The Journal Newsletter – December 2017

The Journal Newsletter

December 2017


Happy Holidays Everyone! Pick your favorite holiday(s), I figure, and enjoy it(them) as best you can. =)

I know I’ve been quiet this year, and you might be curious why. For those of you who aren’t especially curious, I will keep it short. 😉 In December 2016 I had to take a new job. I still have this job, and likely will for the next few years. As a result, development on The Journal slowed–but did not stop! Over the summer, some significant new features were added, and there have been a few minor updates as well (including one last week; see below for more information). Also, I will have a big announcement next month.

If you’re in a gift-giving mood, The Journal 7 can be purchased with a Gift Discount ($5 off), plus other discounts. Check out all available discounts here:
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Once again, I would like to thank all of you for choosing The Journal!

-David Michael

The Journal News

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Tips & Tricks

TIP: Drag-and-Drop to Rearrange Categories

One of the new features in The Journal 7 this year is the ability to rearrange categories in the main category tree by dragging-and-dropping. You can easily reorganize your categories, moving them in front of other categories in the list, or adding them as sub-categories.

I would say more about this new feature, but it really is that simple: Drag-and-drop to your heart’s content.

NOTE: This only applies to the category tree layout. If you use the (classic) category tabs layout, you will need to use Category Properties… (on the Category menu).

Writing Prompts

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

Journaling Prompt – Do you hire experts to tell you something don’t know? Or to confirm the choice you’ve already made?

Memoir Prompt – What is your favorite holiday? Which was the Best Holiday Ever?

Submission Information

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The Journal Newsletter

Editor: David Michael (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2017 by David Michael.
Updated: December 13, 2017 — 8:28 pm