It was J-Land's third anniversary a few weeks ago. Ho-hum.
What's to celebrate? That there are still people here?
All the movers and shakers who made
this place great, with a few exceptions, are now writing "blogs."
And those blogs feel so different and distanced from their AOL journals.
Graphically for starters. There's a textbook feel to them. They've lost their bright, cheery, let's turn on
some music and dance feel and assumed a somber, let's be serious, we're
writing a blog tone. No matter that they're writing the same kind of
stuff for the most part.
The blogs also feel distant, certainly less accessible, because
commenting, adding pictures, etc., requires so much effort on Blogger.
AOL for all its lame attempts to make you feel
like this is a community actually remains more user-friendly. But only
you're on a PC. Not for those of us on MACs. One
word: Spellcheck. Not for Macs. Another word:
Firefox. If I don't use Firefox I can't do anything but type in
one size font. Forget links.
Meanwhile, AOL continues treating
its paying members with their usual disdain -- now offering AOL service
almost entirely FREE when you use another internet provider. Yep, they
can do that because they have so much revenue from those banner ads on
paying members' journals.
The only nice piece of news from headquarters was hearing that some
heads did roll over the member information screw up. Remember that
heartwarming story? When half a
million computer logs were handed over to nosy internet research types.
So, the third anniversary of AOL Journals arrived in July to considerable ennui. On my part at least.
The community was rent asunder last fall. The party ended. The VIVIs
are gone. This place is a cemetery of dead journals. But it's