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I've been re-reading a lot of my old LiveJournal posts here in the past week or so.  It's really weird.

In some ways, LJ and FB are very similar: both were often filled with inane pointless fun social banter, mixed with the occasional serious stuff.

But the differences are great.  LJ is a blog world.  Its very format gives priority to the original poster, encourages longer initial posts, makes conversations more trackable, and was not quite as wildly trite and random as Facebook has since become.

In short, I rather miss the LJ community I had in college.

Y'all were a fun bunch of people.  Becky, Amanda, Scottious, Mr. Mike, Matt, Ryan, Emily, Kristen D., Kristen R., Marissa, Jen, Jenn, Joey, Marge, Tiffany, Mel, Ali, Barb, Tea, Ginny, and a few other people from time to time.  A few of you still actually use LJ, and I actually do still read most of the posts that show up on my friends list.  Not having seen most of you (or actually, any of you) for a few years has made it difficult for me to keep up with your lives.  I like written communication a lot, but in terms of relationships I thrive on presence.  Without being around people, it's hard for me to keep that connection active.  I do feel fiercely loyal to a number of friends who were once close, and that does feed a desire to rekindle old friendships, should the opportunity arise.

Yeah, yeah, I'm basically Mr. Nostalgia.  I have a thing for looking back fondly at the past, regardless of the feasibility of bringing any of it back.  I long for eternity in ways that are sometimes silly and arbitrary.  We have our quirks, eh?

I still write, including blogging.  Mostly it's the "professional" kind where one talks about one's job, life calling, or whatever.  For me that's Christianity, spirituality, the Bible, history, religion, and the subjects that occur when these topics are combined in various ways.  It's satisfying, it's fun, and it helps me learn and grow.  But it's not a social scene of a group of friends like LJ was/is.  (The simultaneously fun & frustrating thing about Facebook is that it combines both of these features.)

As such, I've been pondering making a point of returning to LiveJournal.  Things won't be what the once were, obviously, but I can't help but wonder what might happen if I try.  I know a couple friends are intentionally gone from LJ and a couple friends are actively still around.  As for the many in between... hi!  I've missed you :-)

Date: 28 Jan 2013 18:33 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay yay yay! Come back to LJ!!

Date: 21 Mar 2017 12:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm thinking about it.

Date: 31 Jan 2013 18:19 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good to hear from you again!

Date: 21 Mar 2017 12:26 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You too :)

Date: 3 Feb 2013 03:31 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I randomly decided just a few moments ago to check LJ, after a few months hiatus, and saw your post. I know what you mean about the nostalgia--this small part of the world has changed quite a bit in the past few years. It's funny how fast things move--I guess that's why they call it the web--it branches out, intertwining different ideas and forming new platforms for expressing thought. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I liked the way you talked about connection, that you thrive on presence. I feel that way too a lot of the time, and it was nice to see someone else iterate that. :>)


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