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November 18, 2005

Bloggers' message to AOL: Back off Porky

Stephen Baker

AOL-hosted bloggers are in an uproar over banner ads that have appeared at the top of their AOL Journals. This post, Back off Porky, laments:

LOOK AT THE TOP OF MY JOURNAL. THAT FLOATING THING THAT IS USING UP MY AOL SPACE, SPACE THAT I PAY FOR. THAT IS NOT MY ADVERTISING SPAM (IT'S YOUR SPAM) SITTING THERE LIKE A BLEMISH. I DID NOT WRITE THAT. I DO NOT ENDORSE THAT, WHATEVER THE ADVERTISEMENT MIGHT BE AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT.

Bloggers say that they're paying for a service, in part, to have more control over the blogs and avoid such ads. It would be easy to tell them that if they don't like the ads, to find a new service. But bloggers have a lot invested in their urls. Moves are no fun. Here's one who faces the struggle. Hopefully, AOL's listening to its angry customers, and paying attention.

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Thank you so much for taking us and our plight seriously.

Posted by: Dorn at November 18, 2005 02:58 PM

Thank you!!! This is exploitation at its finest.

Posted by: Omar at November 18, 2005 03:19 PM

Thank you for writing this!

Posted by: Heather at November 18, 2005 03:23 PM

It's so nice to know that someone is paying attention in this big bad world! Thank you!

Posted by: Kell at November 18, 2005 03:25 PM

Thank you for recognizing the seriousness of our situation. We appreciate it.

Posted by: Jennifer at November 18, 2005 03:28 PM

Thanks for advertising our struggle with the AOL Execs. They appear to be very uncaring and unconcerned with our discontent. It is pure craziness right now, to see so many of my friends and family closing up their blogs and scattering elsewhere. We were once a loving, close knit community. The AOL Execs have done quite well destroying us. I hope you talking about our situation, reaches more and more ears. Thanks again. Anna

Posted by: Anna at November 18, 2005 04:00 PM

Thank you so much for posting this! We need all the help we can get!

Hopefully the AOL big shots will hear us finally!

??Connie

Posted by: Connie at November 18, 2005 04:04 PM

Thank you for taking the time to help us. The fact is most of us like AOL so to move is not a choice.

Posted by: Faye at November 18, 2005 04:05 PM

Thank you for writing about the plight AOL has bestowed upon us. I am in the process of moving my two journal from AOL because of this.

Gabreael

http://gabreaelsbodymindandspirit.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Gabreael at November 18, 2005 04:05 PM

Wow this was so refreashing to see..and Its nice to see that someone is hearing us

Posted by: Tabitha at November 18, 2005 04:12 PM

What makes this so infuriating is that an AOL employee in HIS blog told us that the AIM members whose journals are free would have advertising but not the paid customers. WE are paying while AIM members are free and yet we have the same banners we were promised we would not have.

Posted by: Nelle at November 18, 2005 04:19 PM

I refuse to be an advertizing tool in AOL's greed to become a top dog among blog sites. If AOL has such wonderful spam blocking tools then why can't I block the ones they placed in my blog? There journal catch phrase "Your thought, Your Blog" It surely doesn't feel like my blog now!

Posted by: Kimberleigh at November 18, 2005 04:36 PM

Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We are very upset. You are right. We have a lot invested in our URLs. "Just switch" to another service means loosing a lot of what we have worked to build these past few years. (I have been an AOL member for over 10 years.)

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! (AOL won't even talk to us.)

Posted by: Virginia at November 18, 2005 05:09 PM

Being a paying customer of AOL I would expect a journal without ad's on them. I think the part that is most upsetting is that AOL has not addressed this issue with us, their members. They seem to not care how unhappy we are as long as they are running their ad's and making more money and at our expense. It's torn our community apart and something that has greatly disturbed me.

Posted by: Derasta at November 18, 2005 05:18 PM

Thank you for your attention to this story.

