Monday, November 21, 2005

MY NEW TITLE SAYS IT ALL...

It has been a week since AOL unveiled its dastardly plan to turn Hometown AOL into a big Spamorama.  In an effort to keep up with the other generic ISP portals, AOL has sacrificed members services and satisfaction for advertising $$$.  Mine, and every AOL journal and homepage now sports flashy ads tempting the readers with home loans, 2 for 1 sub sandwiches, and yes, even AOL 9.0 (spam edition!)  Good golly, if you're going to force ads on peoples' personal blogs you could at least put on ads that have something in common with the blog.  For instance, if BOA was to pull my credit report they'd probably pull their ad off my journal before it even finished loading.  And AOL... well, I hear that lately their members-relations has about as much people skills as a potato peeler.  I think I'll pass on that for the time being as well.  Now if you really want a clickable ad for my journal that will have my readers coming back for more, try getting Charmin to sponsor the space.  After all, I am one of their biggest investors!  Or beer!  Heck, I'll even contact Corona myself!

You may have noticed that my title has grown a little since last week.  I've added a disclaimer to the end to insure that my readers know and understand with all clarity that I had absolutely nothing to do with the placement of the ads on the tops of my journals.  Nor do I approve of them, and the disclaimer will remain there, to be viewed in every entry along with the ads until AOL either removes the ads all together, or offers an acceptable compromise.

And thats all I have to say about that!

18 comments:

tc01hm said...

Glad to see, hear you stomp your feet with a well place disclaimer. As always, a pleasure Tess  :->

deslily said...

Thanks for emailing me to let me know I can come to your journal again!!  I'm in agreement with you about the banners! (obviously).. I still don't feel settled even though i now have TWO journals (mirror images) going!  I feel like my "landlord more then doubled my rent" and i just can't afford it!..  

I'm glad your back though.. here or anywhere!  I enjoy both of your journals and have missed them..

still wishing against any real hope they will go from animated ads to NON animated.. then i would add a disclaimer like you and stay.. sigh.

well.. WELCOME BACK TO YOUR JOURNALS!! now post away and make us all happier again lol


http://journals.aol.co.uk/deslily/HereThereEverywhere2/

http://herethereandeverywhere2ndedition.blogspot.com/

plittle said...

That works quite well. It was brilliant thinking of adding it to the title, so that it showed up in large type.
-Paul

cmarlow330 said...

Welcome Back :)

globetrotter2u said...

I keep waiting for 'Find Sexy Singles' to appear on mine since that lovely group took up residence on 50% of our comment sections back in October. When I saw 'Find Love and Romance through AOL' at the top of my page last week, I thought to myself, "Oh great, it's bad enough that the hubby won't be happy when he finds out I'm journaling again. Now he's gonna think I'm advertising for a replacement for him!"
Glad to see that smiling Dust Bunny with the Corona bottle again!
MAryanne
http://journals.aol.com/globetrotter2u/Myfeelingsarereal/

heathyrxmarie said...

I'm glad that you are back Dorn! I'll be reading :)  And I love the disclaimer, good thinking! :)
Hugs,
Heather
http://journals.aol.co.uk/heathyrxmarie/SingingWithMyHeart/
http://singingwithmyheart.blogspot.com/

sdoscher458 said...

Way to go Dorn....I did something similiar on my main journal, now I have to change the others too. If more journalers were to do this, they would not be able to show any journals as a sample to any perspective client now would they? I missed you....I wrote a poem about this situation....Sandi http://journals.aol.com/sdoscher458/PoeticJourneyOfTheSoul

jckfrstross said...

Glad your back:)

Deb

beckieramos said...

So glad you are back! And witty as usual! Stand your ground girl! God bless, Beckie

deshelestraci said...

I've missed you and agree with you.  Especially with the choice of ads.  Duncan Hines?  Kelloggs?  Now we are talking!
Traci

rainey516 said...

Hi Dorn, I am just dropping in to say Hello.  I like your idea on picking what ads to put on your journal.  Right now mine would be a symphony bar and midol, lol.  I actually have it set up so I am not seeing ads/banners on anyones journals.  Just go down to the bottom of the page by the pop ups tab and block animated media from aol.  

~Lorraine

dornbrau said...

Hahaha!  Lorraine, I would SOOOOO click on a Midol ad right now!  

ambassadorsinte said...

Speaking of Corona, Dorn, how much beer do you think it took to make that big Corona around the sun??????  Now that'd be an ad I'd like to see.  Get a very large stein and dig(sip) right in with plans to suck up some Corona for some time to come.  But, please don't drink and drive.....lol.
Anyhow, Dorn welcome back and Good Luck.

Dear ole Dad

P.S. Update us on Gabe please.

stephaine35 said...

Glad your back.

chadandjen1216 said...

Thank you for coming back!

tkelliher617 said...

Woo hoo your back!!!!

Tabatha

purplectigger said...

Glad your back , I've missed you. There you go they could put ad's that go along with what we do support.
Hugs, R.C.

dhga30047 said...

I'm very glad you're back.  I like your new title.  That was a smart way to let AOL know exactly how you feel.  Donna