AOL has given me my journal back, except for two entries I added this morning where I was griping about AOL. I wonder if that's coincidence? I was threatening to start blogging at Blogspot.com. It's much more user-friendly. If I leave AOL, my journal here is gone, archives and all. But before you know it, I'd have plenty to look back on at Blogspot.com. I've started a blog there. Made one entry in May, when AOL was having troubles. I added one today with a picture, to find out if I could post pictures easily. I may wean myself gradually... make one entry here, the next one there, until I know for sure it's satisfactory.
I'm not sure journals was the only AOL problem today. I went into a chat room briefly and said hello. The only other comment I made was " :-x ". But something another person typed showed up in the chat as if it were me saying it. You could get in a lot of trouble that way! I can't say I'd be concerned about losing chat rooms if I left AOL. The only one I care about is a private one with AOL groups, made up of trusted friends; and I can still go there with AIM.