Mar. 26th, 2010

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I've been part of the LJ community for almost 10 years now (user number 13,845 baby!). That's a long time. Other than school, I think that's the longest I've ever committed to a single thing. When I started, the community was small, scrappy, and surprisingly close knit. I remember going to LJ meetups in Seattle and meeting people from all walks of life. It was great.

During those early days I made friends in the community pretty quickly and there wasn't quite the signal to noise ratio that there is today, nor were there the problems with advertisers, etc. Now LJ is much more insular and cliquish than it was. You don't meet random friends the way we did in the early days. Hell, one of my friends ([livejournal.com profile] twirlingtulip) was someone who just happened upon my journal, and another friend ([livejournal.com profile] gina) became my friend largely because I shamelessly stole her user icon and she called me on it. The idea of something like that happening on facebook seems unlikely to say the least, which might be why I really dislike facebook.

With the rise of "friends only" LJ posts, LJ acquired many of the symptoms of facebook. It lost the openness of it. But there's still a charm here that I'm quite fond of and that I haven't seen in any other medium.

Ok, this post is getting away from me.

The point is that I think I'd like to return to LJ. It's been a very long time since I've used LJ on a regular basis. I think I'll change that.

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