Saturday, February 28, 2004

Less is More

For those already deep in the world of beta  - Did you know, it limits your audience to AOL Members Only?  Beta journals can only be read within the AOL software.  So for those of us who read journals in Explorer, we're missing out on the full beta version and you're missing out on your full readership.

That's not so bad for me because I actually have AOL.  But if you have friends "on the outside" they just may be left there.  While you're making full use of your 25,000 characters, they'll be stuck in no-man's-land, waiting for the punchline.  Then again, they'll also be left with a lot more time on their hands!

I don't mind - but it takes me longer to get to your journals this way.  I do most of my "beta reading" at the same time because I do all other journal reading in Explorer, through bloglines. If I click on a link and the first thing I see is, "To read the full beta version, click here," I immediately "mark unread" and move on to the next journal.  Sorry, it's just more efficient that way.  I have 59 subscriptions in bloglines - and that's not even all of them. [note to self: update bloglines this weekend]

I never get through my list in one day.  Some of you know that because you haven't seen me in your journals for a while.  Now with the beta version, and ten times the character limits, it's taking me ten times as long to read!  This triggers my reading phobia.  The more I avoid it, the more new entries pile up, and the more overwhelming it feels.

I was telling Bridgett I feel like PeeWee Herman in PeeWee's Big Adventure. That scene where he's walking by a pet store that's caught on fire.  He rushes in to save all the animals and brings them out one group at a time.  Each time he goes in, he shivers as he avoids saving the snakes.  He saves every last animal until the only ones left are the snakes.  We think he's going to leave them for dead but next we see him running out of the petstore with a bouquet of snakes in each hand.  He passes out!

While you may think I've left your journal for dead, please know I will eventually get there and read every last word, but I just may pass out from my own terror!

21 comments:

wessolo said...

Actually, if you just put beta. before the journal.aol.com...you can read the entire beta version in Microsoft Explorer. At least you can read it on my Explorer. But then, I've always been called special.

freeepeace said...

JAMEY - Go figure. This glitch has been UNglitched. Even yesterday I still couldn't read beta in explorer. But I CAN today! Great, one issue solved... but it still doesn't ease my reading phobia. Let's face it, if you're writing in beta, you're probably doing it so you can make use of the character increase. And it just takes THAT MUCH MORE TIME TO READ. ::sigh::

derossetfamily said...

Well ya learn something new everyday, thanks for sharing. Dont be scared of my J, I havent ventured into beta land yet, although if I just add beta to the url I magically have the beta version even though I didnt sign up, so far everyone elses Ive tried does the same thing..maybe try that? You just stick beta. right before journals in the url.
~Mary

derossetfamily said...

Ooops! Shoulda read the comments BEFORE commenting :p
~Mary

diannevan said...

Freee - man, you hit the nail on the head. I think the longer posts are overwhelming, too. I've got my own two cents to add to your entry, but it's more than I can write in a comment section.

freeepeace said...

MARY - It was that little hint that prompted this entry. Everyone seems to be hip to the "just add beta" thing. Constant changes around here! [I'm NEVER afraid of your Journal!]

DIANNE - I'm almost afraid to post this but...if you want to leave a longer comment [on any journal] just do so in the beta version. The full comment will appear in both beta and non-beta versions. [good info for those of us who respond to all comments in our own journals.]

lucylouladybug said...

Oh wow, I had no idea that it didn't show up! Pooh!
But I know you've been around my journal, and I haven't missed a word
you've said. I appreciate that you've found me and taken the time to leave
heartfelt messages. Thank you Trish. It always touches my heart!
Love you, Penny

lucylouladybug said...

And if you do pass out, we're here to catch you!
Loved that story, I would have passed out from the snakes too.
~Penny~

krobbie67 said...

I love the analogy. Or, are you calling me a snake? ;-) Keeping it short. Don't want to be trigger happy. :-) ---Robbie

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Ooohh...I didn't realize this. I sorry, Trish-girl! But I promise...my entries won't be THAT much longer. =) My life isn't nearly interesting enough for 25,000 characters!

