Monday, November 12, 2007

Footprints in the Sands of Time

   I am impressed. AOL has stored ALL of our blogs.  Somewhere there is a big computer holding all of our drivel, all of my Dribble, and it is all accessible.

   But AOL is a business, and like all businesses, will eventually go away. I am not predicting their eventual demise, it is just, well, that's the nature of businesses.  As wondrous and magnificent as it may be NOW, what about THEN?

   Where will our journals be than? 

   And who cares?

   Well, I do.  In a burst of egomania, I want my blogs to be permanent, but I do not want to copy them all and print them.  (I'm not THAT concerned.)

   Is there a service somewhere that will copy and bind into volumes all the entries? Have any of you done this?

   I am laughing at myself right now.  What makes me think that bound copies would be any more permanent than electronic copies.  I have just moved and had to get rid of a ton of stuff.  What if I had big bound copies of my journal...and what makes me thank that anyone will want to read those old things in the future>

   My grandmother used to make sculptures in COTTON. She chose that medium and praised it because is was NOT permanent. Strange idea...transient art.  Maybe I should make Dribble more meaningful by erasing it. (Heaven no... I reject that idea)

   Well, now I have rambled on until I have talked myself out of the idea after all.

   Never mind.


plieck30 said...

I'll bet some of your grand kids down the line would be very interested in reading your journal. Paula

garnett109 said...

Don't know the answer to this but don't you dare erase dribble!

jaymact1 said...

I Thought I had something in the line you were looking for about printing your blog have a look a this site.
Hope this is of some use to you.  Love Joan.

bamawmn46 said...

One of our fellow J-landers here on AOL told me once (after he lost his AOL Journal) that the only true way to save it is to go back to the beginning and save each entry into a file onto your computer. I would guess you would have to often burn a CD with your entries just to have a 'hard' copy. There might be an easier way, but I dunno.


firestormkids04 said...

I don't know how you go about it, my friend.  I would like to save my journal just because - for me, I guess.  I won't care after I die anyway.  I used to send a weekly letter to family, friends, and supporters of our ministry to children in Mexico. I have about 95% of them printed out so that I may be able to write a book about my missionary work there.  Ah well, you didn't need hear (see?) all of that drivel.  Much love and many blessings, Penny

rocrebelgranny said...

I was going to suggest saving it all to disc but someone beat me to it.

If you were the "anonymous" person over at Dave's griping about word verification (xqwtzyc), did you know the little wheelchair to the right is audio?  It didn't used to work very well but perhaps blogspot has improved it.

W.V. is a pain in the patootie but it keeps out most of the spam.

There's another (Type Pad or maybe Word PressI think) that's even worse.  Sometimes takes me 4 tries and sometimes I just give up and slink away.

tendernoggle said...

I too have thought of this...and it would break my heart to see it all go "poof" one day...I started my journal before Danny died, so alot of memories are in here, that I don't remember unless I go back and read about it.
love ya,

jmorancoyle said...

    It seems to me that we have all dropped our own little time capsules into the electronic airwaves, and that they will be available in the future for an electronic archeologist to study our time and the way we lived.

monponsett said...

I'll post your whole blog on MySpace or something for $5 an entry. I'll carve it into granite for $2500 per entry.

Maybe print every entry out, bind them, and just stick it on the shelf at the local library.