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Journal Entry: Wed Oct 19, 2011, 1:09 PM
Here's a quick bit of trivia! Did you know that journals comprise about 25% of posts submitted daily?  :wow:  Journals are an integral part of the deviantART experience, and coming soon, they'll receive the spotlight they deserve.  

:star:  Introducing the new Journal portal!
A brand new look is coming to the News page.
  • From the Journal portal, which will be replacing the News page, you'll be able to browse, submit, or search journals and news.  You'll be able to browse by Newest, Popular, and Featured (which is comprised of official deviantART news and highlights).
  • Journals will be visible with their skin, giving you a better context of the post.

(Hover over the screenshot below to see more!)
A preview of the new deviantART Journal Portal


:star:  What happened to the old News page?
As you may recall, we teased the release of merging news, journals, blogs, and deviations in order to create a unified submission process.  This means journals, blogs, and news will receive a load of awesome benefits that only deviations currently have, including:

  • Being able to :+fav: journals
  • Hiding journals from non-deviants
  • Share settings
  • Storage
  • Blog searching
  • Comment disabling on group blogs
  • Journal :thumb: codes

The aim of this upgrade is to unify all these systems, making them simpler to use and more consistent in appearance and functionality.  As news, journals, and group blogs become one, they will all be found in the News section shown above.  The News page will have an improved look and feel, and provide you an easy way to search and browse through journals, blogs, and news all in one place!

:star:  But this looks a lot like the Today page!
Where the new News page and the Today page differ is that Today only shows the most popular journals, whereas the upgraded News page sorts journals by recent, popular, and featured.  Both will still live, but we're taking the best bits and pieces from Today and adding them to the News page.

The future is bright, my friends. Be well. :heart:

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:icongeni-tamerlaine:
Geni-Tamerlaine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
The only thing that I don't like is that when you search journals now, you don't search by keywords anymore, which means less results.
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:icongeni-tamerlaine:
Geni-Tamerlaine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Can you please change it back to the old system? When I search journals now I get less results.
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:iconemberpelt:
Emberpelt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually truly want to pull my hair out about this change right now. HOWEVER, I would ADORE it if you simply added a button on userpages (or even just for premium members, I don't plan on stopping paying anytime soon) that allows you to choose which journal you display on your profile. If this exists, I will feel royally dumb but would love to have it pointed out.
Love, a dA lover.
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:iconemberpelt:
Emberpelt Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
UPDATE there is a way, and boy do I feel stupid. But yay! :P
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
yay, this really is an awesome change! Being able to search for journals and having results with a preview is extremely helpful :nod:

Giving non Premium Members the option to use thumbcodes like it was possible in news, is great. Does the same go for using headlines in journals now? This was a very helpful HTML tag in writing news and it would be awesome for a lot of people, esp. CSS writers, who with that would have the option to give styles to a nice amount of headlines without the necessity to create custom div-tags :)

:thumbsup:
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:iconshansherazi:
ShanSherazi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I would like to make a suggestion for journals, and I'm not sure where else to put it but here. I have a habit of accidentally closing windows when I'm in the middle of typing a fairly long journal, and I've heard I'm not the only one with this problem. For this reason, I post hardly any journals here, because there is no "save as draft" or "auto-save" option in journals. Instead, I use my blog. I would love to be able to post things in my journals here, but this makes it very inconvenient. I think it would be awesome if we could add one of these features. I know that I would post significantly longer and probably better quality journals.
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:iconpica-ae:
pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I am afraid of this happening to me, too :)
That is why I decided to pre-write most of my journal entries on a simple text editor and copying it into the real journal entry form later. This is a bit inconveniant, but at least that way I can be sure to have a back-up copy of any entry I write. That is of course until an (improved) draft version is avaiable on dA.

However, if you do have a blog and it contains the same information you want to share on dA, you could just copy the finished blog entry or parts of it into your dA journal (linking to your blog).

Spending less time in the journal writer lowers the risk of accidentally closing the window/ tab.

