The Future of JournalLife

Starting in the late 90s and continuing until a few years ago, I led the development effort for all of the JournalLife software products. Suffice to say, JournalLife was a huge part of my life for many years. Ruth contacted me a few months ago to let me know she was retiring and to discuss what to do with the company. Faced with the possibility of JournalLife not being around anymore, I started to feel quite sad and it became clear to me how much the product meant to me. After some conversation, Ruth and I worked out an arrangement and I’m very pleased to announce that as of May 1st, 2019, I’m now the owner of JournalLife.

The upkeep and support of the product have been a little neglected for the last couple of years for various reasons but rest assured, that is no longer the case. My team and I are working hard to get caught up on all the support channels and are actively working on software upgrades. Which brings me to the next point…

I would like to personally invite everyone to become a member of the steering committee for the technological future of the product by Clicking Here, viewing and contributing to our ChangeMap. Using ChangeMap, you can suggest features and also discuss and vote on features suggested by others. You will have full transparency of what we are currently working on and what is coming up next.

We are preparing to release a new version of the online software in the next few days that updates the core platform and addresses a few longstanding issues. If you ever want to preview the upcoming release, just go to https://beta.journallife.me and use the same login as the production site. This site functions as a public preview of the latest software before it has been officially released to production.

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly be rebranding the product to JournalLife so you will see the name and logos being swapped out as a result of the terms of the change of ownership.

I’m fully committed to breathing new life into the product and I hope you will all join me on the journey to create the next generation of journaling software.

If you would like to receive further announcements via email regarding upcoming features and releases, click here to join our beta list.

Lee Jones

This entry has 12 comments

  1. andy says:

    I am so excited about you taking LifeJournal to a new level, Lee. My 4,610 entries into my program testify to my love for it. Yes, I do have some quirky issues I need some help with (minor category-related stuff).

    I would be very interested in being part of helping move the software forward.

    Thanks for reaching out like this.

  2. Garybisogna says:

    Glad to hear that LifeJournal (JournalLife) will be continuing it on. I usually recommend it whenever I give workshops on therapeutic writing. My best wishes to Ruth. She has been a vanguard and has always been very responsive to concerns, in my experience. gary b

  3. Julianne says:

    I would be delighted to help in any way I can. I’ve been writing my journal since 1965. My husband and I have recently experienced a rather catastrophic “reversal of fortune” and have lost nearly everything. I will spare you the whiny details, but I don’t even have my backups of Life Journal any more! The laptop that I managed to rescue didn’t even have LJ installed because I used a different one for my writing.

    So please deal me in… I would love to be able to use my favorite program again!

    Thanks so much!

  4. Scot says:

    I am glad to hear this. I am not sure many know but many developers out on the internet work for someone else. The programs that they sell are a part time business for them. They don’t update their applications very often or fix issues. It is a shame that it is out there. I know because the developers admitted it to me. I would love to help as well. Thanks.

  5. djgregt says:

    Thanks for keeping this software active!

  6. Pearl says:

    Glad to hear that LifeJournal is to continue and be revitalised. I used it for an Open University writing course many years ago and also for personal journaling. My preference is to keep my journal on my computer and back up to USB stick, so I didn’t use the LifeJournal online option. If I can help, I would be happy to contribute.

  7. judy says:

    Lee, I think I worked with you years ago on some issues I was having with the Windows version I had initially installed with a CD – glad to know that you are still involved. I just looked at the program on my Windows Surface and the first entry there was in 2004. I may have lost earlier ones in a computer crash. I haven’t used it much for several years for many reasons, but have kept up my payments because I wanted to continue to support Ruth, keep access to my paltry few entries I made online, and kept hoping it would become more current and more portable since I primarily use a Mac and IOS devices. There are other reasons that have nothing to do with LifeJournal(JournalLife) that I’ve not continued keeping a journal but I do miss it and keep thinking I will.

    This program has fallen so behind in its technology that every time I log in, I am not motivated to continue using it. However, I am looking forward to seeing if you can bring this software/online up to date.

    Also, I would be very happy to have both a “hard copy” safely in my possession as well as online access to make updates while away from my computer, with fairly seamless syncing between the two.

    Looking forward to seeing the changes.

  8. Yared says:

    I used to have a journal and lost the password and then I have to go back to pen and paper. I hope I can accession it again.

  9. crowtd says:

    love the program! how about apps for apple

  10. Dave says:

    Many years ago Ruth did a fantastic presentation to the Sarasota PC Users Group. Our organization changed our name to the Sarasota Technology Users Group. I believe our membership would be very interested in Journal Life. Would you have any interest in doing a presentation?
    While I am a Past-President I am not the person responsible for arranging presentations but if interested, I will have our chairman contact you.
    Good luck and regards,
    Dave Gerber

  11. Dee says:

    I have old LJ files from version 1.

    Anyway of getting hold of the version 1 of lifejournal so i can get those files?

    Or anyway to upgrade the database to LJ 2 or 3??

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