If I were married to LJ, according to the etiquette books, we would be jointly receiving gifts of bronze today. I have no idea what sorts of gifts. The only things I’ve ever seen in bronze are bronzed baby shoes. Does anyone even do that anymore? Anyway… Yep, this LJ turned the Big 8 today, and I don’t mean CKLW AM 800 from the 1970s. (Dammit. I miss them, in that weird nostalgic way one comes to miss the annoying things from youth. See, I was a WJR listener, which really fits with the photo of me with the little old man hat. My sister listened to The Big 8. No more needs to be said.)
Well, now that I’ve lost everyone except altivo…. See, people used to listen to AM radio because it played music and wasn’t full of talk show hosts with agendas and … oh never mind.
Three years ago, I explained how I got here and why I stayed. That’s all still applicable. Last year I bemoaned the slow subsidence of the LJ cult; unfortunately that’s still applicable too. I’m surprised the Russian political scene has not interrupted more on LJ than it has (though I suppose were I in, I dunno, St. Petersburg, I might have a different opinion). But the loud sucking sound coming from Facebook hoovering up the social media devotees continues unabated, I think. There’s only so many hours in a day, and after checking the status of your cousins for the 34th time in a day and seeing the latest round of cat, dog, and weasel macros, one really must put in some time on work. That gets in the way of LJ. Or maybe that’s just me.
I’m trying (maybe not succeeding) to not wax elegiac on LJ. It’s premature for that, though I’d be lying if I tried to tell you I wasn’t afraid the thing will disappear on me, either from some cataclysmic hacker-caused crash this coming March (Russian elections are then) or the slow departure of every friend I have here. I can’t do much in either event. But I am trying to figure out what I can do to try to provide a reason for a few people to stay and even interact. Are there subjects I could write here that I haven’t before? Post more photos? Comment more? I think I hold back from commenting in other LJs, and maybe if I did write comments it would be welcome. It isn’t that I want to collect readers and comments for numbers’ sake. I still hope to write things that readers might enjoy and comment on. It’s harder than it looked eight years ago, it seems.
So now that I’ve made myself sound needy, thank you for sticking around here another year, and I hope you’re still here for a long time. I do read everything my friends post, as well as some things my friends’ friends post. Thank you for allowing me to do that.
And now, to reward you for getting this far….
It’s the annual statistical thingie, brought to you by LJ Comment Stats!
Generated by LJ Comment Stats.
- I again declined to remove myself from the list, due to sloth.
- #2 and #23 are the same person; combined total of 445 comments.
- #9 and #24 are the same person, combined total of 112 comments, which would be good for #8
- #1 and #52 are the same person; combined total of 1832 comments. Those two under my Facebook Open ID were tests to figure out how the Open ID worked.