In 1997, I was in seventh grade. I usually rode the bus, but since I stayed late, my Mom came and picked me up. As soon as I got in the car I knew something was wrong.
She looked very seriously at me and said, "What have you been doing on AOL?"
Other than talking to boys in chat rooms, I had started an Ezine, which is a small electronic magazine. I had subscribed to a couple and quickly realized I could do the same thing, much like this whole blog thing people do today.
I don't remember what it was called, but, it had articles and used about 17 different fonts and colors at one time. It had horoscopes, quizzes, just about everything a teen magazine would have. (Remember YM Magazine?) My Ezine was free and I started with sending it to just my friends.
To grow my subscriber base, I would post in AOL chat groups about my Ezine. It grew quickly. Very quickly. Within a month I had thousands of subscribers. Thousands.
What I didn't know was AOL monitored their users and they didn't like when said users had thousands of subscribers. So, they shut my entire family account down and called my Mom. Apparently, they thought I would start charging for a subscription and not give them a share of the profits.
I think in the end I won.
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.