Friday, October 10, 2008

AOL can now kiss my...

hmmm better not finish that title, I didn't select adult content for this blog. Anyway I have now transferred an embarrasing five blogs here. Only one of those was what you'd call active and that is the one that this blog replaced. I do not plan to use the original "My Journey" I like the idea of beginning fresh with this one. On the other hand I did not want to lose it. It's now here on Blogger, safe for as long as it takes then to decide they don't want to do this for free anymore.

The other journals that came over were on a variety of specialized topics that I had deemed better separated from My Journey although, being part of my life, it was all part of the journey.

I know that I tend to bore my readers with long discussions and/or rants about poker so I separated those out into Pocket Queens.

I began posting some of my short stories in My Journey and then realized that they should be in a blog of their own archived together for safe keeping and ease of reading. The safe keeping part didn't work out as well as I thought. Story Time was the only of my journals that I absolutely would hate to lose. I do have it all backed up on my computer now but for a while that journal was the only place it was saved all in one place because the stories were written far enough apart to span the lifetimes of many different computers.

The journal (or blog...I still want to call them journals and need to STOP THAT) that is Tricia's Story was started to contain a story I began from a simple writing prompt in a book. It grew to be well over 100,000 words and have 55 chapters and the story is not done by any stretch of the imagination. I got tired of emailing it to the few people who were following it so I gave the story it's own journal. I've since been on hiatus from writing it but still sometimes get asked when I'm going to continue. Good question...I do think I will continue even though I think it's weak in some places and could use a major re-write. That obviously won't work in this format, when I started publishing it this way I was stuck with what I had, not a bad thing, it kept me going forward instead of stopping to fiddle. I do plan to get Tricia moving again, that's why I moved the journal. All of the writing in that blog is saved on, actually originated on, my computer unlike many of my short stories which were written for a contest on AOL and sometimes composed right in the editor for the contest.

The last journal I moved is a weight loss journal I started around the time I was involved with Weight Watchers many years ago. It helped me keep on track and I'm proud of what I accomplished even if I've backslid a bit now. I moved it in the hopes that it will inspire me once again and I'll get back down to my WW goal weight once again, or at least something that is a good compromise between that and where I am now. I always felt that while my weight loss struggles were definately a part of my journey through life they were not something I wanted to dwell on in my main journal. I am not sure how I feel now. I don't have a lot to write about in My Journey Continues anymore and weight loss struggles and successes may well be something I will just put there... or I may reopen One Small Step. Time will tell.

I have to give AOL and Blogger some credit, they made the process of moving the journals just about as simple as I can imagine it could possibly be. It worked flawlessly from what I can tell. I had one blip during one transfer and they recovered from that painlessly. It's not often I end up saying Good Job when AOL is involved but in this case they done good.

If you're new to reading me then welcome and please check out the other journals if you feel you'd like to. I kept them all public just in case anyone wanted to browse through them. If you followed me from AOL thank you. This, for better or worse, is home now. I think it will be for better.

Have a great day ya'll!

2 comments:

http://bill-mjc.blogspot.com/ said...

Here I am,,,,,, I DID IT!!

Robin said...

Welcome to your new home!