LifeJournal™ Newsletter – June 2011


We’re offering a wide buffet of options this summer to help you enrich your journaling.  I invite you to sign up for some of the upcoming journaling events. Note the variety of formats available so that you can find one for you:

 I was delighted to receive the following feedback about the International Association for Journal Writing from Karin Goldberg, a LifeJournal newsletter subscriber:

“I found the IAJW in my online adventures while looking for somewhere to learn more about journaling. What I found was an invaluable, nurturing, exciting place where I could take classes, order some of the best books about memoir writing and the personal essay, listen to and interact with amazing writers and teachers talking about their craft, and learn more about the LifeJournal software which I had downloaded several years before.

Now, I am embarking on writing my memoir, a journey of a lifetime. I doubt that I would have been ready without becoming a member of the IAJW. And, I doubt whether I would have been able to call myself a writer without all the support and instruction that I’ve received from the IAJW.”

If you are not a member of IAJW yet, join now!This month our newsletter has two articles.  One is about how to keep your LifeJournal data in the cloud—that is, saved remotely—and easily and for no cost! The other article is about the noise in your journals.

Keep writing, stay aware, and create goodness in the world,

Ruth Folit – LifeJournal software (Click the “LIKE” button!) – The International Association for Journal Writing

How to Easily Keep Your LifeJournal Data in the Cloud (And Easily Synchronize Between Computers, Too!) 

by Ruth Folit

There’s a totally free online backup service online that you can use with LifeJournal:

At no cost, it allows you to save, in total, up to 2 GB (more space available, if you pay a fee) to a remote server and have access to those files from any computer connected to the internet.

You can use the Dropbox service with LifeJournal for two purposes: (1) for backing up and (2) for synchronizing between multiple computers.

You can back up your LifeJournal data, so if/when your computer crashes, you won’t ever lose another journal entry! It’s easier than backing up to a USB flash drive–there’s nothing to carry with you. There’s a simple video on that shows you the basic idea of the service and a file to download onto your computer to install Dropbox.  I recommend that you go to to learn more.


The files that you want to back up are in C:\My Documents\LifeJournal\[YourName]. 

 To backup your LifeJournal data on Dropbox, do the following:

  1. First download and setup Dropbox on Computer A by going to
  2. Using Windows Explorer (right click on the Start button and select Explorer), copy and paste the LifeJournal\[YourName] folder (usually found in C:\My Docs\LifeJournal) into your Dropbox folder.
  3. Run LifeJournal and from the login screen, click the dropdown menu and select Open Existing Writer. Browse to the dropbox folder and select the [YourName] folder you just moved to the Dropbox folder. This will set it up so you are automatically keeping your journal data in the cloud.  (Even if you aren’t always online, the file is copied to a Dropbox folder on your hard drive, which, when you do connect online, those files will be automatically uploaded to your dropbox remote server.)
  4. From now on when you log in to LifeJournal,  your Writer’s name will appear in the login (no need to go to Open Existing Writer again).

Follow the set off instructions above and then continue with the next three steps to synchronize with  your LifeJournal program on Computer B:

  1. On computer B, download and install LifeJournal as well as downloading and installing the software.
  2. Run LifeJournal and from the login, click the dropdown menu and select Open Existing Writer.
  3. Browse to your dropbox folder and select the [YourName].ljd file (within the [YourName] folder, which you had set up previously on computer A.
  4. From now on when you log in to LifeJournal from Computer B, your Writer’s name will appear in the login (no need to go to Open Existing Writer again).

Journal Noise

by Ruth Folit 

In everyday parlance, noise is unwanted sound. In the electronics world it’s a disturbance of a signal: the hum of an audio speaker; the static from a radio station; the snow on a television screen. It’s spam in an e-mail inbox.  Noise is the stuff that not only isn’t meaningful but also gets in the way.

The question I pose is: is there anything that is equivalent to noise in your journal?

Are there entries that contain nothing but noise—have no meaning, are irrelevant, give you no insight into your world?

I raise the question because I think about whether there are times in my journal that I’m plowing the same soil, that I’m uncovering nothing new, that I’m in a rut, that I’m complaining, that I’m writing the same old same old.   Is that called noise, or is that part of the process of journaling?  Does that kind of journal writing have any meaning, or is there value in that writing?

I believe if you write random letters—ixmwp thels tuxitwy& plabyn qurxite! –then that would be noise. Those letters REALLY have no meaning.  However, I believe that even in the drivel, the whining, the re-hashing of the same insignificant baloney of life, that that writing is not noise.  Do you need an example of that kind of baloney?  (Really?!  I’ll give you an example, but I bet you can find some in your own journal: Oh, this job of cleaning out the garage feels like an impossible task.  I’ve been putting it off and putting it off.  I’m not sure I can even do it! I hate doing this–so dusty and filled with bugs and just unmanageable. Did I write about this same thing last year—and I never actually cleaned out the garage?)

That kind of writing might not propel you into action, but it is information about yourself.  It may tell you what you obsess about; what you are stuck in; what thought patterns are unproductive.

These writings –and noticing them—may take you beyond, to a wiser, deeper, or a more productive place. Or not. What do you think?

I’d love to hear your thinking about it.  I’m posting this article on the LifeJournal blog at  Write a response by clicking on the “comment” link that you’ll find below the post.

End Quotes:

‘…it is the idea that every life is sacred and that life is composed of details, of lost moments, of things that nobody cares about, including the people who are wounded or overjoyed by those moments. I don’t think people allow themselves to value their lives enough. They ignore and discard these fragments.” – Patricia Hampl

“The present joys of life we doubly taste by looking back with pleasure on the past.”—Marcus Aurelius

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