Ten years ago, I started this LiveJournal account. On the left is me in October 2003; on the right is from summer 2012 (it’s the most recent pic I have of the old LJ t-shirt):
I was a lot less gray back in 2003. Wow. I still have the t-shirt and the hat.
Sixteen hundred eighty-two posts, 5,298 comments posted, 5,347 comments received. Bunches of photos, a few videos. Lots of links.
When I started this, I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. This year, I still wondered what I should do with it. This writing random thoughts seems to be the thing, though. They say (you know, They) a blog should be focused on a topic in order to promote interest. I guess the only topic has really been me, which… y’know, I like being me, but whether I’m a topic that promotes interest, I dunno. There are readers, and I have a friends list. Maybe it works.
It has gotten very little notice outside LJ. Very early on, my blog got quoted by the Columbia Journalism Review when I said something about political speech based on fallacies. Much more recently, something I wrote about the end of the current ice age was cited by someone interested in such things (but the link seems to not work now). Other than that, friends and family have occasionally stumbled on it. Almost all the traffic is from other LiveJournal members.
With LJ, I always liked being able to discover people through what they wrote. I’ve read funny things, and I’ve read things that made me cry, even from people I didn’t know about till I found their LJ. Of course, I’ve read things that made me think, and I’ve learned a lot, and been entertained. There are a few LJ members who I think of as friends, even though I’ve never met them in real life.
Thank you, everyone who has read my LJ and who has let me read yours. It’s been a huge part of this past decade for me.