In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Robbing livejournal to pay facebook

Well, it's no doubt that I make less entries nowadays than I used to. Part of it is due to the fact that my circumstances have changed over the years. Whereas I used to have a core group of friends on here, many of them have moved on and left me with relative strangers. Now, don't get me wrong here. I like quite a few of you for one reason or another, but I simply don't know many of you. We don't spend hours conversing on forums, I've never met any of you in person, and I couldn't list more than a handful of interesting facts about each of you. That's not to say that you're not all interesting people in your own right. It's just that we're not really friends-friends in the old definition of the word before the age where simply having someone on a 'friends list' indicated a commitment.

That being said, there are other reasons I make less entries and one of the main ones is facebook. I find that it's a lot quicker and easier to jot down a little something on the status update there than write a long rambling entry here. Take David Carradine's death as an example. I could have written an entry here about him but instead ended up with around a half dozen updates on facebook. The net result would have been the same more or less. Lots of celebration filled with schadenfreude and mocking glee. This would especially have been true when I got to the part about him having expired with a rope tied around his johnson. Ahh, good times. The difference though is on facebook, it took me next to no time to ramble off a few sentences and it got across the same point. Here, I would have felt obligated to have prattled on at length. Somehow, I just don't think it's right for people to use LJ as a twitter feed. Sure, an occasional 1 or 2 line entry is fine but if it becomes a habit it gets on my nerves.

I don't think I'm going to drop LJ anytime soon, but it just means that I'll find it harder and harder to craft entries. Take a look at how much wordage I've spent just in getting that point across. On a status update it could have been summed as 'Haven't been using LJ as much. Oh well'. The only sad part of it, I guess, is that status updates disappear into the ether. There's nothing really to look back on months or years down the line. I remember writing in one of my first entries here back in 2003 that I wasn't certain if I would ever go back and read the journal. I'm pretty sure now that I never will. I use it often as a search tool, trying to find bits and pieces of my life whose details I had forgotten, like I was searching the other day trying to find if I had ever written an entry about that time I accidentally set my head on fire (Short answer: no) but I just can't see ever wanting to read the whole thing like a book. Frankly, it's just not all that interesting and I find it hard to sometimes reconnect with the person who had written it in the first place.

Anyway, if any of you want to follow me on facebook, I think I still have a banner up on my LJ profile.
Tags: david carradine, facebook, lj-related

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