AOL has thrown their integrity under the bus while remaining exceptionally irresponsive to our very direct calls to remove the advertising they led us to believe would not be placed on our paid journals.

A significantly-sized group of disgruntled journalers are coordinating efforts (here: http://groups.aol.com/stopjournalads) and we have every intention of delivering a David-sized throw-down with Goliath.

Posted by: Armand at November 18, 2005 05:25 PM

Whoever came up with that idea should be castrated by an angry prostitute's overbite.

With ads appearing on a service we pay for, we've essentially handed a pimp our money... and been told to diddle ourselves around the corner.

Posted by: Stacey at November 18, 2005 05:34 PM

Thank you for hearing us! This is an important issue.

Posted by: Trish at November 18, 2005 05:35 PM

Thanks for helping get this out there. Keep spreading the word, maybe AOL will listen. ::cough::

Posted by: d at November 18, 2005 05:40 PM

Thank you so much for taking notice. AOL is completely disregarding the completely negative reaction these ad banners have generated, and I can say that I never would have started my blog on that site a year and a half ago had it featured that ad space. I am an artist and have spent all this time writing my personal truths and creating a gentle space to be, and they have destroyed it without even glancing back.

Thank you for this article.

Posted by: Judith HeartSong at November 18, 2005 05:55 PM

For a variety of reasons, I have considered my departure from AOL for a period of months. The banner ads were just the push I needed, along with a string of maniacs who use the AOL TOS Agreement as a weapon. I spoke up, (not too politely) and was greeted with the threat of a closed account this very morning. Sort of like the days before the Iron Curtain came down, no?

Thanks for taking up our little struggle.

Jimmy

Posted by: James Reilly at November 18, 2005 05:55 PM

Thank you for writing and bringing attention to this issue that is very near and dear to me. What upsets me the most is I have been blogging with my AOL Journal for over two years and that is the main reason I stayed with AOL.. for my journal but I really don't see the point in staying with AOL as an ISP if my blog is a billboard and treated no different than a free AIM one. I can blog somewhere else for free and still have the banners then pay AOL anymore or simply just get a free AIM screen name if I want the same format. It used to be the only bonus of having a paid AOL account was my journal was ad free.. they have changed that with out any input from us the customer.. and don't seem to care about our outrage.

Posted by: Mary at November 18, 2005 06:24 PM

Thank You!!!!

Posted by: Jodi at November 18, 2005 06:46 PM

thank you for highlighting once again how AOL is once again looking not at customer satisfaction, but how they can fatten their wallets. As far as I'm concerned, if AOL wants to place ads within the space we have paid for, then they can compensate us they same way affiliates would if we allowed them to advertise on paid websites.

Posted by: mary anne at November 18, 2005 06:50 PM

Thank you for noticing this. I felt forced to leave behind a blog I'd maintained for two years over the advertising and the poor maintenance of the technical issues involved in this change. The only thing AOL is really providing at this point is poor customer service.

Posted by: Cynthia at November 18, 2005 06:54 PM

You aren't kidding...moving 1.5 years of blog entries SUCKS! But I refuse to subject my readers to those hideous blinking banner ads. It's like someone placed a huge billboard in my front yard, is making money off my neighbors and friends, and AOL expects me to PAY THEM for it. AOL, get your banners out of my yard!

Posted by: Becky at November 18, 2005 06:55 PM

There are not enough words to express how thankful we are for this article! Our voices are not being heard, and our little space has been invaded by these uncalled for advertisements, even after we were promised this would not happen!

Most of the commentors here are also in the group that Armand linked. I am as well. We will not stop until AOL removes them. We would even settle for a choice to have them or not, since some AOL Journalers (aka J??Landers)do not mind ads appearing on their blogs. I am not one of them.

Again, thank you so much for giving us some attention on this matter! It really felt like we had woken up to companies sticking their ads on our personal property without warning, let alone consent.

