Be sure to follow the journals blog, Magic Smoke. Vish is keeping us posted on the big fade-out of AOL Journals. I assume all J-landers are getting the emails giving us more information. One thing I noticed is that we'd be better off if we didn't start our Blogger site until it's actually time to move... it will be better and easier if we don't already have our new blog up and going.
Here's what I saw in Magic Smoke: "I know a lot of you
are trying out Blogger by creating blogs. So, when you create a test
blog over there, call it something other than the name you want to use
for your journal.
The reason I say that is because during the
migration (read:copy) process, it will ask you for a blog name on
Blogger into which to copy your journal. At which point you might not
get the name that you wanted, because you have used it up on the test
Of course, like everything in life there is a way around
this, but I do not want to complicate your life any more than it is
now. If you are savvy with Blogger then feel free to go and grab a name
of your choice. I will show you a way to use that name to migrate your
I'm pretty sure I'll have to start a different blog, because my Blogger site has been up at going for at least two years. I doubt very much that the entries from here could be interspersed with the Blogger entries according to date. I may just entitle a new blog "My Country Life", and not add any new entries... just keep it there for the memories, with its content of the words from my AOL journal.
I'll be glad when this is all over.