Saturday, January 14, 2006

With A Heavy Heart

Cleaning House

I have begun to thin down my Blogline roster. I have begun to eliminate the AOL journals that are no longer. Most of them are now on Blogger, so it was a duplicate listing more or less.

I have also been deleting the journals that are no longer used. My finger hung over SloMo's. I miss her so much. I left it, hoping that one day I will log on and find she has returned.

This is a subject that has been beat to death. We all realize that the advertisements will remain over the AOL journals and there is not a thing we can do about it. The whole infrastructure of Journal Land has been breached. It will never regain the glory it once had. I do not even check out the Guest Editor of the week any longer.

I do not recognize the journals highlighted. Sigh. I guess I could acquaint myself with some new ones. That is the point, isn't it? Being exposed to new journals? I guess I am just having a case of sour grapes. I miss everything about the "Old School" AOL Journals.

I remember finding the journals the first time. I had just read a book by the author of Pamie.Com. I had no idea there was such a thing as Blogs. I found several communities out there and was all torn up thinking I had to learn Html!! I signed on one day and there it was...that cute little house logo thing AOL Journals had (do they still have it?) and I found my home.

I journaled under another screen name for sometime before finding Alphawoman a home. It was so great in the beginning. There seemed to only be a handful of us and every single day five journals were highlighted!!!

Isn't that all of us met each other?

It seems so spoiled now.

It is with a great sadness I delete journals I loved to read because they no longer exist. I have always been one to reflect and hold on to the past. But my bloglines is out of control.

So, farewell my old friends. I hope you are happy and content where ever you are.


tess said...

I'll try again. The last couple of comments I have tried to leave did not post! No idea why.
Took me a year to develop a journal habit and then poof, so many disappeared or scattered.

Cynthia said...

I've been doing the same thing, and it is sad, It wasn't until the move to Blogger that I let Slomo off my blogroll as well. Sometimes I think that blogging has its own stages of development, and I wonder where I am now and what will come next.

Lisa :-] said...

Even for me, who didn't have that big of a "sphere of influence" in Jounal Land, it has been a sad experience to watch people get mad, fall off, and go away.

But I think a lot of peope were almost to the point where they wanted out, and the AOL j-land crash gave them the right excuse to go. I'm going to keep on writing, though..even though my readership, in BOTH journals (Coming to Terms and Better Terms) has dwindled to nothing! It doesn't bother me as much as it once might have...

Paul said...

I always thought of it as an honor to be one of the few journals listed on the Alphawoman sidebar.

Becky said...

I am right there with ya. It broke my heart not to add SloMo to my Bloglines roll. I sent her a Christmas card but haven't heard even a whisper of a rumor as to what she is up to these days.