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Jump into a new journal portal!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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mamorukin 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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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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