How do I make my AOL "my journal" blog public?
Hi, first of all, can you make my blog public? Also, can you walk me through how to publish e-mail to my blog? Keep in mind, I do not know my blog's address. I can access it through 'my journal', please help me. Thanks, Kimi.
You're writing from an America Online (AOL) address, so I'm going to assume that you're talking about the America Online service, Kimi. As you say, the first challenge with AOL is to find the My Journal section in the first place. I logged in - using the Mac software - and am trying to figure out where My Spaces is located.
Logically, I type in "My Journal" into the search box, just to find that AOL has taken me out of its site and shown me Web-wide results, the first of which is my-journal.com, which definitely isn't what we seek.
On the other hand, reading it a bit more closely reveals that the graphic at the top of the page isn't an advertisement, it's the following:
That looks promising. I click on Journals Help then Creating A Simple Journal and Announcing Your Journal. Here's what AOL has to say at this point:
That should help you figure things out in terms of your public URL. Remember, you can always send yourself a notification of your new journal / blog and therefore figure out its public address too.
In terms of having email automatically turned into a posting, I don't believe that the AOL My Journal system supports that feature. I might be wrong, but there's no clue in the help system about how to accomplish this fairly advanced task, so I surmise you're stuck having to go to the online system and enter your messages by hand.
If you want to get a taste of the AOL My Journal system, you can also start with John Scalzi's By The Way... site. John is paid by AOL to blog, so he can also serve as an additional resource for you as you learn more about My Journal for yourself.
Good luck to you!
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