I came across a simple online private journal called Penzu. It is fast, intuitive, and easy to use. There is no need to log in the site in order to use Penzu. You can go to the Penzu site, quickly drop down your thoughts, and log in later to save to your account if needed.

You can use Penzu for keeping a daily diary, expressive journal, travel journal, or the story of your life. Also, I think teachers and students can use Penzu to take notes in classes and meetings. You can hop back and forth between notes easily. Penzu puts the most-recently created documents on top and allows image insertion. You can share your entries with others via email option or you can keep your identity a secret. The best part of Penzu is that your work is saved as you type, so you never have to worry about saving. Furthermore, printing with Penzu is quite easy. The documents come out just like they look like on the page.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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3 Responses to Penzu

  1. davidsmora says:

    I think Penzu is a great electronic writing tool! It is a very easy to use (think of writing in an old composition notebook from elementary school) and free (users can upgrade to a pro account with more features for $19 a year). Best of all, you never have to worry about saving your work! In essence, Penzu is like the electronic equivalent of pen and paper.

    Penzu, as you noted, could be used in several ways. For example, when I participated in the British studies program during the summer of 2004, I could have used this application to document my travel experiences. Additionally, I could have included personal photographs (uploaded from my computer or through the Web 2.0 application Flickr) in my entries. I also agree that Penzu would be an excellent tool for students. Students could jot down important notes from lectures and e-mail them for future reference.

    I also noticed that privacy is a main priority for this application. For instance, users can safeguard their thoughts and ideas by adding a password to their entries. For further security, users can upgrade to a pro account, which allows for encryption. In addition to this protection, users can also elect to share their entries anonymously. Regardless of the privacy method a user chooses, he should feel safe knowing that his writings are well protected.

    Lastly, I really like how clean this application is. For example, when you create a new entry, you can add a title and then start typing away. Penzu conveniently stamps each entry with the current date so a user can easily find them when he wishes to review and/or edit them. Again, I’m pretty impressed with this tool. Perhaps the next time I’m on a trip, I may use Penzu to document my experiences.

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