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Hmm, so.

Hmm, so. If I were to travel back to LiveJournal to journal and live and stuff, a bit. Who would I be reading? Seems most folks I followed are gone (the quiet gone of tumbleweeds, not the gone-gone of deletion, though there's some of that as well). Some folks I follow are not. (Hello!) Though in some cases I hardly know you, outside of—you were a writerperson I did writer-ish things with, online, on LiveJournal, in some way; and I've got no clue what's going on with you, have lost the story of your life.

And then there's folks who seem to "re-blog" to LiveJournal, and interact with comments there. And I'm interested in that, too, but I think I'm looking for conversations, both ways (and I know how presumptive that is of me, not having been here for years upon years). I sift through the twit-stream with a handful of accounts, sniping comments and opinions and thoughts; occasionally post longer things to facebook (well, longer than tweets). Rarely something to Google+ to see whether I'll get different responses there than facebook. Facebook and Twitter are where I get my news; Twitter is where I get my interactions with writers, for the most part. One of my favorite publications was sparked there; and some of my favorite writing (including co-writing).

I did post a life update a little bit back. Not much beyond that (maybe I should look into posting a before-and-after-yard-work thing). Down in Los Angeles this week, doing yard work (yard clearance), and a few other work-ish things while "on vacation" with Amy for her birthday-week-of-fun. The ice cream cakes (yes, multiple) have been delightful. =) Might be getting another one tomorrow to round it out. ;)

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Hilaire Smith
Aug. 31st, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
eenie, meenie, miney....
Too many social networking things to keep up with. :D I haven't checked out Twitter. I'm not really inclined to. I have a Google+, but I only really post my blog link and nothing else. So, what is/was livejournal and how did/does it differ from all the rest?
kaolinfire
Aug. 31st, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: eenie, meenie, miney....
:heh: LiveJournal is one of the oldest (not sure if it predates myspace—yep, 1999 versus 2003! Facebook 2004. Twitter 2006!?)

Its take is more "journal"-oriented. You're more expected to keep up with your friends, scroll back to catch up on their posts, etc. Your friends aren't supposed to post so much (maybe a few updates a day when there's a lot going on). Posts are generally longer (a few paragraphs, or more). You can embed images, or fancier formatting as you like. I suppose it's more a contemporary of wordpress (2003), when you come down to it; you blog (about your life or whatever), but the concept of a "blogroll" and "friends" are more built in. It's got google-circles type posting (you can filter posts by group-of-friends, either posting to or reading).

Of course, these days you can crosspost from livejournal to facebook or twitter. ;)

There've been projects to bundle posts-by-year (for a given account) as physical books, if that gives you a feel for the idea. :)

Mind you, that's all my opinion mixed with some idea of best-practices, not necessarily any individual's experience of LJ. ;)

Edited at 2012-08-31 06:33 pm (UTC)
nibot
Sep. 1st, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
*tumbleweed*
/rolls by
kaolinfire
Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: *tumbleweed*
*pew pew pew*
cussedness
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
I've been gone for years myself. I have pretty much gotten out of the habit of journaling, even on my wordpress acct. Mostly short stuff on twitter and facebook. After way too much drama, I became exhausted by it all. My attention turned inward and away from outward. I also use Skype a lot to chat. In fact, I probably chat more than anything else nowadays, and even that is fading. I suppose I'm going through a lot of changes. Even my interest in mmo's has faded.
kaolinfire
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
:heh: I'm thankful my interest in MMO's was essentially done before the term came around, sated with MUDs, MUSHes, and MUSEs in highschool. Trying furiously to get back to writing, while keeping gamedev and work and editing and life all going, too. Came across the cover I did for Mother Damnation a while ago...thank you for that arc of my life. I don't think I would have ever gotten to do book covers without your pushing. :)

I do try to stay away from drama. That's nasty stuff....
cussedness
Sep. 1st, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I completely missed the Age of MUDs, and landed on warcraft because a friend was insisting. I've been playing Runes of Magic, but I'm tired of it. Mid-September I start something different for me. Torchlight 2 comes out and has a multiplayer option, so I'm going to play with my kid and two friends.

I'm very happy that you got fully into doing covers. You have a huge talent for it.
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