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A Simple Breakdown of the Journal Portal and Categories

(...but it has a tl;dr just in case.:paranoid:)

This tutorial was written as a resource for everyone to use, feel free to save it somewhere, bookmark, pass on the word etc. I aim to educate :hug:

My Journal or the Journal Portal?
When submitting the journal, the options look like this:

Schermafbeelding 2012-03-07 om 13.11.09 by namenotrequired
  • My Journal: determines whether it's shown on the featured section of your journal page (and the Journal widget on your profile) or not. If you untick this, it'll only show up on the browse page - just like in the Featured and Browse section of your Gallery.
  • The Journal Portal: tick this if you want your journal to be found in the Journal Portal, which can be found by clicking "journals" to the left on dA's front page. This is also required for your journal to get into the dA footer, and the "news" section of your watchers' message centers.
What category do I choose?
I will not go into all the different categories with sub categories of journals, since these are the same as they used to be for news (so nothing changed) and they do not effect the behaviour, only where it can be found (just like in other deviation categories). I'll just point out the basic structure, which is like this:
  • Personal Journal: this is the category shown when your journal is not submitted to the Journal Portal. That's why this category is not under the main "journals" category and cannot be found on the front page.
  • Journals / Personal: The default category. The difference with Personal Journal is that this category is part of the Journal Portal. They will still not show in the footer or in the news sections.
  • The other categories are Art News, Culture, deviantART Inc., and Fun. These are subcategories under the main Journals category (and thus part of the Journal Portal). Only submissions to one of these categories may reach the footer, and will come into the News section of message centers, rather than Journals.
    :noes: Note! It's important to consider whether your journal really needs to be in one of these News categories; if you're not sure check :faq687:

For the average journal, the default options are fine, but you can untick "Journal Portal" to hide your journal from general browsing. Or if your journal is an important message/announcement to the community, leave it ticked and choose another category than Journals > Personal. 
Since the merger of news and journals to a type of deviation, and the introduction of the Journal Portal, there has been quite some confusion over what the different categories mean and do! So here's a simple breakdown of how it currently works (I'll update this if it changes). Feel free to save this and use it as a referance when needed! :happybounce:
Note, though I use the traditional journal page as example, the same options appear when using writer. Oh, and there is a tl;dr. :dummy:

Thanks to *Egil21 for the inspiration of writing an editorial about this :D and to #TheFavouriteShowcase for requesting to submit this to their gallery, and for ^krissi001 for a correction.
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AsksnappedNFEN Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
((just a question, why the category changes? It restrains the journal category range severely...))
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I think this is what you're looking for?… :)
justdancer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I don't really like writing journals....

Because most of the time, something messes up on me and everything I wrote in my journal is lost.

But this sounds interesting, an I might give journal-writing another try.

namenotrequired Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Ah, odd :( It should always save them in your still. Next time this happens let me know what you did and what happened and I can hopefully help you :)

Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
For some reason, my journal doesn't give me the option to categorize it. :cries: :icongloomyrainplz:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Does it look like this: [link] ? And when you click "Journals > Personal" do you get this menu: [link] ?
Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It looks exactly like the first link!
Unfortunately, I don't get that menu! :tears:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Interface Designer
OK :nod: what happens when you click it then?
Kaseeeeyx3 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Nothing happens! :iconimhachuneplz:
It doesn't give me any options!:icontearfulplz:
It automatically makes it journal/personal. It wont let me categorize it at all! :iconilltellonyouplz:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
That's odd. Could you report it to the Help Desk, and in the meantime you can use writer :D
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