The Journal Newsletter – July 2012

The Journal Newsletter

July 2012


The Journal 6 is now available!

My mission statement for The Journal 6 was: “The Journal, Even Better!” I wanted to make The Journal easier to use, while also adding some powerful new features like synchronizing and indexed text searching. Work on The Journal 6 began in June 2011 while my wife and I were waiting for our 3rd child to arrive. He was late, but was eventually induced to make his appearance. Which appearance then seriously slowed The Journal 6 development for a while. 🙂 But now The Journal 6 is ready! See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

We have another set of writing prompts, and we continue our exploration of The Journal’s powerful “Search Entries” command.

Thank you for using The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Using “Search Entries…”: Search Logic

The default type of search is for a word or a phrase. You type in the word or phrase you want to look for and start the search. But The Journal’s “Search Entries” command can also search for collections of words.

The three main types of search logic are:

  • Search for entries with the phrase – This is the default. Whatever you type in will be searched for as you typed it. An entry must have exactly what you typed in to be included in the search results.
  • Search for entries with any of the words (OR) – This is a Boolean OR search. What you type in is divided into individual words. If any of those words, or any combination of those words, are in an entry, that entry will be returned in the search results.
  • Search for entries all of the words (AND) – This is a Boolean AND search. Like the OR search above, what you type in is divided into separate words. But with AND, an entry must have *all* of the words to be included in the search results. The order of the words isn’t important, just that they are all in the entry.
  • Match whole words only – If this option is not checked, then the OR and AND searches will allow submatches. For example, “firehose” (in the entry) to match “fire” (in the search). If this option is checked, though, an entry that contained “firehose” would not be returned when searching for “fire”.

If you have The Journal 6, there is another search logic option available: “Advanced Search (phrase is a match query)”. This option will be covered in detail in a later Tip.

Writing Prompts

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

Poetry Prompt – Write a parody of a Robert Frost poem. For example, “Whose socks these are I think I know…”

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 — 10:07 pm