Livejournal kind of messes with the definition of friends, doesn’t it? I think perhaps 20 people on my friendslist comment on my journal, out of nearly 200. That’s not counting any of the people I friended who never friended me back, (mostly celebrity-level furs, who have far too many people to keep up with as it is)
these are just the people who’ve added me to their friendslist at some point.
Now, I don’t mind that you’re all quiet. Most of you that never comment are probably just not that big into LJ and might look at it once in a week, if that. I figure if you’re watching me you must’ve seen something interesting/funny, and hopefully you continue seeing such today.
It’s just a little ironic that it’s a ‘friend’ list when it’s possible that the vast majority of your ‘friends’ are people you barely know or don’t know at all, and who never talk to you.
I’m guilty of it too! There are people I watch whose journals I read or at least skim, but I rarely venture a comment. Partially because I don’t feel I have the right to; I barely know ’em. And partially because not knowing them makes commenting kind of silly when you don’t know what to say. One young lady on my friend’s list was deeply affected by the Katrina disaster, and what can you say about that? What might offer hope? Encouragement?
If any of you are leery of commenting because you don’t know me well and vice versa, just go ahead. We’ll at least then have started getting to know each other. ;K)
Some of you know I’ve been working on a research paper for weeks now. I’ve procrastinated an awful lot too. Here’s the paper as it stands at 8:40 a.m. I have until 4:30 p.m. to get it to my professor’s office. Those of you who feel like wading through about eight pages of my paper about the democratization of journalism through blogging should peek at this and give me a brief but honest opinion of the piece as it is.
Hidden to avoid freaking people out with lots of big, boring words.
I’m doing a paper on blogs, and how I hope they’ll democratize journalism. But doing all this reading on blogs has me wondering…
Why did you start a blog/journal?
What keeps you posting?
Is it that interesting to keep up with the lives of people you’ve met a handful of times if *at all* in real life?
What in a blog/journal holds your interest?