Sunday, August 21, 2011

A J-LAND ANNIVERSARY POST






PLEASE...MAKE SURE YOU READ THE WHOLE ENTRY, WHICH GOES QUITE A WAYS DOWN. THERE IS A LINE UNDER THE END OF THE POST LIKE THIS******************************

recently guido blokland announced on facebook that today, august 21, is the anniversary date of j-land. of course, i don't personally know what date j-land actually started, but i do know that my first entry, my first blog post ever, anywhere, was made on my new journal in j-land, named SEDUCTION OF LIFE, on sunday, june 27, 2004 at 2:00 am. this was a dark time in my life, and i was very depressed, unsure of my future, or if i even had one. little did i know that this first small step would bring me to where i am today. this is the very first entry i made in my journal, SEDUCTION OF LIFE.


MORNING

THE TRAIN WHISTLE CHILLS MY SOUL. IT IS EARLY MORNING. SLEEP EVADES ME. LIFE HAUNTS ME. WHAT IF I WERE ON THAT TRAIN? WHERE WOULD I GO, WHAT WOULD I SEE? WOULD I BE HAPPY? DARKNESS IS EVERYWHERE, EVEN IN THE HEARTS OF MEN. IT DEPRESSES, IT FRIGHTENS, YET, IT IS NECESSARY. WHY? I HAVE NO CLUE. I JUST KNOW THAT WITHOUT DARKNESS, WE WOULD NOT APPRECIATE THE LIGHT. THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM OR LIGHT WHEN GOD CHOSE TO CREATE OUR WORLD. STILL, I WONDER WHY WE SUFFER THE DARKNESS SO. ALAS, ANOTHER OF THE MYSTERIES OF THE SEDUCTION OF LIFE.

2 comments

Anonymous plieck30 said...

Thought I would go back to read your old entries. I like this about the train. Several years ago I went to Illinois to visit my daughter on the train because I had never traveled on one. I just wanted to ride on one once in my life and I enjoyed it. It would have been more fun if I would not have been alone, but I did meet people and talk to people. If you heard about that terrible train wreck and spill in Texas day before yesterday, it was about thirty or forty five minutes away for me. Paula

July 2, 2004 9:36 PM

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Anonymous mzgoochi said...

I love trains. Only ridden one once.

you will notice that i also added in the 2 comments i got from the post. paula, whom i still keep in touch with via email, and mzgoochi......sorry, tears are welling up in my eyes and in my heart......but mzgoochi was lahoma, a really good online friend, with whom i spent many hours emailing and im'ing, talking about our lives, our pasts, our pains, our hopes, our dreams......lahoma succombed to the grim reaper a few years later. and the wound from her passing is still raw........but knowing lahoma made a big difference in my life. i miss you, my friend.

there was a big dash in between this first journal entry, and the last one. this is the last entry i made in the SEDUCTION OF LIFE JOURNAL.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

OLD ENTRIES/OLD FRIENDS/MEMORIES

i was trying to catch up on journal reading before the last curtain call and came across a journal that sorta stirred up something in me. i won't mention the journal name, mostly because this person is a dear j-land friend and is very much entitled to her opinion........as am i. the gist of the entry was that we have all survived much more devastation and turmoils than losing our journals and should not worry about it. i agree mostly with that statement...........but...........yes, there is a but.............

i went back to my first entry which was on june 27, 2004 and started copying and pasting onto word documents in spans of one month at a time so as not to lose anything in my journal. it wasn't very long before i started crying and got a very heavy heart. there are comments in that very first month from people who are no longer in this world........they have passed on to a greater reward. without j-land and my journal, i would have never met some of these people. my life would have been much different without their comments, love, prayers, support, compassion, and advice. i will never have another comment from those people. if i lose my journal's contents, i will lose their words. i will have the memories of knowing these people, but after time fades those memories, there will be little left.

also, i started journaling at a time in my life when i needed a friend and there wasn't one in my real life to help me cope with day to day trials and tribulations. i lost 2 homes to foreclosure and was evicted from a rental house due to circumstances beyond my control. i became estranged with my then 17 year old daughter, and proceeded to watch her from afar live a life i would never wish for her. i found love, then lost it, several times. my journal captured my emotions, my soul. i wrote poetry i have since forgotten about, all to cope with life as it was back then for me. now that i am on higher ground emotionally and financially, i have more or less blocked out much of that past. reading my past journal entries has brought those memories back, and even though they are not the best of memories, the events strengthened me and made me a better person. and by reading my past entries, i find peace in my life now.

so, even though this journaler is correct in saying more or less to not sweat the small stuff........to me, my journal isn't small stuff. it is a record of my life.......one i have tried to forget because of the bad memories, but one that has brought me full circle to where i am today.

i will move on and continue journaling. and someday will look back at my current entries and either smile or cry........but it will be a slice of my life..........MY LIFE..........a life that only i have lived.

and yes, i have every right to be angry with the powers that be at aol. they didn't provide "the service" for free, or out of the goodness of their hearts. they did it at a cost to their customers, both financially and by having so many internal problems that we all became exasperated at one point or another. yes, i will continue on with aol. it is like an old pair of shoes that, when new and first worn, hurt the feet and make life miserable until they are broken in. i have become familiar with aol. i am at a loss at where i will go from here, but i will go................and i will succeed at making a new journal at a new site. i just hate that i will lose so many friends who will not journey down the same road as i.

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Anonymous sybilsybil45 said...

