If you've got a yen for online journaling but aren't ready to expose your innermost thoughts to the world, Penzu is worth a look. It combines a slick blogging platform with solid privacy features that give you control over who sees what you write.
This free, web-based service has an easy-to-use interface — sign up for a free account, click the New Entry button, and start typing. You can also upload pictures to your entries on the fly from your computer or a Flickr account. Penzu's great privacy features let you lock down individual posts, or all your entries, depending on your preference. Alternatively, you can email an entry to someone anonymously, or via your Penzu identity.
To dress up your entries with themes, or to access more robust privacy features, step up to the Pro Plan for $US19 per year. You'll also get rich text formatting, importing options, tagging and more customisation options.
Even if you already have an online journal or blog, Penzu is worth checking out. Since its accessible from any computer with an internet connection, it's a good fit for keeping a weight loss or fitness journal, penning private notes back and forth with your sweetheart, keeping grandparents updated on what your kids are doing, or just communicating with a roommate when your in-person schedules don't mesh.