Out of curiosity I tried the “search” function on the AOL Journals Main Page for both Multiple Sclerosis and Caregiving. Yes, I tried all logical variations of both words.
I was surprised to discover basically ONLY 3 active journals for Multiple Sclerosis and 3 active journals for Caregiving. Yet a search for the word “bird” produced more active journals than anyone would ever have the time to read.
As for MS – 400,000 Americans have MS and 200 per week are newly diagnosed according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
As for Caregiving – EVERYONE will one day know or love some one who can no longer take care of himself or herself.
I don’t know what percentage of the Internet market AOL has and I don’t know what percentage of homes in general participate in journals. However the proportions of topics like MS and Caregiving in relation to ‘birds’ does seem odd?
Perhaps reality journals are too much like a mutated Dickens's ghost of time future ...
... OR as my teenage daughter often explains, “Dad, NOBODY reads AOL Journals. (followed by alternating sighing and tongue clicking sounds) and I NEED to use the computer!” … The balance of parenting always helps to keep it all in perspective. <grin>.