Now that the scare with my mother has subsided, (At least I hope so. She is home from the hospital and sounds good.) I thought I'd share something that occurred last week.
When I was highlighted on the Finance Page, I had been warned that I would receive an overload of emails and comments. I was even warned by some caring journalers that I'd have pervs coming out of the woodwork. I received a few emails and comments from some new people and was even told that I was in someone's dreams in triplicate. However, nothing really over the top occurred. I felt like I braced myself for nothing. I had concerns that maybe I was a disappointment to AOL because my entry didn't create any additional traffic for the journaling community. I began having doubts about my desirability. I thought maybe the rumor that guys don't make passes at girls who wear glasses really was true.
Then I received an email from The Finance Queen that I was being considered for the AOL Welcome Page. But, she said it wasn't certain. When I woke up on Friday and didn't see my image on the screen, I figured that real news was much more important than me. I thought maybe it was the option for my screen that I chose so I flipped through the other options but nothing was there. I began reading journals and a comment came in on my "Money" entry, then another. So, I went to the Finance page. I was still linked there. So, I figured that was where the activity was coming from.
Shortly thereafter, an email arrived from Freee saying that she saw me on the Welcome Screen. I thought maybe they had put me up but then changed their minds and took me back down shortlyafter that and her cache needed refreshing. But, I really didn't have time to think about it or ask her anything. I needed to get ready for work.
If I have time, I check my email a couple of times during the day at work. I logged on later in the morning and there was umpteen alerts filling my box and quite a few emails. Two journalers were even so kind to send me the screen capture of the Welcome Page. (Thank you Ryanagi and Slomo!)
I am on dial-up. Apparently, the Welcome Screen for dial-up and broadband are different. I was indeed being featured and the alerts came pouring in. I couldn't shut off my comments alert and by the end of the day I had nearly 200 emails and alerts filling my box. It's amazing how many people want to dream about winning two million dollars. Really, it's wonderful and interesting to see what people would do with the money. I haven't even been able to read through all of the comments in detail. I was only able to skim through most of them and answer a few so far. It has been quite overwhelming.
If anyone is still coming around here as a result of the Welcome Screen highlight, I want to thank you for taking the time to comment. If you have a journal, please leave your link. There is just too many screen names for me to try to track your journals down.
All of this got me to thinking. Was my mom really paying AOL? Then, I thought it couldn't be so. After all, she had her hands full last week, as I well know. I pondered it some more. That's when I realized that AOL has a sense of humor. "They" saw the joke I made about the "People Connection" highlight where in my attempt to be humorous wrote that by morning I would be on the Welcome Screen. They decided to run with my joke and trump my bluff. Now, I'm just hoping that I won't turn the next corner on my way to work and see my face plastered on a billboard. (Attention AOL: If you do, please tell me. I'll figure a way to pimp it here without itseeming too obvious. How did I do this time? Also, I don't take Sunset Blvd. anymore.) ;-)