LifeJournal™ Newsletter – April 2007



LifeJournal Newsletter – April, 2007

This month’s newsletter brings you information about assigning topics to journal entries.
The ability to assign topics in LifeJournal is one critical component that enhances your personal journal writing with the power of computers. I’ve heard from some LifeJournal writers that they don’t think that they are using the full potential of the LifeJournal program, and I’d like to help you take advantage of more of what LifeJournal has to offer.
Read the following questions and answers about assigning topics to entries and performing searches and you’ll be on your way to making the most of LifeJournal.


Ruth Folit
Chronicles Software Company

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Assigning Topics:
A Powerful Benefit of LifeJournal

One of the overlooked but very powerful benefits of LifeJournal is that you can search journal entries by topics. Why is this feature powerful?By re-reading specific journal entries — or particular passages of journal entries in which you have written about a topic—you will discover patterns of behavior or attitudes that you might not otherwise have noticed.
Before you can search topics you must first assign topics to selected writing. Here’s how to get started:

To the right of each journal entry is a sidebar with three tabs. Click the “Topics” tab if the Topics sidebar isn’t displayed. You’ll note that there are two list boxes in it: Entry Topics and the Topics List.

Let’s talk about the Topics List first. The Topics List is the set of all Topics that you can assign to journal entries. They are arranged in a hierarchical order–main topics followed by subtopics and sub-subtopics. By clicking the Expand All/Collapse All toggle button at the bottom of the Topics List all the subtopics and sub-subtopics appear when you click Expand, and only the main topics appear when you click Collapse.

Now that you know how to access the Topics List, let’s discuss how to assign topic(s) to an entire journal entry: We recommend that you first write your journal entry. Then go back and see what topics you have written about. In the Topics List, click the topics or subtopic(s) about which you have written.

Here’s what to do if you want to assign topic(s) to a particular passage in a journal entry: After you have written your journal entry, re-read it. Which sentences or paragraphs do you consider, particularly pithy, insightful, or filled with information that you think you might want to re-read? Select that text (that is, click and drag your mouse over it) and then click a topic in the Topics List.

A Testimonial from A Pleasantly Surprised User
I downloaded the demo version of LifeJournal for Writers after reading a review for it. I was skeptical — most of the new software and web applications I try are clunky, slow, and generally more hassle than they’re worth. This software quickly proved it was different. It didn’t take me long to fill my demo version of LifeJournal for Writers and purchase the full version. I quickly customized my topics, transfered dozens of individual files into the program, and typed page upon page of notes that were sitting around the office in various piles. In just three days I was able to recycle enough paper to create a twelve-foot stack.

LifeJournal for Writers has increased my productivity ten-fold. It helps me break down large tasks into smaller bits – a technique I teach but had never been able to truly achieve. I can work on multiple projects at once without slowing down my computer and finally have a way to organize all those random ideas for characters, plots, and articles. With the help of this software I will be able to reach all my ambitious deadlines, despite my diverse and busy career. Now I just need to figure out what to do with all these index card boxes.”

–Kimberly Dawn,,
Resources for Writers Editor
Read the entire testimonial
Performing Searches:
The Flip Side of Assigning Topics

Remember that the value of assigning topics was to perform searches by topic. Here’s the mechanics of how to perform searches, with some suggestions about the art of searching.

There are two dialog boxes that allow you to perform a search by topics. The quickest and simplest way is to use the Journal Explorer. Click theTopics tab on the left pane of the Journal Explorer and click a topic for which you want to perform a search. All journal entries that you have written that were assigned that topic will appear on the list on Journal Explorer’s right pane.

Another way of searching is by using the Advanced Search dialog, where you can search by multiple criteria. You may want to search by both date and topic. So if you are looking for everything you wrote about your husband in the last six months, enter both the date range and the topic, “husband” and then click the Search button.


End Quotes
A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience. “

— Oliver Wendell Holmes
“If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”

— Carl Jung
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