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The forgotten joys of journaling.

Perhaps it is feeling my age, or perhaps just my life-long fantasy of taking on the rolls of either Statler or Waldorf, but I'm a bit tired today.

I'm a bit tired of Twitter. The one-liners constantly flow, and it is nigh impossible to stay current with the flow. An hour or two without checking, and a whole portion of life could very well have passed you by. A day? A week? You are almost hopelessly out of touch.

I suppose I can consider myself one of the out-of-touch ranks. A long work week combined with travel and family life has pretty much eliminated my personal counter into the lives of others on my Twitter feed, and has in turn taken away my desire to keep hitting that refresh button.

I also spent some time the other day re-reading old LJ entries. You know how it goes... someone says something which prompts a memory of something you once wrote, and then you search for that writing, and the next thing you know you're clicking "next entry" over and over again until you've read more than a year of words written the past.

It made me realize how much I miss it. Remember that joy that went into writing a journal entry? The creativity that sometimes went in? Or what about the ability to reach out for a personal yet digital connection with others, that you can easily find again? The comments back to you and the comments to those comments always there to pull up and read once again.

Remember that community we all built? I got onto Livejournal because I had met a merry band of Boston folks. Livejournal was my constant connection to them. It gave me the opportunity to learn about them, read their thoughts, experience their lives. I can honestly and truly credit this old clunky site for dozens upon dozens of friendships, some still glowing bright, others wonderful memories. Wasn't that... well... cool? 

Here's to me turning a new leaf. Taking LJ back, to coin Kevin Smith. I promise to write more here - because even if no one is left to read it, I honestly miss the joys of writing in long-form. Here's to more than 128 characters! And yeah, I'll probably Tweet that I posted, because what is a journal post if not partially a desire for attention? *shrug*

So, hello again. Let's see if we can stick around here a little bit longer.


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Aug. 17th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
Aug. 17th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I'm still around and still hoping for an LJ revival! While I don't write as often as I used to, I still try to get a couple entries in per week. It's as much about having a memory to fall back on (as you just stated) as it is about keeping in touch with others. Facebook and Twitter both seem way too impersonal and generalized. LJ is really the only good way to get to know someone digitally, I think. =)
Aug. 17th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Hi you!

I keep meaning to write more -- because I miss journaling too, so I know what you mean.
I end up writing entries like once or twice a month, even if most of the time it's private stuff that I want to remember/come back to thinking about later :)
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
Look forward to it
Aug. 17th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)

Who are you and why are you on my friends list??!

Aug. 17th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
welcome back
I am here - so glad everyone is coming back - it was so lonely here.
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm here. Not posting much but reading every day. Welcome back. I've missed hearing what you're up to.

BTW, want to do your kinky Sedar this year???
Aug. 18th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Good to see you return, my friend.
Aug. 18th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
It is good to see your words here. I have the desire but I am trying to find the motivation. This helps. Your words about Waldorf and Statler and memories actually reminded me of the night Emrys and I presented your poster to you ar SELF. Your smile was something that was so genuine that I shall never forget it. *Thanks* for the reminder!
Aug. 18th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
So glad you're back on LJ!! I'm not around as much as I used to be either, but welcome back! Miss you!
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. Don't Twitter. I've avoided it like the plague. Use FB but only because there is chess as well as games that are totally mindless, but I'm very careful what I say over there.

Welcome back. I'm making a concerted effort to read and post here from time to time.
Aug. 18th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'm right there with you! I miss posting to LJ, and how much everyone interacted on here "way back when".

Let's start a LJ revival! :)
Aug. 19th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm here. I still read LJ every day, often multiple times. I'm really happy to see some people coming back, and I'm trying to do the same.

I tried Twitter. I'm not sure I lasted a month before I gave up. I could probably read it 24/7 and still not keep up.

I'm so glad to see you pop up here again. xoxo
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
That almost sounds like a scene to me. Statler and Waldorf sitting up in their box, surveying the dungeon, and providing a running dialog.

I have not ever been fond of Twitter. Strangely enough I got into it to follow a person that I don't have any communication with anymore. I still use it to keep up with a few people which is why I keep it around. It doesn't have the sense of community for me. I refused to use LJ for years. When I finally did join I used it to keep up with my close friends. Then I started trading LJ names with people at cons. Next thing I know it's how I keep up with people. It became a community for me. Now Facebook is all the rage. Many of these people I don't really know by their real name, nor they I. And, LJ seems to have fallen by the wayside. Thus the community has disbanded. I hope like most things it's cyclical and the community will return. I'm concerned we've lost it.
Aug. 19th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Glad to read this - I always enjoy your posts, and even though we're local, it's a great way to keep in touch with what's going on in your head when I haven't seen you in a while.

I'm still here, never left. But I've also dropped off posting. I'd like to get back to it, since I miss about it a lot of what you mentioned. (I'm not on twitter, but I have the same feelings about Facebook.) It was also the way I got to know people better, especially people from other areas - and let them get to know me, too. I miss seeing so many people's post pop up in my LJ feed - these days it's one or two people who post a lot, mostly. So I'm happy to hear that I'll be reading more of you. And I hope to provide more from me, too.
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
It is good to see you drop a post here.

It was your fault, in the first place, I ever got onto LJ. I have to say, writing in my LJ helped me get through those years of caring for my mom and being somewhat isolated.

~ Pug
Sep. 8th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
I've written almost nothing... okay...nothing here for over two years. Maybe it's time to start again. I don't know. Was good to see your smile last spring. Hope ya'll are well and happy.
Jul. 10th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
wish I had this ambition.
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