Today is the seventh anniversary of my first LJ post. Another fourteen years and I’ll be able to buy it a beer!
The thing I’ve noticed about LJ in the last year or two is that it’s resembling a neighborhood that has seen a few of the residents moving out and some of those who remain keeping to themselves more. (I’m from Detroit, so this is a familiar feeling.) Obviously I have to own up to my own diminished rate of posting and commenting, but I’m seeing less to read in other journals and the friends lists of others. I’m in no position to crack a whip over other LJers (“write more, dammit!”), still, I miss some of the posts and comments from people who’ve drifted away.
I’ll set aside the issues with the sequence of LJ’s parent companies. I do not claim those issues are unimportant. What’s perhaps more salient, though, is the theory that Facebook and Twitter have been distracting more bloggers than any problems with SixApart or SUP’s administration of LJ. I don’t exactly understand that in one way, because Facebook and Twitter serve different purposes from LJ’s (and Blogger’s, Dreamwidth’s, WordPress’s, etc.). Yet I know myself that the amount of time I spend on both Facebook and Twitter leaves me less time to create for LJ. Maybe that’s the real issue, the whole thing about time being finite. I have pondered the idea of moving my blog, but can find no better place for it right now than LJ, and that’s largely because it’s not the host that’s ultimately the issue. Besides, I still like the community here and how well that’s facilitated by the software.
Speaking of community, “although it’s been said many times, many ways,” I greatly appreciate the people who read and comment here, as much as I appreciate being able to read and comment on the journals of the people who write here. Thank you.
And now, for what’s really important… Statistics!
1,343 Journal Entries, 131 Tags, 14 Memories, 100+ ScrapBook Files, 0 Virtual Gifts, 17 Userpics
4,040 comments received, 4,645 comments posted
Generated by LJ Comment Stats.
Note: #9 and #21 are the same person, so if you combine those stats (88+24=112) she’s in 7th position. Plus my comments shouldn’t count, but I’d have to edit every row in the table and I have to wash my hair.