Posted by: Cat at November 18, 2005 07:02 PM

Thank you so much for highlighting our troubles with AOL. I understand they are a corporation and are looking to make money where they can... BUT, I pay for a service, and I don't feel that they were fair with us. I would at the very least like a chance to approve or disapprove of the ads being posted on my Journal.

Posted by: J James at November 18, 2005 07:23 PM

thank you for doing what the corporate spammer, AOL, is incapable of doing...noticing our across the board dissatisfaction. I also appreciate you recognizing the investment that is our blogs. I'm moving on and it sucks a lot more than moving physically cross country ever did or me.

Thank you again!

Posted by: Laura at November 18, 2005 07:46 PM

Thank you for the article and thanks, Steven, for permitting your beautiful photography to be featured here.

Another AOL refugee.

V

Posted by: V at November 18, 2005 07:55 PM

Thank you so much for taking up our plight. And you are most certainly correct; we do invest a lot in our journals/blogs and moving shouldn't have to be an option.

I've been blogging for nearly three years on on AOL and have enjoyed many of its features. Sadly, I'm one of the many still having trouble saving entries and having a tool set that doesn't include the newest "upgrades."

It's shameful that a company that advertises in major media markets that it "listens" to its customers simply doesn't live up to own hype.

Posted by: Peachy at November 18, 2005 07:59 PM

Thank you so much for giving our problem this attention. I have been a paying customer for ten years and I actually have broadband, highspeed cable internet. I do not NEED AOL I simply liked the community.

I have since moved my journals to Blogs and will not move them back.

Pity that greed did this....ADsense makes sense.

Posted by: Christina Brown at November 18, 2005 08:17 PM

In one day, AOL ripped apart a special community of long-term, happy and loving journalists...all because of the almighty dollar. We can take our dollars elsewhere and I for one, will not support or endorse any company that has an ad banner on my journal. No Bank of America, no nothing. Our journal community can thrive elsewhere, but I'd rather continue my journal of 2 years at AOL...MINUS THE FORCED BANNER ADS! Please AOL, rethink your actions and the consequences. Lisa

Posted by: Lisa at November 18, 2005 08:53 PM

Thank you for picking up on this story and please stay on it! AOL doesn't care about those of us who journal...but they might take notice if they start getting negative news outside of AOL. Thanks!

Candace

Posted by: Candace at November 18, 2005 09:00 PM

Thank you for this. I've been concerned that as big a deal as this has been for "J-Landers" (AOL journalers), nobody in the wider world would notice or care. Yet I know a number of people who are in mourning this week for what we've lost: a user-built community that just a few weeks ago was happily handing out peer awards. Not only do we face the "should I stay or should I go?" decision, and all the rebuilding the second option implies, but even those who stay are hampered by a horribly buggy "upgrade" that severely limits people's ability to post at all. We'll all survive this, but it's a terrible loss, and no one at AOL with decision-making power has said word one - except to harrass poor Jimmy for his parody ads.

Posted by: Karen Funk Blocher at November 18, 2005 09:06 PM

Thank you so much for calling attention to our plight. AOL *still* seems patently unconcerned about our complaints, and has not addressed them seriously from day one. But we have not sat idly by to take this treatment. We have started a campaign against this abuse of our journals and our intellectual property rights here: http://groups.aol.com/stopjournalads , and are making significant in-roads toward getting our voices heard. Thank you again for bringing this to media attention. We AOL J-Landers appreciate it more than you can know.

Posted by: Angelia at November 18, 2005 10:30 PM

Thank you so much for listening to us as we battle on with a company that doesn't care for it's customers. AOL lost 2.3 million customers this year alone but still hasn't learned it's lesson. I'm sure we would all feel differently if the sites were free but they are not FREE.

Thanks again,

Dianna

Posted by: Dianna at November 18, 2005 11:05 PM

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for drawing attention to our plight. I am amongst many who are being vocal about our displeasure regarding the banner ads. I was wanted to do something, so I created an online Petition to send to AOL. (http://www.gopetition.com/online/7527.html) Now we just need to get the word out and the signatures added so that we can present our plea as one voice.

