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09:00 am: The undocumented years
Back in the day, I had a Livejournal blog where I kept in touch with a few dozen friends and acquaintances. I used it to push out updates that I thought people might find interesting, when they had the time to read. I used to post about once a day. Reading back through those posts gives a decent feel for where I was and what I was doing at the time. The signal to noise ratio was decently high. Compare with the triviality of facebook and the raw static of Twitter. Sure, there were plenty of posts about what I had for lunch - but I can also piece together a lot of my life during those years.

Having a standalone blog like this one is different. There's no community - and if there was a community it would be all about me and my posts. People would be checking on me in particular rather than checking in on what "the crew" was doing*. I think that's why I feel no particular urgency to put anything here at all. The crew is gone.

I'm sort of sad that the world has moved on and I'm no longer living a documented life. I'm in a mood to get all retrospective, and I lack the tools.

Or more loosely:

You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?


*: Yes, I'm aware of RSS feeds. I offer them. The point stands.

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From:medyani
Date:June 10th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Some of us are still using livejournal. I'm still following the exploits of a number of my friends via lj, and my lack of postiness has more to do with me and where I'm at now, than with lj waning.

I hope you'll consider coming back.
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From:_earthshine_
Date:June 18th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
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I share your perspective. Facebook has the people without the substance; LJ enables substance but lacks people.

I continue to post here now and again, hoping to foster whatever community might be here to rekindle. I use FB to let the far larger group know that i'm still breathing, and to gather a pseudo-random <1% sample of whatever noise is there. I've given up on the process being anything near perfect or efficient; i trust that it's better than one-on-one emails, only because of the time that would be required, and the fact that certain relationships don't bear it. It is what it is.

I encourage you to lean on the "journal" part for its own sake, and consider what remains of the "live" part merely a bonus. :)
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