Keeping a journal is not a new thing for most people; however the internet presents many unique ways to perform this timeless activity. OhLife is another take on the classic diary that adds a significant amount of convenience which encourages the user to actually make a daily entry. It can be a real challenge to find personal time in today’s hectic society. Oh Life helps users put aside a few minutes each day to create a journal entry while taking a look at an entry from the past.
Reman Child and Shawn Gupta, the minds behind MeetingMix and Expensr, founded OhLife. Through their personal experiences, Child and Gupta learned that it was hard to stick to a daily journal. Both founders recalled their own attempts at a diary, all of which wound up being brushed aside and forgotten. This experience created the foundation behind the OhLife concept. Both men wanted to put together an online journal that was easy to use and very fast to update.
There are many, many ways to keep a journal today, even a digital one. OhLife stands out in the convenient tools it provides for users to keep up with daily entries. Every day, Oh Life sends users an email asking how their day was. The user can respond to the email with their actual entry. It is posted to their Oh Life journal and requires no actual login.
The Oh Life website presents an eye-catching design that is both professional and welcoming. The vibrant blue color scheme creates a lovely backdrop for appealing font styles that are still very easy to read. The site itself includes no clutter, just the basics necessary to explain how to use Oh Life and links to get to various parts of the site. A new user can easily feel right at home thanks to a logical layout and clean design.
Visitors that wish to create an OhLife account can click either the prominent green button that reads “Sign Up – It’s Free!” or the small blue “Sign Up” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. This directs the visitor to the registration form, which only requests the basics. After entering an email address, password, and time zone, the user is directed to a brief comment that advises an email requesting their first entry has been sent. The user can also access their account, which includes past entries and account settings.
Although Oh Life offers a unique way to keep a daily journal, the features currently available are not worth a membership fee. The site provides users with an account free of charge. This is probably for the best, since many would be turned off to registration when so many other tools area available to keep a journal for free. No comment has been made as to whether this will change in the future, but for now the zero price tag works well with Oh Life. Perhaps later, if additional features were added, a premium membership option could be included. For now, it is worth the price.
Busy people that want to keep a journal can really appreciate OhLife. However, even beyond that, anyone at all can easily use the site. Since users can write about anything they want, and it is all private, there are no limitations as far as who could or would want to use OhLife.