I was very shocked when I received the e-mail from AOL stating that the Journal community is due to close. Like many other J-Land members, I feel shocked, angry, confused. Why is AOL doing this? We weren’t even given a choice. After all, we are a community!!
I joined the blogging community on April 11, 2006 searching for a new pastime. It was suggested by a family friend that I join the school newspaper team. I had planned to leave school and study a Childcare course at college, so I thought “No.”
However, Lesley had planted a seed in my mind, which was ready to grow. I stumbled across Jeannette’s blog one evening, and suddenly blogging seemed the perfect way to set the world to rights! Originally I dismissed the idea as I thought people wouldn’t be interested in what a teenager had to say. How wrong I was!
J-Land is a great community, and it shall be a shame to see it disappear… along with our blogs! We have laughed and cried together through good times and bad. I have made some wonderful friends throughout my time here. It was great to know that whatever you wrote, there was always someone there to listen. Your words meant so much! The sudden closure of "AOL, Hometown" has left me wondering, "What's the point?"
Throughout my time here in J-Land, I have shared with us my education, the challenges I have faced, my holidays and family life. You have watched me grow from boy to man. I’m not ready to leave yet. I feel there are still lots of things to tell you. But thank you for visiting the crazy world of Leigh; it’s been a pleasure having you!