Friday, October 31, 2008

Goodbye AOL JLand

I'm sad. I just went to look at my AOL blog, Sometimes I Think, one last time, and it's gone. Ugh. I wrote on that blog for almost five years. I was in AOL JournalLand for almost 5 years.

I know. We have to adjust. We have to change sometimes. I know all that. I know better days are to come. That doesn't mean I'm not sad.

Just to see such a stark screen where my blog once sat was hard. It was a grey steel black. There was a little writing on it -- and AOL was making an attempt to fix it up into some kind of special page or something - I guess a new project that they have going on. It was like half completed.

When I first saw the page my heart sunk. My blog was gone. And laugh if you want, I know THIS is my blog, but Sometimes I Think on AOL was my blog too. I loved it, it was my online home for a long time, and through it I met many, many people who I love very much. Yes, a lot of you are still here, and are over at Blogger. But I haven't found everybody yet. And we haven't had time to be community like we had been in awhile. Because we have just been trying to move our blogs from AOL and make them look like some kind of a blog, over here on Blogger (, LOL.

I don't know if I even like my blog. Not yet. It is awful funny looking! I can't make it do what I want, nor can I make it look how I want. But that will come in time.

I don't know, I'm just in shock. I'm a month behind everybody else, three weeks behind, because I was not here on Blogger when all of you who made the move from AOL to Blogger were overe here. That is of course because I was with my husband in Hershey, at his bone marrow transplant center, while he was trying to stay alive again. Thank God he made it. And as I came back, I have only had one week to scrape together this blog, move about four other blogs I have, move my husband's blog over, help a few others make it across, and then plop down in exhaustion right now. And I don't even have time to plop down in exhaustion right now, because I have to go out to an appointment.

I just wanted to get on here, and say that I am sad... As I was saying, I haven't had time to get involved with the community yet, and the other place (AOL Jland) is gone. I know I have been here at Blogger a week, but as I was saying, it's just been a mad scramble to move blogs. So I don't feel a part of Blogger yet, the Blogger community. I just haven't had time to visit you all much...

Okay, I am being silly... Of course I am part of the community, it is still the same community as it was over there! I just haven't had time to visit. And I still don't have time, I am off to the doctor to get my flu shot!

In the next few days I hope to get more connected with you all again. Thanks for being there for me!

Goodbye forever JLand, and AOL journals. Hello Blogger and community.

Krissy :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How to get Comment Alerts on Blogger

Okay, so like, I still want to write regular posts, but I haven't had time. I am still setting things up with my blogs, and also trying to catch up on hours of housework and other things I missed while John and I were away while he was in the hospital. But I will do a proper post soon. Just hang in there with me, especially you international readers, who must be bored by now, of the things I have been writing of of late. I know I promised I would update you on John and some other things...

But for now I want to help those of you who have made the move to Blogger with me. I want to say I figured out how to get my Comment Alerts, and I wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you all have already figured it out, LOL, and I am the last to do so! I am three weeks behind because I was in Hershey! But I will share this with you in case you don't know already.

And I will also say I am sorry that I didn't know it earlier, and some were making comments, and I didn't catch them right away. I know I hurt some of you, by asking you questions that you had already commented about, because I missed your comments. I also haven't answered questions or visited your blogs. Or added you as followers. Two reasons. I just haven't had time, with trying to migrate my blogs, sidebar, etc AND I haven't found all your comments yet! What a nightmare. But I am learning. I wish I had known about the Comment Alerts from the beginning -- then I wouldn't have missed any of you all's comments. Now I am going back and searching for them all. Rest assured I will find them though.

Now I will tell you how to turn on your own Comment Alerts to your own blogs. I suggest you do this - this way you won't miss anybody who has commented in your blog.

I am not saying that you should get Entry Alerts like we did in AOL. If you got Entry Alerts, we would go back to having hundreds of emails again, LOL. That was unmanageable. We have faces now to read other's blogs, and feed readers such as the Google Reader. I don't understand the Google Reader yet, and how to read others completely yet, but I will figure it out. I am reading in my dashboard right now. If anybody could explain to me the best way to read others blogs, please email me! I am so confused!

