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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 (twirlingtulip) was someone who just happened upon my journal, and another friend (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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twirlingtulip
Mar. 27th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
There are blessings in randomness
inevitability
Mar. 27th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I'm totally stoked that we'll see you again soon. :D

By the way, I was talking to Melissa about this the other day. If I was visiting PDX from out of town, I'd totally want to stay at the hostel on Hawthorne. It looks awesome, and Hawthorne (my neighborhood) is the best part of PDX.

http://www.portlandhostel.org/
twirlingtulip
Mar. 27th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
I liked the place that I stayed at last time, I'll stay there.
I may even do a bed and breakfast if I see one that catches my eye.
inevitability
Mar. 27th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Well, Melissa and I in the Hawthorne/Belmont district. And the location of the wedding is: www.adriannaballroom.com
goldrose
Mar. 27th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
you've been missed :)
inevitability
Mar. 27th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time! Hell, last time I was regularly posting I was still in law school. In fact, I think I was still a bit gawf. ;)
goldrose
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I might have been a bit gawf still too LOL
inevitability
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Heheh, yeah, you definitely were. I recall discussions of fangs. ;)
goldrose
Mar. 29th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
I miss those so much! AUGH
inevitability
Mar. 29th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
XD

I've traded in my goth for earth tones, corduroy, and buddy holly glasses. Also, short hair. Heh.
apestyle
Mar. 27th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Seems like everyone on LJ takes a break, my LJ-ery waned, and I'm slowly posting again.
inevitability
Mar. 28th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Makes sense. In fact, Tulip has chosen this exact point to bail on LJ. ;)
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