I thus far am willing to wait to see what (if any) AOL's response to our plea is before I just cancel my PAID AOL membership and say goodbye to the Journal that I have spent countless hours creating. Meanwhile I have stop writing in my Journal and have been looking for another site to play home for my Journal. This is really breaking me up. The emotional investement that is put into a Journal on a weekly basis is nothing to take lightly. I have just been robbed of my own creation and feel nothing less than violated! What is worse is that I PAID for this service!

Posted by: Lisa at November 18, 2005 11:40 PM

Just wanted to thank you again for posting this!

Posted by: Connie at November 18, 2005 11:53 PM

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue. My AOL journal is specifically about chronicling my identical twin sister's breast cancer. Breast cancer and identical twins are 2 topics that are intensely personal and not easily discussed or understood. I have chronicled this journey in a zany and loving fashion. Never have I simply relayed health information, but always confided life information. And friends, loved ones and the journal community has responded overwhelmingly to this approach. I chose AOL for my podium because 1) of the quality of writers and journals, and 2) there were no advertisements on the specific journal sites. Had there been advertisement on the site, the story I have to share would not be effective. Nope, not effective at all. What I need is a space for peace and tranquility, for people to read not only my words, but my feelings, sentiments, emotions, and see life still occurring amidst extraordinary health issues. Seeing this occurring gives people hope. Hope in people's everyday lives. It's impossible to create this environment with these advertisements competing with my content.

Posted by: Judith at November 19, 2005 12:16 AM

Fantastic!! This is wonderful!!! Now if AOL will only listen.. or read...

Posted by: Chelle at November 19, 2005 12:27 AM

This is akin to when AOL dropped the whole "Community Leader" concept back in the mid-nineties, and rather than staff many areas with paying staff, simply shut them down. However, with one difference:

In 1996, AOL was growing by leaps and bounds, and could at some level choose to ignore its members.

In 2005, AOL is a company in trouble, and any ill will that it generates will multiply ten-fold.

Posted by: Chuck at November 19, 2005 12:37 AM

Thank you so much for getting the news out there and hearing us. :)

Posted by: Felicia at November 19, 2005 12:53 AM

Your last sentence is: "Hopefully, AOL's listening to its angry customers, and paying attention."

If only that was the case, Stephen. The AOL Execs have YET to make an official statement about any of this uproar.

We have bombarded them with signs of protest including entries in our former blogs, letters to every possible AOL avenue that is available, comments upon comments telling them how unhappy we are. The result? NADA. NOTHING.

They talk about "maybe" placing a disclaimer at the bottom of the banner ads saying that "the owner" of the blog (us) does not endorse the products/services, nor do we want the ads there.

First of all the phrase "The Owner" of the blog is LAUGHABLE. Because IF we were the TRUE OWNERS of the blog -- we would have the ADS GONE!!!!

BUT We have NO SAY in this matter.

They are pretty much giving us the attitude "deal with it or leave, we don't care." That is what we hear by their silence. This is an awful, distressing situation.

Like many of the bloggers who have already commented, my blog has my life, my spirit, ME inside of it. Tell me -- How exactly do you walk away from that??? and start over elsewhere?

NOT an easy thing to do.

Besides the fact that we've formed such strong friendships within the community. It was like our own neighborhood & we watched out for each other. Some things are hard to replace, if they ever can be.

Posted by: Anna at November 19, 2005 01:04 AM

Thank you for writing this and finally give us the notice we are seeking. We are just asking to be heard. AOL is seemingly not caring about customer satisfaction because we nothing from them. People are leaving AOL daily and the company still does not care. I just saw an ad on TV about how much they care about their customers... what a joke.

Thank you once again at least someone is listening!

