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We've got a pulse!!! [Jun. 25th, 2010|10:54 am]
Zoethe
As an antidote to the claim that Live Journal is dying, Cat Valente has vowed to write something of substance every day for the next 30 days. This is the kind of project I can support, so I am going to try to do the same, not so much to counteract the claimed death throes as to jumpstart my own blogging. Of course, the first one has to be about why I even need to engage in such an act.*

It's easy to blame it on Twitter and Facebook. I got on Facebook because my girls were on there, so it was a good way to keep up with them. Then Twitter because Ferrett was on it and I felt like I was missing out on part of his life. But it's easy to lose time and even the thread of conversations - I see a comment from one friend to another that looks like it has an interesting context, but before I can scroll down to the original comment I've forgotten what I was looking for. Twitter is like crack for the ADD.

But it's also like junk food. It's quick and easy, but not very filling. And it's created a strange conundrum: it used to be that brief observations ended up on LJ, but now I feel like they don't belong here. I don't twitter feed because I find them annoying, but I also feel like an idiot broadcasting 140 character observations over three different websites. By the time I get done, I feel like I'm making way too big of a deal out of something minor. So LJ gets left out.

But part of community is sharing the mundane as well as the thoughtful. That's what separates an editorial journal from a place where one makes friends. And Twitter and Facebook are eating up that daily life, long distance friendship function - but doing it badly. It's nice to see those snippets of the lives of people I know well, but I don't feel like I've fostered new relationships there of the kind that we have built here. Some of my dearest friends are people I know only because of LJ. I don't anticipate getting that on Twitter or Facebook, and I don't want the good LJ friends I have now to be the last of the LJ friends I make.

So I'm going to focus on writing here daily. I'm not going to promise that every one of my entries is going to be deep or particularly substantive, because I think that too much concern about depth and substance may be why I don't write here often enough anymore. I'll give you opinions, yes, but I'm also going to give you me. I didn't realize I was withholding that, but I think I have been.



*I'm not going to enter the debate about Dream Width. I have a DW account, but this is where my community is, so this is where I'm still writing.
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[User Picture]From: daemonnoire
2010-06-25 03:03 pm (UTC)
I've set things up so that Facebook, MySpace, and Livejournal all grab my tweets and post them appropriately. That way I don't feel so bad about posting to Twitter, and if I need to update everything all at once, I can.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 04:11 pm (UTC)
But I am guilty of skipping most people's retweets. It's just not the same.
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[User Picture]From: teaa
2010-06-25 03:23 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to take better advantage of livejournal recently. I still really enjoy reading posts here, so I've been trying to contribute more. Especially lately with all my ovary issues. Not exactly something I want to talk about with people I haven't spoken to since grade school. But I also don't want to use livejournal just to whine. Which is tough not to do with my current health issues. I'm not going to try and do daily posts, but perhaps I should endeavor to post as many good things as I do frustrating things. If I end up getting surgery that may be a little difficult. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 04:21 pm (UTC)
If people hide what's bothering them, then we don't really get to know them. There is a fine line to walk. But I agree that it's good to try and post positive stuff, not just for one's audience but also because it's a good exercise in feeling happy.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2010-06-25 03:25 pm (UTC)
I appreciate your message. I originally joined LJ because my kids were all here, and since they were teens and their lives were busy, it was a good way to keep up with what was going on.
Now my kids have moved on to Facebook and Twitter. I have joined Facebook, and think to call it up once or twice a week, but Twitter doesn't interest me.
I spend probably a half hour a day on LJ, as I've made some friends I share with and usually answer the Writer's Block each day. I often post stories about current things (small rants, occasional unusual things that occurred, or just sharing good or bad news about my little world) or I share stories of my childhood, my parents or my kids younger years.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 04:23 pm (UTC)
My flist reading is spotty. I am trying to be better at it.
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[User Picture]From: nex0s
2010-06-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
I hate Facebook with the burning passion of a thousand fiery suns. Ugh.

I like Twitter.

But LJ is my main thing, and remains so. I have met and made a ton of friends here, and pretty much want to meet everyone I haven't met yet!

Speaking of which - I have Mommy brain and for 2 days have been wondering if I ever sent you the package I intended to send you with garlic seeds & odd beer, or if I just imagined I sent it to you and didn't do any such thing at all.

N.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
You did and I'm totally rude if I didn't tell you so!
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[User Picture]From: smartlikeatruck
2010-06-25 04:20 pm (UTC)
This is a really good idea, though I doubt that I can manage a post every day. I'm still posting at about the same pace I always have, once or twice a week... What I don't do much anymore? Comment. I vow to COMMENT THE HECK out of people!

