I was obsessed with AOL as a teenager. Like, it basically ruled my life. I was immersed in the world of ‘zines—online magazines just like this one—and even involved in a few. I co-founded one called Backstreet’z Cheezeballz with my bestie, Liz. It was a “humor”-based Backstreet Boys ‘zine, which featured pictures and information about the best boy band ever, BSB. KTBSPA!
I helped out with a Christina Aguilera fan zine called Not a Virgin, Not a Slut run by my wonderful friend, Kim.
I wrote for a lifestyle ‘zine called Gloss Magazine and an entertainment magazine called StarShine.
I was part of an exclusive inner circle in the Backstreet Boys fan-fiction world that emailed fan fiction chapters out week by week. In all, I emailed out two-and-a-half stories. (Two completed; one unfinished.) I even won an award for “Best New Writer.”
I was in chatrooms and played Nickelodeon games and made websites and learned about coding and writing and absorbed endless facts about the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears. My favorite AOL website was one called Who Da Man?, a BSB fansite that focused on humor. I would read it and laugh until I cried.
And when AOL was no longer a thing, I used AIM well into my teen years. It was where my now-husband first asked me on a date.
I loved everything about AOL, but mostly, I loved the friendships I made, several of which I maintain to this day.
So really, how could I not purchase these pins?
I got these from Patti Lapel for $24. A perfectly reasonable price for something that made me smile so big. Get your own here.