Today is the fifth anniversary of my LiveJournal. I should’ve baked it a cake.
I think that when I started it, I had some plan that I would write those newspaper-column type essays that I always thought I would write someday. Really, when I was a kid, I wanted to write a newspaper column. I don’t remember the names of the great columnists of my youth at the moment (except for local legend Bob Talbert, that is), but modern day equivalents would be Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, or Mitch Albom, maybe. Ah, dreams…. I’ve done a few pieces closer to that end of the spectrum, but I learned that it takes a lot of work to write about current affairs consistently, and given that I have a job that takes a lot of work, most of what I write here isn’t what one would call great editorial literature. Mencken continues to rest undisturbed.
But I still enjoy it here, still enjoy writing, and especially enjoy reading other people’s journals. It was discovering other people writing fascinating things here that I was inspired to start my own. I didn’t know these folks, but I was still drawn in. I think the first LJ I looked at regularly was Ozy & Millie creator D.C. Simpson’s. Soon after that I discovered axiomaxiom‘s fine writing, and even though I still haven’t “friended” either I follow both journals on and off. I even read their friends lists, even though I have a friends list of my own.
I do like my friends list too. Lots of interesting and entertaining people are on it, some of whom I know, some of whom I’d like to meet in “meatspace” someday. It’s been fun, and I’m glad you’re all there writing and reading. That goes for the anonymous posters too (you know who you are).
Like a corporate annual report, here’s the statistical portion:
Journal entries: 1,069
Comments: Posted: 4,009 – Received: 3,339
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
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