Pack 1). Questions are gender neutral so whether you’re a guy or girl, the question applies. You’ll find questions like: “If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?” — “What’s the best thing you read lately?” — “What are you worried about?” — “Describe your ideal day” — and the list goes on.
Honestly, these questions are applicable across a wide range of ages as well. These questions make you stop and ponder, which is good in this constantly rushing world. It’s amazing how easy it is to write once you have that question to start with. If you don’t feel like dealing with the random question given, pass and receive another one. In the Questions Setting area, you can also adjust the question selection for some customization (Always Ask Me, Never Ask Me, Ask Me Randomly).
Maybe you don’t want answer any of these questions at all, so don’t — be a rebel and “Free Form” it, meaning that you can write about whatever you feel like in this mode. This journal app does come with $0.99 in app Question Packs such as the Seasonal Pack – Year End (50 questions), Seasonal Pack – New Year (50 questions), Mix Pack – One Off (50 questions), Productivity Pack (25 questions), Writer’s Pack (25 questions), Eat Well Pack (25 questions), Traveller’s Pack (25 questions), and more coming soon.
Journaling on a regular basis can be a hard habit to get into so this journal app comes with a Reminders option that can be set up to notify everyday, only on certain days and also at specified times. This Lifestyle app also provides stats for Milestones (that show on the Home Screen) allowing you to see the number of: Entries Reached, Questions Reached, Words Reached, Days In A Row, and Words Till Next Milestone.
These stats are meant to keep you motivated and aware. With a quick tap on the “eye” icon, you can even view all your entries at a glance. I like the Timeline feature because it adds an interesting “time capsule” component. Questions in this journal app will repeat, but depending on the day and where you’re at in your life, the answers should vary significantly. This could be fun to view all your answers in one place for a specific question and to see how your responses change over time.
There is a 4 digit passcode you can set to protect your privacy just in case someone gets curious about your journaling. Q & A Diary – Roller Journal works with Dropbox by creating a folder in your Dropbox that only you have access to. There is not currently syncing between devices, but this is something the developers are working on for a future update, as well as iCloud back.
Apparently, a lot of people are looking forward to synching between devices – which will be a really nice addition. One last thing, if you’re the kind that loves to share, share, and share some more, then you’ll be happy to know that can share Q &A from this journal app with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or email.
There’s really nothing to Not like about this beautiful and smooth working journal app, except the fact that there’s no “How To” to help you navigate the app a little easier. It’s kind of trial and error to figure out how things work, but it won’t take you very long to get going. Another feature I’d like to see would be the option to add my own questions into the mix, especially with the Timeline feature. Overall, I think this is a great journal app to motivate, inspire, and keep you on track when it comes to journaling on a regular basis.