1. You have ten friends in J-Land, each of whom has an AOL Journal. Then AOL places banner ads on those journals without prior notice, and releases a buggy "upgrade" that makes it nearly impossible to post without taking heroic measures. Within the week,
- Three of your friends continue to blog on AOL exclusively.
- Three more set up Blogger accounts, but also keep their AOL Journals going with occasional posts, mostly griping about AOL.
- Three switch to Blogspot entirely, either letting their AOL Journals lie fallow or taking them private with no readers.
- One is so upset with the diaspora and ongoing technical difficulties that he stops posting entirely.
2. You learn that someone has been harrassing the three people who stuck with AOL exclusively, and that someone else is harrassing the three who switched to Blogspot exclusively. Meanwhile, of the three people who had blogs on both services, one decides to go back to AOL for most of her blogging, one decides to keep both blogs going indefinitely, and one decides it's time to make the switch to Blogspot for everything. How many of these people are doing something wrong?
1. e) Zero. None of these people are doing anything to you. They are merely trying to make the best of a difficult situation. All anyone has really cost you is the convenience of AOL Alerts. (And those have been pretty buggy, anyway!)
2. d) Two. Nobody should be harrassing anyone. The rest are just trying to get on with their lives and blogs.
I've been reading all weekend of people giving each other grief for leaving AOL or not leaving AOL. I've also read a few reports that some people are feeling betrayed by journalers who left AOL, and refuse to read their new blogs on other services. Come on, people! it's only a web address! There is no need for an Us and Them mentality here. If we continue to read and comment (without rancor) on each other's blogs, write the best entries we can, and post our best pictures, then we still have a community. And that's what we all want, isn't it?
All right, why is my darn sidebar at the bottom of the screen again in IE? None of my pics are over 400 pixels wide, I swear!