1. If you choose to leave AOL over the ads in our journals, what will you miss most? If you choose to stay, what is your motivation to do so?
I chose to leave. I am firm on my principles and do not accept ads that imply that I might endorse a diet supplement (potential problem with my RN license therefore my livelihood) nor am I willing to imply endorsement of any company that is a direct competitor with my husband’s livelihood….boils down to stealing from my family IMHO…..notes ads described have appeared above my name on my journal.
I miss and MOURN the incredible community we built. I am grateful to have re-connected with fellow refugees as we affectionately call ourselves and CONTINUE to maintain relationships with those J-Landers who remain and accept and respect my choice just as I accept and respect their choice to stay.
2. Given the great exodus of people over the ads in their journal space, do you think the AOL community in J-Land will suffer?
But ALL of us, whether we stay or leave, ultimately determine if we lose that community we have fostered. We all have a choice there and yes, right now that requires we work a little bit harder. I am doing my part. What are you doing?
3. Do you believe that AOL will respond to the many complaints? Why or why not?
I used to be a community leader for AOL….AMOM Austa at your service!….Having said that I can attest that we community leaders often knew of big changes long before they were implemented by AOL. We were admonished to keep it quiet until AOL unveiled them and we were advised to always be supportive of the changes. Never, ever were changes reversed no matter how big the uproar….and I did weather an ugly one in my community I led. I doubt AOL will rescind this. To me that is a sad testament of big corporate world’s view on customer service.
4. Why did you start to journal in the first place, and will you miss it if you leave?
For me, for my children as a legacy to their mom’s thoughts….the bonus is I found a voice I thought was lost years ago, an audience and friends.
I will still be blogging and you are welcome to keep on reading.
5. Will you miss those who stop reading your journal, if you leave, or if they’ve left, and will you take steps to continue reading their words?
I’m still reading! What are you doing?
Iguess like all relationships, people come and go without one word goodbye in our lives. It is sad but they chose to walk out without even a wave. I haven’t said goodbye to anyone….a few who emailed me commenting I shouldn’t leave and all never acknowledged my response that I am still here and still reading their blogs. It hurts, yes….I’m human and I do bleed real blood. But as some come and go without a word others come that stay and enrich my life all the more and I am blessed because of them.
Again, I have made my choice. I am still here and reading and commenting when my juggling permits it….lately not so much because of my own choice and preserving a year’s worth of my journal….but I am here still.