Frequently Asked Question #222. How do I post an entry to my journal?

Use the Post an Entry page to post entries to your journal; this page has an auto-save feature that keeps the entry draft you are working on in the event that your browser closes. You can also update your journal using downloadable clients, My LJ (also known as the "Portal"), LJ Talk, mobile posting, or the LiveJournal bookmarklet.
The Post an Entry page has two ways to update or later edit your journal entries. The Rich Text editor offers buttons for styling and formatting your entry; the HTML editor allows you to directly enter HTML code with your entry. You can switch between the Rich Text editor and the HTML editor at any time by clicking on the tabs next to the entry's Subject field. You may also choose either editor as your default using the options on the display tab of the settings page.

The Rich Text editor requires JavaScript and might not work with some web browsers. You may be able to use the Rich Text editor by upgrading your browser to the latest version and making sure that JavaScript is enabled. Otherwise, you will either need to use the HTML editor, update your journal using a different browser, or use a downloadable client with similar Rich Text features.

Entry Auto-Save

While you are logged in, the Post an Entry page uses JavaScript to save your entry text every 30 seconds; other entry settings (such as the selected userpic) are not saved. When you reopen the Post an Entry page, you will be prompted to restore the entry from the auto-save draft. The draft will be cleared when you post your entry or choose to discard the auto-save draft.

If your browser does not support auto-save or you cannot enable JavaScript, you can save drafts of your entries on your computer or use a downloadable client with draft and auto-save features; check your individual client's documentation for additional information.

You can save more than one draft in the New Post editor. All of them can be edited, deleted or posted. The list of your saved drafts can be found at manage page or through "Drafts" button.
Also you can share your draft with another user by using secret link that can be obtained at the bottom of the New Post editor page. The draft will be visible throught this link for any user despite it's privacy settings.

Pasting text from external applications

If you paste an entry from an external application (such as a word processing program) into the Rich Text Editor, and if your browser, operating system, and application support it, the Rich Text Editor will automatically insert HTML markup to preserve the formatting. To avoid this, you can switch to the HTML editor before you paste your text into the entry (this will remove all the tags and formatting that would have been inserted with the text), or switch to it afterward (this will show the tags and will let you remove the ones you don't want).

Note that pasting from some applications will sometimes add characters that are not UTF-8 and cause error messages or incorrect characters.

Last Updated: December 20th, 2017

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