Posted by: Promise at November 19, 2005 01:18 AM

Can we sue for false advertising? They certainly are not listening to their customers like they claim on tv. Does Julia Roberts know she is lying!

Posted by: Psychfun at November 19, 2005 01:33 AM

Thank you so much for writing this. It's about time that someone exposed the higher ups for what they are, just plain greedy. Their silence on the issue is what is most infuriating. They have under estimated the folks that they have chosen to stomp on.

Posted by: Jim at November 19, 2005 03:01 AM

Thank you so much! Even knowing that one person outside of AOL cares and is listening means so much!

Posted by: Maria at November 19, 2005 03:09 AM

Thank you for noticing the plight of aol journalers!! if this helps in anyway you should be nominated for Sainthood!

Hopefully, from this aol will value it's customers no matter how many or how few and try the best of "both worlds" by doing something now to help us.. like a "hide" button or a smaller NON ANIMATED ad.. we can hope now..

thank you again

Posted by: DesLily at November 19, 2005 10:01 AM

Thank you so much for posting this! I have been a customer of AOL for 12 years and had a blog for 1.5 years. The shocking thing to me was the absolute show of lack of respect for AOL customers. No warning and no real reply to the uproar. I can hear them in the board room "Let them eat cake".

Remember those commercials with the hordes of people outside of AOL offices? That's us now.

Posted by: Chris at November 19, 2005 10:05 AM

Thank you very much!!!

Posted by: Vivian at November 19, 2005 10:23 AM

Thank you so much for helping to get the word out. The most infuriating thing about the advertising is the fact we are paying for the service, have no say in anything - and they're making money off it. They should work to keep their customers happy to improve the bottom line instead. What a "novel" idea!

Posted by: Lori at November 19, 2005 11:24 AM

Thank you for writing about the split in the fromer aol J-Land Community. I am sure aol does not care what we do-corporate greed is rampant-but the fact that we pay for this service is infuriating. I'll be changing servers eventually, though abandoning my journal, and many friends will be painful beyond belief. I wish aol had lived up to its promises of serving its paying customers well, instead of treating us so badly.

Posted by: Margo at November 19, 2005 01:38 PM

I thank you, also. Just about everything has been said by the others, and quite eloquently, of course, BUT, in a world where we are losing little pieces of our personal freedom with the constant attacks on the First Amendment, why should AOL give a darn? And, obviously,they don't! J-Land is a very special place for us, and the didain shown by AOL towards us can not be tolerated! Hope they are paying attention to you, Thanx, rich

Posted by: Rich at November 19, 2005 02:19 PM

I am seriously annoyed with the ads. I'm already paying for AOL, so I should not have to put up with these ridiculous seizure inducing ads. Take away the free AIM services and pay more attention to your paying customers... that's my message to AOL.

Posted by: RepJ at November 19, 2005 04:44 PM

Like everyone else I say thank-you. I seriously hope this article helps, but I think we all know AOHell is about the almighty dollar. They are not going to pull those ads for nothing. In fact, in a post from Joe over at "Magic Smoke": "We are actively pursuing one of the suggestions you sent, that of adding a disclaimer below the advertisement that acknowledges that you, the blog owner, didn't have anything to do with the ad placement and don't endorse it."

Does that really do anything? No. They'll still be there and really ruin the look of journals and the hardwork. I don't want a disclaimer on my journal, I want the ads GONE. Plain and simple.

Posted by: Chris at November 19, 2005 05:46 PM

Thank you for highlighting the problem. We were not notified and in fact we were told that when AIM journals got ads, paying customers would never see them. More empty rhetoric from the board room.... Penny

Posted by: Penny at November 19, 2005 07:31 PM

Thank you very much! I wouldn't have started a blog with such a crass huge advertisement (sometimes for companies I abhor) on it. AOL gave us no warning and isn't listening to us.

Posted by: Jackie at November 19, 2005 08:50 PM

thank you for posting this.

what goes around aol - comes back around and kicks them in the arse.

