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!