Journaling with Gmail

So today I was pondering electronic journaling, after being prompted by this post on However, I move between multiple computers all the time and installed software doesn’t seem like a good fit for me. I want something more private than a blog, and preferably with decent search capabilities. That’s when it hit me: Gmail!

Here’s what I did:

  1. Setup a new contact with the name “journal” and my email address + journal. Gmail allows you to add keywords to your email address. For example, if your email is, you can also receive email at In this case, you’ll be receiving your journal entries at
  2. Setup a new filter that looks for all messages to and then applies the (new) label “journal” and archives the message.

That’s it! Now I simply go into Gmail and compose a new message to journal. I can search these journals with Gmail’s fantastic search capabilities or even apply other labels as well. An added benefit to this system is that I can journal from anything that can send email, such as a handheld, simply by composing my message to

Simple, but effective.