I’ve made several attempts to keep a diary over the years, but I usually gave up within a week. Life was so exciting back then that any amount of time spent on writing a diary was time wasted. Although life isn’t as fun as it used to be, it has definitely become more stressful; hence the idea of writing at the end of a long day started to lose its appeal — until now.


I’ve recently found this amazing application, Moodstats, which allows you to rate your day in six different categories. A feature which sets it apart from other emotional software is that Moodstats will generate graphs and statistics that track your moods over time. There’s also built-in diary where you can jot down your thoughts and feelings, much like a normal diary. You can even synchronise your data with the global Moodstats server and recover your precious diary entries in the event of a computer failure. As an added bonus, you can even compare your own moods with that of other users after synchronising with the server!


Now that I’ve convinced everyone that Moodstats is the best thing since bread came sliced, the burning question you must have on your mind is: how much is it? Moodstats costs just $15, which includes free future upgrades. If you think about it, you’re only paying for the synchronisation function, which keeps a backup copy of your data on the global Moodstats server, and a leather-bound diary easily costs more than $15. You can also download a trial version of Moodstats and try it out for free. The only restrictions are that you can only enter 20 days worth of data and synchronisations with the server are not allowed.


I know this sounds awful lot like a sales pitch for Moodstats, but I can assure you that I don’t receive any commission for getting people to sign up. I’m just puzzled by the fact that only 1,303 people have bought Moodstats since its release four years ago. Of course, there are improvements that can be made to the application — I really hope the next version give users the option to change the default font size — but it’s a bargain at $15.

I will definitely recommend Moodstats to those who want to keep a diary or record their moods. It’ll be interesting to look back a few months later and see how your moods have changed over time.

11 March 2005 · Technology

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