My dearest Wumz, I so agree with all you have written. It is so so hard. I havn't been writing nearly as long as you and I havn't had the hardships that you have had but all the same there are times when we get a bit "alone" even when we are..as I am...surrounded by great family and friends there are some things that you can write in your journal that you could not share with a friend face to face as you know that they might be hurting too...I know how just a few months ago I was surrounded by so many on line friends praying for me and caring for me when my beloved Jacqueline died that I am perfectly sure that it was there love that enabled me to return to a more positve feeling... Perhaps after I have been away on holiday and come back (27thoct) I will feel stonger and might be able to cope with trying to learn something new. Till then rest assured I will keep in touch dear friend...one way or another. Love Sybil xx


http://journals.aol.co.uk/sybilsybil45/villagelife/

October 1, 2008 11:49 PM



Anonymous plieck30 said...

If I understand correctly it will all be transferred over to the blogger place and I hope for your sake and others it will. Its been a pleasure to know you here. Paula

October 2, 2008 1:24 AM

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Anonymous jeanno43 said...

I feel the same about my journal. I have not yet started copying and pasting. I might even move some of it onto my new journal at Blogger. O.K. so people have read the entries before but that way at least they are there. I have not yet started the copying because my heart is not in it right now, I know I would cry for the same reasons as yourself. My journal was something for my Grandsons as well. Shame on aol.

October 2, 2008 3:12 AM

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Blogger Jeannette said...

So glad you commented on mine and that I found you again. I seem to have lost several people here in blogger that have started a blog, then deleted it and started a new one. Great to be back in touch my friend.

October 18, 2008 4:13 PM

fortunately, the commenters here are still alive and well. i keep in touch with all of them, even had a skype phone conversation a year or so ago with sybil. those who had journals and posted both entries and comments became a family, and it will always be that way for me. we are all a big extended family. i miss so many of those who have either chosen to not go further with journals after the fall of j-land or have passed on to a higher plane...but the way we all touched each other's lives is priceless and will live on long after most of us pass on. i am also going to post my first entry into my blogspot blog, which is where i took my journal after j-land passed on........this is from my new blogspot journal, A PAGE UNTURNED.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A NEW BEGINNING

Due to an aohell breakdown...........I have begun a new chapter in journaling. I must admit I am addicted to my journals..........all 5 of my aol journals, public and private. Now I learn they will disappear if I do not attempt to save and transfer them. I will lose many online friends due to the aol decision to close down journals, which saddens me. Hopefully I will also meet numerous new friends during this transition. So, to all my old friends and acquaintances, I raise my imaginary glass to a long, inspiring and caring relationship on a new blog site. May there be many who tread upon these pages taking whatever they choose from my writings. Welcome to my new journal........take off your shoes, relax and enjoy.

I like the look of your journal, glad you found your way here.
Lisa

October 2, 2008 8:18 AM

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Blogger Indigo said...

Doing the happy dance. I'm so delighted to find you on this side of the blogsphere my dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

October 2, 2008 6:20 PM

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Blogger hannahthemaid said...

hello ...
somehow i found you again
been a long time
i deleted all journals i had on aol
nice to see that you are still into writing

jo ....

October 2, 2008 9:39 PM

that started my new journaling life. i kept at it till hannahthemaid (jo) convinced me to join her poetry site, NOSTALGIARAMBLINGS, and i have more or less made that my home. but after having done this entry, i feel the stirrings inside wanting me to possibly come back to my journaling. i would truly hate to lose more friends from the old times at j-land.

SO, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, J-LAND...........AND MAY ALL WHO ONCE TREAD UPON THOSE PAGES BE BLESSED. J-LAND....JUNE 27, 2004 - OCTOBER 1, 2008.....AND THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING THE DASH IN MY LIFE.



AND REMEMBER...NEVER LEAVE A PAGE UNTURNED............

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8 comments:

ADB said...

Thank you for sharing that deeply personal insight into your involvement with blogging over the years, Regina. I remember Lahoma, and sometimes go back to her journal, which remains on the internet. I am pleased that so many of us made it over to Blogger, but quite a few others did not. I hope to find you on "A page unturned" for a long while yet, with you lifted into real happiness.

LYN said...

It's this insight that I miss on FB...
thanks for sharing..

Rose said...

warms my heart and make me happy that I am part of this loving tight group!

Kathi said...

Beautiful post, thank you.

Vivian said...

This is a beautiful post. I wish I had saved my first J-Land post. Thanks for sharing.

Sybil said...

I am only sorry that I didn't keep my J land post...Also sorry that it took me so long to come back to blogging as I did miss it so very much but felt overwhelmed at startng again...so glad I did though and that I am slowly making new friends as well as always loving the "old" ones LOL
Love Always Sybil x

Linda's World said...

AOL JLand was like no other place..AOL did a great dis-service when they stopped supporting that platform. I can remember how stressed I was over the demise as I was in southern California on vacation at the time & had no computer access. I was in cell phone contact with a Journal friend and I gave her the necessary passwords & she transferred mine for me. So many have passed away and some just disappeared. It's sad indeed....but thankfully many of us have found each other on Facebook.

REGINA said...

not use to leaving a comment on my own journal like you do on my poetry site and on facebook. but i have to admit, it sure looks good to see all these loving caring and reminiscent comments. i haven't had this many comments in over a year........oh, i haven't really posted much in over a year lol. happy anniversary everyone from J-land.