Everytime I picture you and Pee Wee Herman...it makes me just wanna laugh. I've got to rent that movie again!

Hugs and Kisses,
bridgett

aims814 said...

LOL-I haven't thought of that movie in years! funny comparison! And yes, I have noticed that i've been spening more time in the beta journals... I sometimes have to read something 2x's for it to sink it I have ADD [really] and I hope I don't confuse and bore the heck out of people when I have a longer limit. You know how bad I jump subjects.

freeepeace said...

GLITCH UPDATE : Tonight I CANNOT access beta journals outside of AOL. If it weren't for GREGG's recent entry, I might not have realized this! ::sigh:: So, again, back to my original point about beta and MIE...

The GLITCH is back [Stone cold sober as a matter of fact!]
I can GLITCH, I can GLITCH cuz I'm better than you... :P


PENNY - I will always find you - so long as you want to be found, that is. :) Love you too!

ROBBIE - You leave some of the most witty comments in here! I love you for that [among many other reasons].

BRIDGETT - You may recall my original analogy with this story was that dang pile of clothes rotting on the dryers downstairs! I need to rent that movie again too!

MIA - You definitely don't bore me. And as much as you "jump subjects" I never seem to be confused either. It's like I'm right there with you! Perhaps it's because of my self-diagnosed ADD. :P

itsjustusinnc said...

LMAO! Funny! Now may I ask: why on earth do you view things in AOL outside of AOL? I'm just curious. I HAD almost 80 subscriptions in BlogLines but I just deleted 11 because I don't have the time. And there are 5 or 6 more that will probably go by the end of the week. It's just too frickin much. :-) And speaking of catching up: I'm about to drop dead here so don't update this thing until I come back tomorrow. LOL! I'm drowning in the entries I've missed the last few days. :-)

Gregg

ondinemonet said...

Trish, I love it so much when you drop by, I will be waiting patiently while you make the rounds and keep the chocolate handy :) Love, Carly :)

jennipooh3597 said...

LOL - I didn't realize my pals not on aol couldn't access the beta brand.... hmmm. They havent' said anything... maybe they think I'm being weird again... k, not a far stretch LOL thanks for the info though :) I am thinking of reverting to my Mud Puddle Pools - I feel kinda lost without it :) Got attached to that journal and hated to change names :( Thanks for your comment in my journal :) Jenn

babyshark28 said...

My journal is supposed to be in Beta, are you having any trouble reading it?? I don't link it to a new journal, I just kept my new one and made it a beta journal. I don't know if that's what I am supposed to do..but, that is what I did. let me know if your too scared to come my way! LOL I don't want that! :) xo

donah42 said...

Ha Ha! You make me want to see Pee Wee! I think it's time the Pie saw one of the all-time movie classics!

bhpcr said...

Love that movie..PeeWee is a fave :) I am so computer illiterate ..I signed up for beta and decided it was too complicated for me at this point. I saw John Scalzi's link toThe Frug Web designer..and that lead me to HTML 101 so I signed up..hope it makes sense to me. I don't have a lot of the basics so I hope that's a good place to start. Like what are bloglines and how do you get the journals you want on them? See what I mean? ~Barb

slowmotionlife said...

The longer entries are making it harder on me too. I have limited patience. ::sigh:: I think I would have personally liked to see them up the character limit to 3,000 and have it NOT include ANY markup. That would have been perfect on my end. Great entry! Didn't know that about explorer!!

queenz43 said...

I don't know how familiar you are with the song "Get Here" by Oleta Adams, but your entry reminded of some of the lyrics. Specifically: " I don't care how you get here, get here when you can." I love hearing from you so much, it doesn't matter when you get to where I am. I'll just look out for you and welcome you each time you make it! And I mean that.
~RC~

musenla said...

It's tough to get through a full list of journal reads in one night, you'll to be willing to be up until the crack of dawn, usually. I been doing blitzkriegs on a couple of nights a week, doing nothing but that, and purely writing entries on others.

I haven't gone beta for that reason, I hope this isn't true when it's launched next month. D. reads my journal through Safari!