Posted by: floralilia at November 19, 2005 10:43 PM

My Blogs worth??? AOL is using banners to advertise on our paid journal accounts. I am furious. I have maintained AOL accounts since the time they were charging per minute. I have maintained quietly a journal since August, of 2003. I remember AOL stating they were decreasing the Ad space an AOL user was forced to deal with. That is why we pay good money, each and every month. I am very angry and feel my "privacy" has been invaded. I am just livid! Please help support by Boycotting AOL journals.

Thanks for the opportunity to voice our opinions. We've been outside the hearing range of AOL's concern for too long. http://aynetal3.blogspot.com

Posted by: Ayn at November 20, 2005 01:47 AM

Ray Ozzie, CTO of Microsoft, has returned to blogging on MSN. There is no banner ad on his site. A simple logo exists, just as in past Journals on AOL. The recent decision to put banner ads on AOL Journals has severely damaged the AOL brand. With the invitation to members to participate in online journals, the brand seemed to say, "We respect and welcome the individual user." Now the AOL brand says, "We don't give a damn about the individual user." Any company that ignores users, or consumers, in order to only please businesses, is short sighted. Future generations especially will not tolerate customer abuse. Quality responsive service is the best long term business plan. Ask any PR department head.

Posted by: Ggw at November 20, 2005 03:45 AM

I deeply appreciate your time and taking up our cause. I have many journals and the reason I chose to blog on AOL is because there were no glaring ads. I do not approve of one business placed at the top of my blog! If I were paid by them to advertize, I would not accept it!

When I opened my first Journal, AOL proclaimed at the top of the Create Your Journal page

YOUR THOUGHTS YOUR BLOG

If they had glaring ads, I never would have taken the time to write my personal epigrams in my blog

DISCERNMENT, or truths found in my blog, WISDOM, or placed my PRAYERS FROM THE HEART under such a crass commercial. We were never considered for one moment... quite different from their false advertizing of the young mother who jumps up on the AOL Board Table in their Television ad.

If I had not thought this was my personal domain, I never would have invested the countless hours.

God bless you for helping us in any way that you can.

Soncerely, courtenaymphelan@aol.com

Posted by: Courtenay Phelan at November 20, 2005 07:37 AM

You know, the worst part of it all was that back a few months ago when AIM journals were added for free, paid subscribers to AOL were ensured that their journal spaces were superior to the free ones over at AIM.

How were they beterr?

The didn't include advertising, AOL said.

Posted by: Emily at November 20, 2005 09:41 AM

AOL doesn't give a damn about its paying customers. It's all about the almighty dollar and how you can rake in more of it.

I have 2 of my blogs on blogspot now, and I'm thrilled with it. I plan on staying put because everyone knows that the ads won't come down. It's bad enough they invaded my web pages with ads, but they continued to push the issue with ads on my PERSONAL journal. See ya later AOL.

Posted by: Antonette at November 20, 2005 12:02 PM

Here's another sum-up:

[http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/7527.html]

The writer states: "Not only has AOL been disrespecting [its] paying customers by taking features such as AIM and Journals and giving it away for free, they have further begun selling, trading, sharing and/or giving away ad space and displaying the ads in the form of banner ads atop paying AOL members Personal Journals, without thought or regard as to whether the Person who created the Journal supports the banner even being there, nor if she or she is in agreement with the ad."

AOL's "Member Agreement" can be found here:

[http://legal.web.aol.com/aol/aolpol/memagree.html]

Here is AOL's set of "Journal Guidelines":

[http://hometown.aol.com/ht.ssp?f=help&p=7]

(According to the "Journal Guidelines", AOL's "Terms Of Service Agreement" is only available to AOL Members.)

IMHO, the boldest and most productive step AOL journalers can take is to switch -- en masse -- to different services.

Posted by: L'Homme Bel at November 20, 2005 01:57 PM

What is wrong with you people? What do you expect?

