The Journal Newsletter – March 2010

The Journal Newsletter

March 2010


March 2010. Already. And now nearly gone…

An update of The Journal 5.1 (Build #417) was released the beginning of this month. See “The Journal News” below for more information.

This month’s tips talk about a new HTML export option and point out that there is no “Right Way” to use The Journal. Plus, we have a new set of writing prompts.

Thank you for choosing The Journal!

Tips & Tricks

TIP: New HTML Export Option: “Export as a Web page…”

The Journal 5 extended The Journal’s HTML export capabilities, adding a new option: “Export as a Web page with category & entry index”.

This option is on the “Export Entries” form (click on the File menu, Export sub-menu, and choose “Export Entries…”) as a sub-option of the HTML export format (under “Select Export Format”).

When this option is checked, the selected categories and entries are exported to individual HTML files in the designated folder. An “index.html” file is also created, with Web frames that provide separate lists of the categories and entries for each category exported.

In other words, open the “index.html” in your Web browser and you can browse the exported categories and entries in much the same way you can in The Journal (not as pretty, and no editing, of course).

TIP: There is no “Right Way” to use The Journal

In the monthly newsletter, and in the user email discussion list, you’ll read about a lot of features of The Journal. And, yes, there are a lot of features.

The Journal turns 14 years old soon, and in that time, I’ve inserted/extended/wedged-in a *lot* of functionality, much of it suggested by users just like yourself. Hopefully, I’ve managed to include those new features and extensions in an unobstrusive way, rather than cluttering things up and making the software harder to use or more intimidating.

*BUT* just because all those features are there, does *NOT* mean you have to use them. You don’t even have to experiment with them. I won’t be insulted and the software won’t go into “sulk mode”.

I’ve tried to make The Journal flexible enough that you can do what you want, how you want. (That said, if The Journal does get in your way, let me know. There’s always room for improvement.)

In short: Do your own thing. Feel free to ignore any features or functionalities that aren’t useful to you.

However you use The Journal, that is *YOUR* Right Way. And, yes, I’d love to hear about it. =)

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “The Rabbit Trails”

Journaling Prompt – Do you know your “hot buttons”? The ones that anyone can press and set you off? (If you’re not sure, just ask your friends. They know.)

Memoir Prompt – How have the household chores you do (or delegate) changed in your lifetime?

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to:

If you are submitting for a particular section, please indicate which one. Try to limit your submissions to 500-1000 words. Submissions may be edited for length and content.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state this in the email. Otherwise your name (but not your email) will be used in the article heading.

As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 24, 2015 — 9:12 pm