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Several years ago, I stumbled upon a cool program for tracking my ideas, dreams, and musings. It’s kind of like having a private online diary.

Penzu is a free web-based program that you can use to record what’s going on in your head or what’s going on in your life. What’s nice is that the program is totally private. It’s not a social networking tool like LinkedIn, for making announcements to your colleagues, friends, and the rest of the universe. Instead, it’s a place just for you.

Much like a traditional journal, you can use Penzu to record whatever you want on a day-by-day basis. It’s great for anything… your business ideas, goals, and inspirations. In addition, you can even import graphics to complement your entries. As they say, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”

journal post example of gillian at the beach

Even if you’re not a “journal writer”, this program is a great way to keep track of anything you do in date order. For instance, you could record: your business expenses, your win, or even the actions you took or the thoughts you had that day.

While there are many websites that allow you to create an online journal, what’s different about Penzu is that you can set up email reminders to prompt your entries. For instance, you can customize the program to send you a nudge via email – every day, every other day, once a week, or once a month.

It doesn’t get easier than this folks.

Because Penzu is a cloud-based, you can access the program on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Which makes it an ideal choice for journaling on the go. I also like that you can revise or delete old entries.

While the program was built with privacy in mind, if you’d like to “share your thoughts” with someone else, there’s an option to do so by creating a public link to that specific entry. There is a lot of flexibility with Penzu.

Penzu offers 3 different plans, one of which is a FREE FOREVER PLAN. You might want to start with that, just to make sure that Penzu is a good fit for you. That’s what I started with. Eventually I moved up to the PRO version so that I could have multiple journals – business and personal.

So if you are looking for an interesting way to track your thoughts you might want to give Penzu a try. While it’s usually a “Penny for your thoughts”, with Penzu you don’t have to pay a cent!


On March 27, 2017, which was three years ago, I was journaling about the “Lifestyle I’m Envisioning.” I wrote about my desire to have the kind of work that would allow me to travel around the world.

I took a photo of myself at the beach, to really help me visualize that lifestyle. The beach is my happy place. Whenever I think about being a digital nomad, it always includes: sand, sunshine, and crashing waves. (See photo above for the proof of that journal entry.)

On December 25, 2020, I took a photo at the beach in Israel. Here’s the proof that when you write it down… you make it happen.

gillian and devon at the beach

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This article was originally published as a blog post on my website, under the title of: Penzu Review: Tracking Your Thoughts in an Online Journal

gillian whitney
Hi, I’m Gillian Whitney, a LinkedIn Live Stream Strategist & Coach making live video easy peasy. Working with B2B professionals from around the world, to leverage LinkedIn Live to be discovered, noticed, and recognized on LinkedIn®