Back in the beginning of April 2003, tiashome , who let her own (permanent) account lapse a year and a half later, sent me an invitation code; and after giving the matter some thought for a couple of days, I started my journal on April 9th...which means that as of next month, I will have been here 8 years.
In that time, I have lost two of my best friends in RL, a close cousin and, most recently, my father, all of whose deaths have affected me deeply; I've taken redundancy from one job and been unfairly dismissed from another; and I've been enchanted by the musical talents of Common Rotation and David Berkeley which has impelled me to follow them on tour in the US, the UK and France. As for LJ itself, I think it's fair to say that it has broadened my horizons, and I'll be forever grateful to it for having brought me in touch with some of the most wonderful people around the globe, who in many cases have become personal, RL friends as well.
My journal is public, as I feel I have nothing to hide; but lately, having suffered a spate of spam messages from empty accounts apparently set up to promote their internet porn pages, I wonder if I shouldn't go Friends Only and be done with it. Although that would cut off those of my friends who, for one reason or another, haven't set up their own journal yet...or would it?