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Writer's Block: Dear LiveJournal

How long have you been on Livejournal? What major life changes has LiveJournal witnessed?


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?

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bogwitch
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
My LJ is only a couple of months younger than yours. Such a lot has changed! It feels like forever!
gamiila
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
It certainly does feel like forever, and it feels like home. Over the years, I may have flirted with other services (GreatestJournal, InsaneJournal, Dreamwidth, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter), but it's never lasted for long and in the end I always come back to LJ.

And I'm very happy that you've been here all these years, too.
nwhepcat
Mar. 5th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I miss Tia! I got to visit her 3 times while I was living in Idaho, and she is such a sweetheart. Fandom is poorer without her.

Last I knew you could screen anonymous comments, which doesn't save YOU any irritation, but does keep your friends from seeing the spam, and allows real comments from nonLJ peeps. I did that for a while until the spam calmed down. I'm kind of an open-access believer, unless there's major reason for a lockdown.

I think I've been here over 8 years myself -- yep, first post was 9/11/02. Wow.
gamiila
Mar. 5th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I miss Tia, too. Still, after all these years. Without her, extending the hand of virtual friendship, I doubt I'd have stuck at this LJ-lark for very long.

I do already screen anonymous comments, and comments from users that are not on my flist, so luckily the recent spam messages have reached my eyes only...but oh! my eyes! I'm assuming these are sent by bots, and the only way LJ could take action is to institute captchas on comments...but that would then create a new source of irritation.
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