I use org-journal for keeping my personal journal. My first entry was made on December 20, 2016 and I’ve made nearly 600 entries since then1.
Most months usually do consist of a couple dozen entries, and it’s important to me that I preserve them. One reason for using a text-based format like Org mode is that it’s portable, flexible, easy to back up, and likely to last a while. Still, I don’t trust anything digital to last forever, so I print my entries each month.
Here’s my process for exporting and printing each month’s journal entries.
Since each entry is in a separate file, I have to join them into one file containing all entries for the month. Each day’s file begins with a top-level heading with the day’s date, e.g. “Sunday, August 23 2020”. Org-journal files are properly named using an ISO date such as 2020-08-23.org so combining August’s journal files looks like this…
cat 2020-08-*.org > august.org
Now I have an Org file with all the entries for August.
For pretty output I convert the Org file to a PDF using LaTeX. I prefer a nice 2-column layout. I put the following snippet at the beginning of the file…