:)
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:iconrosaarvensis:
rosaarvensis Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Writing journals in stash writer is stupid, full of bugs and looks awful. Please turn it off because I can't even edit a journal entry that I submitted yesterday :|
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:iconstephanosb:
StephanosB Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
^^ You Need to focus On Artworks not the best way to blah blah blah there are a lots of page about blah blah ...
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:iconpeterlime:
PeterLime Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Why can't I post :thumbs: in my journals? And can't see ones posted in other people journals?
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:iconbrookette:
Brookette Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've had this problem too, thought it was just me. Hope it fixed soon.
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:iconpeterlime:
PeterLime Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Sorry to say that Brooke, but I'm happy that isn't only me! :D
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:iconbrookette:
Brookette Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i was gonna say that to you too! lol
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:iconpeterlime:
PeterLime Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
:D
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:icontavalyara:
TavalyaRa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Did you know that journals comprise about 25% of posts submitted daily?

Probably because a journal is something you can punch out quickly to get your feelings out, whereas art takes more time and effort.

Journals are an integral part of the deviantART experience, and coming soon, they'll receive the spotlight they deserve.

No, they don't. Journals are not supposed to be presentation pieces, just announcements to people's watchers.
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:iconkumosama:
KumoSama Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
In all honesty I think this is really, really awful. It's like mixing up Journals with Deviations, and I don't like that. I just think it is really, really annoying and I haven't talked to a single person here who likes it! :(

We would all really appreciate it if the journal thing was just removed. Most of the comments below seem to say the same!
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:iconcaterpillartomoko:
caterpillartomoko Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I really do not like it.
I only wanted to edit a bit of journal and I have to go through all the sta.sh stuffs.
And my faved News are gone!

Journals are journals and News are news. Do not mixed them together, please.
You are NOT Facebook. Stop trying to be like one.

Where are the golden days were people do appreciate artwork, giving comments, and actually fave it than using bots to fave it for you?
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:iconbardofinsanity:
BardOfInsanity Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Please change the journals back to the way they were, or at least give us the option to choose between Old and New systems. It took me an hour to figure out how to work the new system - submitting an ACTUAL deviation is easier then a journal now. Or are you going to change that too?
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:iconckrzysz09:
ckrzysz09 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
JOURNAL IS JOURNAL. NEWS IS NEWS. DEVIATION IS A DEVIATION. orz
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:iconfrubban:
Frubban Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Out of all the changes that dA has made, this has got to be the dumbest one.
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:iconluckynesu:
luckynesu Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
i never realized how useful news was until i lost it, lol. i think it's ok to make personal journal into deviation, but please put it in deviation section in front page (or another separate place). i'd really like to get news section back, please>_<
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:iconcold-nostalgia:
cold-nostalgia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i faved news that provided alot of resourses so i can go back to them later from my profile. But now DA got rid of the faved News widget
Is there a way I can see them??
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:iconyumemedley:
YumeMedley Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist
I do not think this is a good idea. Many journals are targeted towards a very specific audience (watchers, friends, etc.). The old news was something more general that was for the public. Journals are not news to the rest of deviantART. This new feature should be removed. I would like to get back to reading about interesting articles from real journalists or hobbyist. Not insider jokes.
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:iconseeressyeul:
SeeressYeul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
I hate this new journal layout as i said before but is there a way for us members to select multiple journals that we've written and delete them?
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:iconseeressyeul:
SeeressYeul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
Dear DeviantART Admins,

The new journal layout is poo. I do not want my journals, to be favorited or submited as a deviation. Please change it back.

Love from fellow member,
*KairiNamineSoraRoxas
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
I think this belongs to the worst ideas dA ever had. :no:
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:iconseeressyeul:
SeeressYeul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
:thumbsup:
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
dA had MANY bad ideas. :nod:
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:iconseeressyeul:
SeeressYeul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
Yes, but they weren't as bad as this journal issue.
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
I was just saying. :)
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:iconseeressyeul:
SeeressYeul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Writer
I know.
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:icondasghul:
DasGhul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
Good. :)
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:icongisapizzatto:
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured: [link]
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:iconwolfofrebellion:
WolfOfRebellion Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist
It seems that dA began its slow-but-sure suicide by adding Sta.sh. I can't even delete nor edit my journal entries. Also, skins doesn't work anymore.

