Wish to have a personal diary on the web that no one else can see except you? There are plenty of free blogging platforms and website creators online, but most of them are visible to everyone. Writing your own private journal is always a great way to reflect yourself and record what you have done or achieved.
Here are the 7 best online private diary websites that are completely free. I have also included 2 popular blogging platforms that allow you to create private blogs.
Pensu is a personal journal that focuses on privacy. All entries of your journal are invisible from public by default, unless you specifically share your entry with individuals. You can further increase the protection of your entries by adding password on any entries that you wish to protect.
Free users are able to add photos and use some basic formatting features. Advanced features such as full encryption, smartphone apps, larger images, etc are only available for paid users. In overall, Penzu is a great online diary site which has cool interface design and advanced security feature.
LiveJournal is an online journal service which allows user interaction. You can interact with your friends, participate in communities, and post comments. Besides, you can set your entries to public, friends-only, private, or custom.
If you wish to post private entries and interact with others at the same time, LiveJournal is the perfect option for you.
Unlike the typical diary with entries arranged in a list, Diary.com arranges your posts next to each other, like pieces of a puzzle. All of your notes are private by default. You can also add your notes at your public page if you wish to.
Besides, you can add picture and plain text on posts. It even has some basic filters for uploaded photos.
My-Diary.org doesn’t have a fancy or sophisticated web interface, but it is extremely user-friendly and easy-to-use. You can set your diary as public or private under the “Account” tab. There is no formatting features for writing and you can only type plain texts. A perfect online diary for those who are looking for a simple and plain diary website.
DearDiary is a site for diarist and social networkers. All entries are private by default, unless you set them as public. You can add images to your account and embed YouTube videos in your entries. Very similar to My-Diary.org,
but with more social networking features.
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platform on the Internet. You can use it as a private diary or personal journal too. There are 3 different ways to do it:
- Set your blog as private when you first create the blog, as shown in the image above.
- After creating your blog, go to Settings -> Reading -> Site Visibility -> Select “I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose”.
- When publishing a new post, set visibility as private.
A free WordPress account comes with 3GB of free space, which should be more than enough unless you love to add images in your posts. Free users can only access to limited themes and basic customization.
Blogger is another blog-publishing service which is more popular among personal bloggers. To keep your blog private, simply go to Settings -> Basic -> Permissions -> Blog Readers -> Edit -> Select “Only these readers”. No people is allowed to read your blog unless you have invited them via email.
Blogger has less and limited themes compared to WordPress, but it is more customizable, as you are allowed to add custom CSS and edit the HTML of your template.
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