I've been writing here for a little less than five years. I've had two instances where I had a sudden increase in readers. The first was one I was a guest editor two November's ago. A few days later the ads hit, and people left all over the place. I did too, for a spell, bouncing over to the UK version until they put ads up and then I beat the drums of hypocrisy all the way back to here. Then last month Mary was kind enough to mention this journal in something she wrote, and people came by to see what was going on. I've enjoyed getting to know some new people since then.
But as we found out today, this is all going "POOF!" at the end of the month. So it happens again. I don't pretend to know the business world very well anymore, but it seems like every time AOL makes a decision, they stick it to the few people who are left. The only reason a decision like this gets made is financial.
This will force me to do what I should have done a while ago and move over to Blogger, so I am not concerned about myself. I hope folks who have been kind enough to stop by here will do so there.
It's inevitable that some people who had an AOL journal will stop writing. I can think of at least ten people that I lost touch with after the ads mess. Losing this space doesn't really bother me since there is an alternative, but the idea of seeing people disappear again depresses me.