Plz dA, give us our old journals, this is totally pointless!!!
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:iconinertesinepties:
InertesInepties Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   General Artist
What is this? I don't want my journal entries to be deviations! Nor do I care about popular journals. And the new journal editor is so confusing, there are too many options I don't need. Why go through sta.sh to edit a simple text? I bet this update thing has become a business. BOO!
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:icongeneral-ebonrose:
General-EbonRose Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sooo, actual news doesn't exist anymore? I dunno. I'll probably get used to the change, but I think it's complicated things a bit. One of my issues is that a lot of Skins look really silly on the deviation-style pages. A lot of people had their journal pages organized because the journals were meant to be displayed with the widgets on the right.

But my biggest problem with this whole thing. I can't edit my group's blog entries. There's no button for it. Please. Fix this quickly.
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:icontajii-chan:
Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As with all updates on deviantART, I will eventually grow used to this. But I'm not too happy with this change..

I personally think the new "News" page is too cluttered and that the addition of journals makes things more confusing. Writing my journals is incredibly difficult. If my internet lags, there's no way I can hope to write a journal entry. The layout is confusing and hard to navigate.

Also, the fact that journals can be "faved" also somehow irks me. If anything, journals are personal statements made by people; they're not portrayals of concepts like an art piece is. When I search, I want to search for art, NOT for journals. The two are not the same thing.

This new system doesn't make things easier; it just seems to make things more complicated. Sometimes change is great but I can't say that I'm particularly happy about this new idea..
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:iconwater-melony:
Water-Melony Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
um, i can't edit group blogs now :hmm: hope that gets fixed
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:iconfablerhythm:
Fablerhythm Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This might have actually been a good idea if it were implemented in a way that wasn't totally awful (◡‿◡✿) you can barely even type a journal because the Stash page lags so bad
I don't want to see someone whining and crying about being offended as a top news story
the news page worked so much better before because only stuff that was actually news that people cared about got any attention. Now it's only a matter of how many watchers you have.
I"ve pretty much just resolved to move to blogspot instead of try and relearn all of these extra cHanGes that have sprung up out of literal nowhere
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:iconevolutionhotline:
evolutionhotline Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
i agree. don't ever keep things in working order, when pissing everyone off is a much higher priority.
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:iconthearcticflame:
TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to ask: how the heck are people supposed to see my news articles now? I'm not a popular deviant, so the stuff I post never gets on the front page. What if I have something I want people to see, a contest, a feature, or regular news? No one's going to see it!

I liked that news and journals were separate. Important articles (top news) used to show up on the bottom of the page. Now only popular journals by popular deviants will be seen. And not everyone is interested in personal journals. I want to know what's going on in the community, not a deviant's personal life.

I like the ability to fave journals, but keep it away from my favourite deviations. I want my fave news widget back on my page.
Separate news from journals. I want to see top news, not most faved journals.
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:iconevolutionhotline:
evolutionhotline Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
it's no use, they don't listen to their community anymore. they're just intent on losing as many members as they can.
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:iconthearcticflame:
TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That must be why I see so many people transferring to tumblr. >__>
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:iconaspirin111:
aspirin111 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't say that, I know for a fact that dA has a lot of respect for their community, unlike a LOT of other big websites. And I know dA will ctrl+z this update once it realizes no one wants it ands no one is welcoming it with open arms.
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:iconavearia:
Avearia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I wish I could 'like' this comment.
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:iconthearcticflame:
TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One more thing to add to the frustration dA is currently giving us, but that would probably be the least of our problems.
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:iconksoldier:
KSoldier Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Question:
How I can edit old journals or how I can delete the ones no longer needed?
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:iconroboraccoon:
RoboRaccoon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leave it to dA members to whine about every single change..
I like it. Good job dA! :clap:
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:iconvera-san:
vera-san Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Just because some people aren't exactly satisfied with the changes doesn't mean we don't have a right to give feedback.
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:iconroboraccoon:
RoboRaccoon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not saying that you're not allowed to give any feedback, I never said anything like that. What I'm saying is that the only comments I ever see on any change made by the dA team are always like "THIS SUXXX" and "Why do you have to ruin everything ? ALWAYS ADHGHTGK". Feedback is when you say what you don't like, calmly. And then suggest what could be done instead.
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