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LJ 18th anniversary, or The irony, it burns! [Apr. 17th, 2017|03:11 pm]
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Car crash at Somerset Street & Percy, Ottawa, taken in January or February of 2017. Click for full-size image.

It's pretty hard to believe it's been 13 and a half years since I joined Livejournal. Paradoxically, it's also pretty hard to believe it's only been 13 and a half years since I joined Livejournal.

What's even harder to believe, is that I've been on Dreamwidth since May of 2009, just shy of eight years, – more than half the time I've been on Livejournal – during which I have made DW my home, cross-posting to LJ from here.

14 years. 8 years. Either way, the mind boggles.

Anyway, over the years, LJ/DW (but especially) it has at times been a central part of my online life, if recent years have seen its importance diminish (almost the only posts I've made directly to LJ since moving to DW have been an automated record of my tweets). And now, the movement away from LJ to DW, which started fitfully back in 2009, seems to have really taken off. Last I checked (two or three days ago) there were a half-dozen dead journals listed on my LJ Friends List; there might be more now).

I'm not closing my LJ. Not yet, anyway. Nostalgia and inertia are powerful forces, and the Doctor Who community over there is still pretty strong. More importantly, I'm not much more concerned about servers being located in Russia than I am about DW's being located in the United States. Indeed, a case could be made that, as a Canadian, I am more likely to be targeted by nefarious forces in the USA than I am by the powers-that-be in Russia.

But regardless, as a wannabe writer and sometime publisher, the vast majority of my on-line life is conducted in public. And I harbor no illusions that anything I post on someone else's server is not accessible to government forces should they happen to put me in their cross-hairs.

So here I am; and there I will stay. And a happy anniversary to me, and to Livejournal.

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

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[User Picture]From: tfcocs
2017-04-17 11:51 pm (UTC)
My LJ had a Bat Mitzvah last year, on August 9. I am not going anywhere; I keep the DW around for cross posting purposes. I too started there in 2009, as a way to keep my moniker my own. FWIW, I also have a permanent account over at Insane Journal, for the same reasons. In fact, I have a permanent account over there, too, Of course, that only costs forty dollars. It seems like a good investment of a little cash. If I use them, or not, these are my homes.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2017-04-18 04:18 am (UTC)

I'm glad to hear it

"Homes" is a nice way of putting it.

I remember, back in the early days of the net, watching, and sometimes participating in, debates as to whether or not things that occur online constitute part of "real life".

I think the answer is obvious to most of us by now (Yes, it most certainly is!) and, if memory serves, that was my position from very early on, back when usenet was Royalty, but it certainly wasn't obvious to everyone. (Nor, for that matter, was it even easy to explain to non-users just what the internet was — but I digress.)

Anyway, I'm glad to know that some of us intend on staying put. Whatever DW does (or doesn't) become to me in the future, LJ will always have an important spot in my heart; and I'd hate to see it go the way of ott.singles, or ott.rec.books.

P.S. I didn't even know Insane Journal was still extant! I don't think I ever had an account it, but am going to see if I can find out right now! ETA: A quick scan of email archives, and attempts to log in using likely user IDs suggest I didn't did have one. which is probably just as well; I can contain only so many multitudes!

Edited at 2017-04-18 04:21 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2017-04-19 05:56 pm (UTC)
I for one am glad that you are still here!

I love the semi shared, semi private nature of this site. For me it is the notion that someone somewhere might see your personal journal and relate to it which is so beautiful.

Our journals have definitely evolved. I miss your long and detailed posts but also understand the need for privacy and the restraints of time. And also even more importantly, that when you are contented in life, the psychological need to post is significantly lessened. That is the most important thing.

Big hugs! and happy wishes for the future of livejournal!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2017-04-20 10:58 pm (UTC)

The mutual admiration society continues :)

I love the semi shared, semi private nature of this site.

As do I (and I'm glad that Dreamwidth is there, Just In Case).

For what it's worth, I miss my long and detailed posts too, and am kind of flattered that you do also. Used that way, LJ was like writing long letters to a few friends, or so it felt. And still is for some people. And could be again for others, if only we find the time and energy and inspiration.

Me, I want to try ...

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