You're all too cheap and useless to go spend $7.99 on a freaking domain name and then another $7.00 a month for your own hosting.

You don't deserve to have your own voice on the internet if you cannot properly run, operate, and manage your own freaking web hosting account and domain name.

AOL has every damn right to put ads anyplace they see fit! It is THEIR site damnit! Wake up. If you really don't like it that much - guess what? You just got your invitation to leave and go to another service.

Advertising is what drives the net now. Get over it! Lose the damn ego's thinking that anyone actually reads those worthless AOL weblogs anyway. No one cares about this except for all of you worthless bunch of pants that don't seem to comprehend the following:

"You get what you pay for" AND NOTHING MORE!

You want control over your little blog? BONE UP, be a real man or woman, get some freaking hosting and a copy of WordPress and have yourself a field day.

You're all a bunch of crybabies!

Posted by: Wow You People Amaze Me at November 21, 2005 10:58 AM

Just a note to Amazed... obviously people do read our blogs which you so eloquently described as 'worthless', otherwise we wouldn't be having this issue. One of my blogs has already generated close to 40,000 hits. There are thousands of AOL journals out there, some with more and some with less hits. The advertisers see each hit as a potential customer, so no, we're not so useless after all.

And demanding to receive the service we pay for is all we are asking. Instead we have seen a steady decline of services. If our challenge irritates you, close your eye like AOL and maybe we will go away... or maybe we won't. I'm sure AOL wishes you were one of their customers, because they obviously would rather deal with your reaction than to back up their committment to membership satisfaction.

Back to the topic at hand, as of 2pm 11/21/05 AOL has yet to make a formal response to its members complaints other than to say that they are reading the complaints and forwarding them to the appropriate offices.

Posted by: Dorn at November 21, 2005 04:08 PM

LOL>>>> click on http://www.worthlesspants.com/ which is Amazed's link....it goes nowhere. Google it...it goes nowhere. I own my screen name and it is a registered domain. ckays1967 belongs to me paid for at godaddy.com.....it isn't AOL's anymore....

I just don't have the time to spend hours and hours designing a blog...I need a format already made bacause I have a life outside of the computer. Like most of my friends from AOL.....and we all already know this because we HAVE INVESTED IN EACH OTHER. It is called friendship.

Click on my name you'll actually find a real live person who does have a voice. We are angry about the ads and the lies. There is a difference between whiners and anger.

Posted by: Christina at November 25, 2005 05:43 PM

AOL finally sent Bill Schreiner, VP for AOL Community Programming, to speak to the members. His is a link to his statement and the response to it.

http://journals.aol.com/journalseditor/magicsmoke/entries/903

Posted by: dorn at December 3, 2005 06:07 PM

It is really sad that Jeb Bush and GOP are trying to sink Rep. Harris in the run for senate 2006. In 2004, after Harris ran for the US House of Representatives and won, she considered making a run for Bob Graham???? Senate Seat. But at the time White House preferred a different candidate in the race. They wanted the then secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Mel Martinez to make a run for the Senate???? Seat.

They approached Harris with a deal where in she would keep out of the 2004 race and the party would support her in 2006 for the Senate run. Harris had agreed to this and Martinez pulled off to the Senate.

Now that she has announced right on time that she would make a run for Florida???? second Senate seat, the Republicans are actively looking for other potential candidates.

It is really sad that the party fails to judge the right candidate who can give some tough competition to Democrat Bill Nelson.

Posted by: Stanley Latimer at September 7, 2006 03:54 AM

Yet again Katherine Harris has stolen the show and pulled off the race for US Senate.

The main reason behind her victory is her growing popularity in Florida, strong base and the weak opposition that she was facing. The polls closed after some 2?? hours. The 49-year-old congresswoman arrived at her Tampa campaign headquarters, where she was greeted with chants of "We want Katherine."

With this victory she has proven to her many adversaries that she still is the best.

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