|The Sharpest Lives CDJ (sharpest_lives_) wrote,|
@ 2020-05-21 13:41:00
|Entry tags:||resources: tutorials: insanejournal, writer: reference|
One of my character development journals looks like this. The link will open in a new tab. For anybody that's interested in maintaining one of these for themselves, I'm going to go over how I've got mine set up on my various journals. There's a lot of different ways to use a CDJ but this is how I use mine.
On most of my CDJs, such as Lestat's. you'll notice that I have two sidebars and the center column holds all my posts.
On the left side, I have one of the 'custom text' blurbs for a quote or perhaps some lyrics. Maybe a couple key points about my character. I also have my tags list on this side. The tags run in a hierarchy, but I'll get to that later.
On the right, I have my links list (which is actually one module, despite looking like two), and another blurb where I've put a tiny disclaimer/note.
In the center column, above all my posts, is my dropbox. This has a little blurb for my character and a gif of some sort. Hidden underneath a text cut is a more formal disclaimer. The general "I'm not this person, I don't own this series, blah blah blah".
My dropbox is kind of a pinned post in the way that I set the date of that post way in the future so then all posts I make will show up under that post. People can comment my dropbox to get in touch with me if need be. It's also tagged, just because I can.
On InsaneJournal, the tagging system is very clean and minimalistic. You have a 40-character limit for your tags, including spaces and symbols. If you decide one day you don't like a certain tag, you don't have to go through all your journal posts and rename the tag. InsaneJournal has a handy link on their sidebar labeled "Manage Tags" and from there, I can rename one tag and it will automatically change for all the posts with that tag.
As I said earlier, the tags on your main journal page can run in a hierarchy (or an unordered list). There's also a cloud option when you go to customize your journal, but I don't like the cloud format.
To make a tag hierarchy, we use words and colons (:).
As you can see on Lestat's journal, I have a bunch of tags that are like muse: topic. If I tag a post with just "muse", then "muse" will become a tag link by itself. I try to keep to a max of three hierarchy levels.
LEVEL ONE: ( MUSE )
LEVEL TWO: ( MUSE: TOPIC )
LEVEL THREE: ( MUSE: TOPIC: SUBTOPIC )
If I use muse: topic, then "muse" will become a little text header, and topic will become the tag link. The link moves down the line as you add more hierarchy levels. I tend to stick to short words and try to not use more than two for each level, because of the character limit. If something is more than two words, I might paraphrase with acronyms, like 'JCB' for 'Jamie Campbell Bower'.
Below the system selection, there's another section for the "links list".
10 (link title) (link url)As you can see here, the links descend in digital increments of 10. If I put a title on 10 and no link URL, 10 will become a link header.
20 (link title) (link url)
30 (link title) (link url)
40 (link title) (link url)
50 (link title) (link url)
On my links list, I have a header, three links, another header, and two more links. When I created the new header under the initial three links, it created a "break" in the links module so it looks like I have two link lists instead of just one. This will differ from layout to layout, but this is how it works on A Small Affair.
This gray space is the main links module.Makes sense now, right? The layout I use allows for quite a lot of links, but I try to keep them to a minimum so I don't have to reorder everything. I wish there was a better way to configure the links but there isn't, unfortunately.
The white spaces are governed by your input.
I'm using mine as an example.
That link holds some of the more important information, like how to create a text cut/read-more and how to make all your (coming) posts have certain privacy levels without you having to click the little dropdown box.
Mostly on my journal, I post my drabbles, headcanons, character studies, musings, and maybe a picture or two. tessisamess has a ton of really nice character profiles/character sheets that you can fill out for your character, if that's what you're looking for. Personally, I use my own basic format for everything but you can be as extra and ostentatious as you like.