In the past, we didn't accept personal journals as members of the game, but we'll start to allow a "touring period" for people to join thegildedage with personal journals to look around posts and get a feel for how the game works. Then, after a period of a week or so, if they decide to apply for a character, they can do so, and their personal journal will then be removed from the community member and replaced with their new character journal.
All clear? I didn't want anyone to be confused as to what's going on. :)
If anyone has questions, feel free to ask!