And to post a little more as well.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 04:31 pm (UTC)
Commenting is great! It's really helpful to build community when we talk to each other.
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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2010-06-25 04:24 pm (UTC)
i wont do facebook for two reasons: 1. my kids are on there, and i want them to feel free to post exactly what they are feeling without risk of parental concern biting them in the arse. and 2. all my aunts with nothing better to do have farmville addictions and i am NOT NOT NOT going to be drawn into THAT family dramafest.

i like livejournal. i love my friends here, i love seeing good news and happiness, i cry right along with bad news and struggle with knowing there is nothing i could do to really help except offer to listen.

my LJ is much like the long gone aol message boards. in fact my f-list is inhabited by many people i knew back then. i'm glad i have them still in my life, and this gives me some warm fuzzy feelings, too.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-25 04:41 pm (UTC)
I have nothing of great substance to add, except that the prospect of hearing more from you makes me happy. And I hope to have useful comments to add in the future.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: merchimerch
2010-06-25 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm guilty of contributing less to LJ than I used to, and so are many of my friends.

For my crowd, I think that it has a lot to do with finishing grad. school and gaining busier and fuller lives.

Facebook has definitely stolen away the innocuous observation portion of my posts, and I think that I'm making almost the same amount of substantive posts as I used to. Possibly less because my life is less dramatic than it was in my mid-twenties.

I definitely agree with you that I am attached to this community and I don't want to see it atrophy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 06:52 pm (UTC)
The Twitter feed is not a viable substitute for actual entries. I don't think most people read them. Short is better than nothing.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-06-25 05:20 pm (UTC)
Some of my dearest friends are people I know only because of LJ. I don't anticipate getting that on Twitter or Facebook, and I don't want the good LJ friends I have now to be the last of the LJ friends I make. Ditto. Sadly I've also lost touch with a lot of cool LJ people because of FaceBook. I don't think that Twitter really drew many people away from LJ like FB has. Honestly I still don't get the appeal of FB it seems like LJ lite. Basically if LJ is too much work( and it is judging from the things I see from friends on FB) here is something with games.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is definitely much less substantive. I keep my LJ life and my FB life completely separate because my family does not need to be in my LJ, but I can keep up with them on FB. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have a reason to be there.
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[User Picture]From: weds
2010-06-25 05:40 pm (UTC)
My experience with Twitter is far from the junk food metaphor, and I kind of have to grit my teeth and remind myself other people don't experience what I do during these conversations, I'm afraid.

Then again, my paralysis over posting to LJ hasn't exactly resulted in any demand for content on either front, so I'm not sure it matters in my case. :/
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 06:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it works for you, and you are a more substantive poster than most. Have you built relationships on it?
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[User Picture]From: ladyfox7oaks
2010-06-25 06:27 pm (UTC)
It's kind of funny, I've actually found that the Twitter is helping my blogging. If only because I use loudtwitter to autopost my day's tweets, and then I'll go in and post a comment or three as to the context.
So that, should I ever go back to re-read or find some particular reference, I can, and not be completely lost. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 07:00 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a different kind of temperament. I like it here with my buggy whip. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: jenk
2010-06-25 06:59 pm (UTC)
seanan_mcguire usually posts something of substance every day, or every other day. While working on two series being published by different publishers, and recording an album, and.... I'm in awe.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-25 07:01 pm (UTC)
Now I'm completely intimidated! Wow!
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[User Picture]From: roaming
2010-06-26 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad to read this, and agree with all you say. I find FB too fragmented, it actually exhausts me to read it. Part of it is the layout. And yes, I'm ADD'd. It makes it worse.

I don't write on LJ every day -- and I don't know that I would want to or will make an intention to do so, though I think daily journalling is a very good practice -- because I'm too ADD'd and get sidetracked in whatever is happening IRL at the moment. That and I'm not feeling very interesting these days. Don't want to inflict things like lists of what I might eat, or did eat, on my friends. :-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 04:49 am (UTC)
It's a balancing act, no doubt.
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[User Picture]From: midnightsjane
2010-06-26 05:18 am (UTC)
I set up a Facebook account because some of my flist were there..but the novelty wore off very quickly, and I rarely look at it.
LJ remains my place of choice, for all the reasons you quote and more.
I'm happy you plan to be here more.
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[User Picture]From: gnostraeh
2010-06-26 03:33 pm (UTC)
I bounced over here on a link from one of my LJ friends. So far I have avoided Facebook, but the pull is there because my grown kids are there. If I do go, I know it wouldn't be like LJ and I don't intend to leave LJ, ever. I have made such really good friends here and I can share things that I would not want to share with the general public, and as you said, friends from grade school.

Mostly I want to say THANK YOU. Good sentiments expressed here. I will make efforts to keep on my toes with posting and commenting.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-06-26 04:14 pm (UTC)
The computer is a time sink, one way or another. I have to make better decisions about how to sink my time.
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