Wednesday, October 01, 2008

NightMare on AOL Street

I woke up a little while ago almost worn out from the dream I was having. It was one of my three reoccurring nightmares. The theme to this one is I am back at school because I have failed to complete all the credits required to graduate. It is usually college where I wander around some unfamiliar campus looking for some obscure building that I have never seen before!

This time I was a rotten teenager. Or rather I was 20 years old. I know this because as I slipped on my ten ton back pack, my half ton purse loaded with all my essentials, my lunch which was a sandwich crammed into a tiny plastic Tupperware thing and the top didn't fit and my sandwich got wet because it was raining I calculated how I was too old for 20. I decided to skip school and was farting around looking for the text books thinking that "Dad" would leave to go to work and I would be home free. Only Dad was Gabriel Byrne (wow!) and was on to my tricks, reluctantly I struggled into that damn back pack when this witch arrives on the scene and says she is Gabriel's fiance and that erupts into a shouting match of some magnitude. Then I wake up and go "Wow!" and I was exhausted.

This is one of those many times when I really miss Joe (who is on assignment). He always listens patiently to my rambles about the dream and inevitably the questions, "What do you think it means?" or "What do you think about that?" and the usual one, "What brought that on?"

I suppose I was just unsettled because of the forced evacuation of AOL Journals. Yesterday I began to back up my journal by engaging in the laborious task of copying and pasting into Microsoft Word. In a way it was soothing to revisit many of those entries. Some I had sought out, like the one about the Jesuit who told about the possessions of people and places, but most were tiny gems of the necklace of my AOL Journal. I was prolific at the beginning and I breath a sigh of relief knowing that I slowed down in time!

I am lucky because I have been blogging on both AOL and Blogger since the beginning, so the majority of my entries are also parked in this journal, which has assumed many names, the beauty of Blogger, you can change your name!!

And as many of my AOL friends will find out, Blogger is a safe haven. And as they become more comfortable they will marvel at the tools available to them to continue the community outside the confines of AOL.

Number one, your counters will always work!! You can manipulate your pictures to insert them into different areas of your text. You can write an entry and save it rather than publish it right away. You can link up to Flickr and Slideshow and a multitude of other fun stuff that was unavailable on AOL. You can take on advertising yourself and reap the benefits rather than AOL using us and our journals for gain.

The list goes on and on, but I have not had my coffee yet.


Donna said...

I like Blogger too. I really love Wordpress, but there are things there I just haven't taken time to figure out.

Now I don't have to keep two blogs going, which I have been doing for two years because some of the AOL readers refused to visit any blog outside AOL.

Indigo said...

I'm beginning to enjoy the Blogger format. As for the dream does sound as though it's a bit of rebellious nature to the upheaveal. I started on AOL, in that aspect it does hold some lingering hold. Otherwise I'm loving the new adventure. (Hugs)Indigo

Lori said...

Well then have that coffee, Mary, and get back to us with more of that list! Seriously, counters? We have counters? How and where? We can move our pictures around inside our text anywhere we want? Do we have to be really, really good at html to do that?? As for your dream, wow! I have a similar recurring one where I am in high school and I've lost my class/books/assignments/locker and finally I think to myself one of two things -- either "Hey! I graduated a long time ago!" or "Good grief, this is a dream and I don't have to be here!"

ada said...

Hi Mary. It's taking a little patience but I think I'll have this down just in time for, well, let's just hope this site doesn't do what AOL did and I'll be fine! I did that trash journal thing with aol as well and kept it private. It worked out. I'll try it here as well.Thanks for the support! I love the way you write and look forward to visiting often.

D said...

nightmare? no pun intended right? LOL

Monica said...

I really like the blogspot with my business blog and had wanted to move over here for the personal stuff. However, I felt I'd be all alone, on my own.

I haven't backed up my journal - not sure what I want to do with it or more importantly if time will allow me to back it up. The instructions I read had my head spinning.


Far Side of Fifty said...

Hey Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I enjoyed your blog! Are you a reader or what? I will know where to come when I am in search for a good book!
I think it is important to blog (Copy and paste) in more than one area, I have three and almost daily print them out and put them in page protectors in a 3 ring binger .. YES I may have ODC when it comes to my blog!!