But back to getting Comment Alerts - those who will comment to you in YOUR blog. Do this:

Click on Customization, then Settings, then Comments, then go down to Comment Notification Email - put in your own email address. Do NOT put anybody else's email address in here, unless you want them to get all the comments to your blog (and I am sure you don't !). Just put in your own email address that you want the comments to go to. You won't miss any Comment Alerts that way!

Okay, I hope that was useful information. Now I must get back to work. I have so much to do. I have to clean my house. And gee, somebody was supposed to show up at 1:00 and it is 1:37. I don't like it when somebody says they will show up for an appointment and they don't show up. Unless they have a good reason. I was counting on them. Grrrr....

Love you all, bye, Krissy :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Please check out the Directory of Blogs I am creating! It's called: from Jland to Blogger

Hi! It's so cool to be over at Blogger, in the sense that it is finally nice to have only one place to blog, instead of two. I have finally migrated from AOL journals to here! Yes, it took awhile -- John was in the hospital for about three weeks. And was sick about a week before that. So I am a month behind the rest of my friends who have moved over to Blogger. That's okay though, I'll just have to learn.

I've been very frustrated, though, LOL. I love learning new things, but it has been a little difficult. I want things to work and I want things to work now! Yesterday I had my All About Me Section disappear! I was able to add it back in by html code, though. I am getting a little smarter, LOL. I also keep having these wrenches appear, even after I sign out. Those of you who are on Blogger will know what I am talking about. Those wrenches that help you edit your widgets (gadgets) in the sidebar. Even after I had signed out, these wrenches kept appearing! I am thinking, "Okay, I am trying to make this blog look kind of nice, and everybody is seeing wrenches??? What's up with that? Not cool!"

Right now I am very frustrated, and want to go back to AOL Jland, LOL. I know things will be okay eventually in this blog service, but I am getting frustrated. Does anybody know the number of a REAL person to call if we are having problems? Or who to email? I know we can get in touch with Guido at Magic Smoke jlandhub, but, I mean I need to get in touch with somebody who is actually on Blogger staff. I have a support question to ask!

This bemoaning reminds me of something. I figured since we were all in this together -- we who moved from Jland to Blogger -- that we should have a Directory to find one another. That way we will always be sure we have each other's blog addresses when we need/want them. So I started a directory of blogs. Right now it is in it's infant stages, a collection of blog names and information. But eventually it will be more organized, and my hope is, a well used directory.

If you would like to be part of the from Jland to Blogger directory, just go to the blog (click on link I just gave you!) and put your blog name, and other information asked for, under the appropriate letter of the alphabet that your blog starts with. For example, my blog is Sometimes I Think, so I will put it under S. Oh, and if you would like, you can mention from Jland to Blogger in your own blog/journal, and ask others to come add their blogs to the Directory. That would be cool!

Okay, I will do another entry soon. John is doing a lot better, and I want to let you know more about what is going on with him. But first I have to let him use the computer, LOL, so he can tell others where his blog is!

For those of you who are not with Jland (hi Mississaugua, Ontario & Vienna Wien, Austria, and the rest of you all!), If I just proceeded to bore you, sorry. I will get to posting regularly again soon. I have lots of photos I have taken for the past month or so, and lots of stories to go with them! I want to show you the Light the Night Walk photos. The walk that John and I went on to help raise money to fight cancer. I also have photos of a cave we went in, a couple days after the walk. I have fascinating photos and stories to go with that. I also have photos of John at Hershey Medical Center, shingles and all.

Would you all all like to see the photos of John at the hospital, shingles and all, or is that too gross, LOL? I took them while he was lying there, and he said he doesn't mind if I show you...

Okay, I must get off and allow John to use the computer. Bye for a few, and love to you all, Krissy :)
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