Lessons from AOL J-Land

What I’ve learned about life from AOL journals so far:

1. Spelling doesn’t matter.

2. Grammar doesn’t matter. (I suppose that those who can’t spell generally can’t be expected to use the misspelled words correctly!)

3. If you do spell correctly and use grammar correctly at the same time, you must be taking life too seriously!

4. When you write sentences that contain non-words like “bleh” or “meh,” it’s time to stop writing…you’ve run out of useful things to say. What do those mean, anyway?!?

5. Just like at the family dinner table, talking about religion or politics will get people riled up, and not all of them will be nice about it.

6. Most of the people who read these entries don’t leave comments, even when they’re welcome.

7. The more logically and rationally you make your argument, the more likely someone who disagrees with you will resort to name-calling without offering any reasonable counter-argument.

8. People of different races, generations, and political affiliations are capable of agreeing with each other on something!

9. Journal cliques are not nearly as big a deal as they’re made out to be.

10. Compared to some people, my life is dull, boring and uneventful. Compared to others, I have it pretty damned easy.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.