Should I make my garden journal "public" or "private"?

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

It would be helpful for those who maintain garden journals here at Dave's Garden if you could discuss the pros and cons of public vs. private journals.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Anybody? Surely there are a few members who have chosen to mark their journals "public" and a few more who have decided to keep theirs "private"...

Lilburn, GA(Zone 8a)

Terry, Is there a "primer" about the journal? I am new to the seed and plant trading; just entered an item on the seed trading. Now, I would like to know exactly what the journal is all about before I go in there.

Santa Cruz, CA(Zone 9b)

I made it public so I can point friends to things if I want.

Some people may keep it private because they don't like showing people their mental scratch space. I like that the defaults are private.

Pflugerville, TX(Zone 8b)

I don't see where the question about a journal primer was answered. I'm in the same the boat, trying to set mine up initially and struggling with it a bit. Is there any kind of tutorial ? My current issue is trying to figure out how to set up TODO list.

As for public vs private, I think public is good because it allows newbies like me to see how different people have organized their journals. I think once I get mine set up it may also be use to use as a reference in posts like Flit said. But I think the option to keep a journal private is essential. Otherwise, some people that might otherwise want to use it would not if they had to make it public.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

There is an FAQ for the journal, just as there is for each "tab" of our site. When you click on the Journal tab, go to the FAQ. It was written by one of our members, and should contain the essential information needed to get started on a journal, and answer the most common questions members have.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I have my journal set up as public for the same reason Flit has. I'd love to see a way to maintain individual journals, choosing public or private for each.

Ewing, KY(Zone 6a)

I also, have a journal but mine is marked private mainly because I still after all this time haven't figured out how to make it do what I want it to do, I get frustrated and move on. Also, I use mine for things like coop orders, my hems etc nothing that would really interest anybody else. Just things I want records of.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I'd like the option of making sections private and some public. You could point folks to your journal and still have the spot where you experiment or have personal stuff.

Lenexa, KS(Zone 6a)

I have mine as public so others can look at it and get ideas. I've often pointed people to my Journal for the purpose of showing them how I use the Journal.

I would like the opportunity to set privacy for specific journals. Right now I have them marked public and I'd like to have a daily journal (sort of a personal blog space) but don't start one because I want my other journals to be public but would want a daily one to be private.

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

I'd like that, too -- public and private. I wish they were easier to set up and maintain. I know how to use them for the basic stuff I use them for, but it's hard explaining it all to folks new to it, even with the help files available.

Cape Cod, MA(Zone 7a)

I am finding more and more uses for the journal as I go along- partly because I have looked at other journals to see how different people use them... I recently changed mine from public to private- and I wish there were a way I could share parts of it, maybe by having it password protected and sending the password to people I want to share it with.
I am very torn about making my journal private, but I do garden work for other people and I want to be free to use names- or photos which might show their homes sometimes, and I want to protect their privacy.
If I could share some journals and keep others private, that would work for me.

Ewing, KY(Zone 6a)

I think that would be great if we could make parts of it public or private. I know I have wanted to let somebody see a picture in mine before but couldn't because it was private.

Rio Rancho, NM(Zone 7b)

I also like the idea of having part of the journal public while password protecting a private portion.

Pittsboro, NC(Zone 7b)

I made mine public because I think it's nice to be able to share our gardens and to get ideas from each other. I also like to see how people have organized their journals and their gardens.

Springboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I posted this just to show how easy it is to copy a page from our journal into a thread. I had originally had my journal public, but then started to get uncomfortable about how many people were accessible to photos of my home (I have since deleted any photos of my family). I am not trying to be paranoid, and I wholeheartedly attest that DGers are wonderful people and this site is as safe as any on the internet. But, no site is completely safe... so my journal is private now.

I can access the photos on my journal and post them in threads this way:
I go to my journal and click on the specific photo that I want so that it's enlarged. Then I go up to the "address" bar at the top of the computer screen and highlight the address for that particular photo. It usually shows up as some words and numbers. Then press the control and c keys to copy. Then I go back to the thread I want to post in, and when I want to paste the address into my post I press down control and v to paste it. I'm only showing a pic/info that I've chosen to make public, but the remainder of my journal is private.

It's much less complex than it sounds. Control + C= copy and Control + V= paste. Hope this is helpful to someone. It has worked very well for me, but if admin wants to create a feature within the journal to make posting journal pages to threads easier, that would probably be more user friendly to most folks :)


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