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I apologize in advance to all my non-AOL readers. The only way this will affect you is having to eventually change the link to my online blog.
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I'm begging the AOL-Journals Community to STOP SENDING MASS EMAILS, especially to those journalers you don't even know. This is called SPAM.
Yes, AOL has screwed its loyal paying customers by adding disgusting banner ads to all of our journals, private and non. [Don't get me started about how UK journals are ad-free!]
Yes, I am just as outraged.
Yes, I will most likely be moving my journal/blog if this doesn't get resolved.
But the only way to really make a statement is to CANCEL AOL COMPLETELY.
Going private or boycotting by not updating doesn't matter. AOL has already made it clear that it does not value its paying members. It values what most greedy corporations value most: money.
End of that story.
So please, AOL Journal Community members, if you have moved, post it in your own blog. Post it in the message boards. Post it in your profile. Your readers will find you.
If you have a message to send to the Lords of AOL, post it in your own blog. Send AOL an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Write to the AOL Journals Editor, Joe: email@example.com. Write to John Scalzi: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You're only preaching to the choir otherwise.
If you really want to stick with an AOL/AIM journal, you can cancel your paid membership and begin the same exact journal for free. At least now we know who will be picking up the slack for their free services. As of now, we are the horse's ass.
Remember, AOL Journals wouldn't exist if it weren't for us. We made this community what it is today. I speak from experience. I've been here since the beginning. The only folks more upset than me are the beta testers like Vivian, who went over and above to create and promote this community.
Our lives are changed, forever. It just may be time to move on.
WE are the community. Not AOL. Let's stick together. Peace.