a) "the easiest way to" lowercase start and then "Write your life story" uppercase start. Seems weird to me. The other way around or both uppercase.
b) Top bar seems empty, maybe an actual logo (that adds some other color/shade) would chance that.
d) Ned Flanders takes away the credibility and earnesty the page build up so far. Bad!
e) "private, secure, & friendlier", the comma after secure seems out of place to me. I am not an english native but from what I know it would be more normal without it. "friendlier" is not a word, is it? Also, how is it secure if you do not tell me how you actually secure it (both for normalos and hackers please)...?
f) entry is a bad empty word. I guess you already tried to find a better one. Can't think of one myself. :-(
g) "a personal journal that you'll love to use" = you love the journal
"why you'll love us" = you love the company
h) "Oh snap, remember this?" same as Ned, does not fit the otherwise very noble theme at all.
i) The open book has a weird shape. Does not feel right to me. Maybe if it was taller?
y) Privacy tainted by Google Analytics.
Friendlier is indeed a word, the comparative of friendly.
Amazing idea, by the way, beautifully executed and immediately captured my imagination.
I think I might be likely to pay a yearly fee for this service. Beautiful design, too. Great job all around.
One thing I've always "wondered" about more than concerned is privacy. Being a journal, I write out some of the deepest and most personal things in it. I'd find it assuring if you guys laid out your thoughts on privacy. I know there is only so much you can do but merely knowing your longterm vision will help.
Last thing I want is to do a journal on a site whose longterm vision is to open up the journal for public viewing ala facebook. If that was the longterm vision(to open it up), I may still use it but for a different purpose.
Great job on the execution of this app. I have talked to others who have had this same idea, but their execution was ugly/unexcting/etc. This is clean and simple.
At the end of the day, I don't need another blog or a slight variation on blogging technology. I need something that basically blogs for me. If I can add value to my site by adding comments like this one to other people's sites (then pressing this "magic" button (maybe a bookmarket?) to automatically save it as part of my blog), that'd be pure awesomeness.
Beyond saving boatloads of time for everyone who used it, it would create a more connected blogosphere by allowing people to link their commenter accounts (like HN, Reddit, etc) to their primary blog...effectively giving people more ownership over the things they write on others blogs, increasing author recognition, etc.
Tumblr is pretty close to doing this, but the problem is its just context-free noise. It's echoes from a very, very noisy set of interactions that you perform. I had a Tumblr blog that harvested photos, blog posts, Twitter, last.fm etc etc. and it all meant absolutely nothing.
This isn't really blogging, it's journaling. Writing a diary is supposed to be therapeutic because you're writing down the things you dare not talk about with others (maybe not even your SO). It's not about what you do, it's about how you feel.
That's why I would like to see encryption mentioned somewhere, and pushed hard. I wrote one entry to see how it works, but I'm going to disable the notifications until I know that my personal outpourings are not actually being read by others.
Of course, setting up PGP, let alone remembering the passphrase (gasp) is a lot to ask of the typical user who needs to use his mail client as a text editor.
Otherwise, it's a cute idea, really. Please excuse cynicism.
Is there any way to export posts - for example, if I wanted to share them with a significant other or another family member?
Also, and this is mainly curiosity, how do you handle sending posts from the past for the first few days where there really isn't much history?
We don't have export yet, but we've definitely wanted to share some of our entries with close friends and family too. We'll be brainstorming around this!
Regarding past history: For your first week, we just send you your entry from the previous day. After you've been using it for a week though, and some history has built up, we'll show you entries from a week ago (and then a month ago, etc.).
Thanks for checking it out - really appreciate it!
Also, who did your webdesign? I like it!
And thanks for the design compliment! We did it all in-house, so we really appreciate the kind words.
"Open sesame" or something equally corny.
However, you'd need an inversion of what is proposed here. Instead of emailing you an entry from the past then asking for your entry for today, it would need to ask for today's entry (plus passphrase), then reply back with an entry from the past instead.
I don't think the latter version is as compelling as the former, but encryption is sort of a must have.
Great work guys!
Edit: I just noticed lists I email don't get formatted correctly. It's slightly annoying for such an otherwise beautifully designed layout.
Why would I want to use some third-party website for something so simple that I might as well do it myself? I can see some pretty annoying downsides (need to have a crypto layer because I don't want you to be able to read my journal, need to export regularly the data to my own computer because I don't want you to be able to lose my journal), but no real advantages (it's not even more convenient!).
In any case, I believe that the two following statements, at least, are plain wrong:
- "The easiest way to write your life story": no, the easiest way is to fire up a text editor and start writing.
- "Only you can see your entries": should read "Only you and us can see your entries".
I like the daily emails as I don't visit too many sites daily, apart from HN and Gmail. This will be an easy way to log all that I'm up to. I'm not sure how regularly I'll do this, but time will tell.
Thank you for the inspiration!
interesting idea... I'll give it a go for a while until someone realises I email myself everyday. Does it get angry if I don't reply?
mini feedback on home page: The 'see example' link needs to scroll the page down for me, I didn't spot the page grow and was waiting for it to load.
Otherwise, this looks great, and I'm looking forward to using it!
I will then use it as a personal journal for work purposes. Perfect for filling out during the morning with a cup of coffee.
One thing I noticed: on the login page can you make pressing tab in the login box go directly to the password input box?
Like a twinkie, like a twinkie.