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Nov. 1st, 2014 | 06:15 pm

Do you have any idea how hard it is to start using the livejournals again, after all these years?


I don't mean that it's psychologically difficult--that takes merely the right cocktail of loneliness and thoughtfulness and then it just feels natural. I mean the actual mechanics of resuming use of a highly customizable site that you customized many years ago.

What the hell are all these groups? How did I care so much about this fine grained distinction? Why do I have groups that overlap if you can just post to multiple groups at once? Why didn't I use the ∩ symbol in group names? I can now. Was I really satisfied back then with using a capital N to denote intersection?

I almost can't relate to myself back then.

It's also hard to relate to the livejournals themselves. Why is there so much pagination? What's a spoiler? I only know what lj-cut does. What are these social buttons? I feel like livejournal really has no place in the massively interlinked social web. Livejournal was a secret place, an isolated place. We all abandoned it when people started piping in their tweets. The only reason this appeals to me now is to have that solace again.

[Spoiler (click to open)]Although, I guess, yeah I'll probably post this on facebook.


When I opened the page to make a post it offered to restore my last draft from who knows when. It was a short draft. It was the title of this post.
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David Molnar

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from: ephermata
date: Nov. 3rd, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
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For me, Livejournal is the last refuge of a long form, reflective, interactive writing that I used to have with Usenet back in the day and now I rarely see. In addition, there are enough old friends of mine still here, even after all this time, that I keep coming back.

I agree there is a recent revival. I am happy to see that. I do also agree that as I get older and "wiser" the distinctions and the small nuances of how LJ works have lost their legibility for me. On the other hand, I also see much less "LJ-drama" so perhaps it's a worthwhile trade.

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