Anyone who is trying to follow journals outside of AOL can sign up for Changenotes.
It operates similar to alerts. Just add the url to your watchlist and you will be notified when the page updates. www.changenotes.com
I am sure there are others out there. This one was recommended by a good friend and former fellow Jlander ;) Thanks!
The downside is, it only notifies once a day.
But hey, it beats not knowing at all, doesn't it?
I understand how big of pain in the buttocks this is, believe me. I also understand how many people don't read if there are no alerts ;) And it is better than sending out emails to everyone for each entry....
Ok, I tried.....