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Aug. 6th, 2001

I think about 40% of the entries I write in my private, paper journal are written on Mondays. This is probably because I feel most disconnected and grumpy Monday mornings, and writing is often a good way to cope with such feelings.

Something else occurs to me: since I started this journal, quite a few of my friends have said things like "I could never have a live journal, because I hate the thought of posting anything meaningful to me in a public forum." I wonder what percentage of live journal writers are therefore highly extroverted types? Speaking personally, I've always been an open book about almost everything. When people ask me how I'm doing, I'm likely to tell them in detail. For the most part, the only matters I keep to myself are ones that affect other people. I'm pretty good about keep other people's secrets, because they aren't mine to give away, you know?


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Aug. 6th, 2001 09:17 am (UTC)
there's nothing in my live journal. if there were, it would most likely be stuff like "packed the photo stuff today. decided never to watch 'gone with the wind' past the honeymoon in new orleans ever again. no breakfast *again*. . ."

you know, really nonpersonal, and uninteresting stuff.

i've an account just to comment.

nice to have long distance conversations that keep you in touch with people.

i think there's a fair number of people with live journals, or blogs, or what-have-you who are not particularly open, extroverted or warm fuzzy people, but who like the dialogue.
Aug. 6th, 2001 09:41 am (UTC)
I'm not really an extravert...
As you probably know, alot more is going on in my head than shows up here or on my blog. I don't mind telling people I know what I think in person (sometimes to excess, unfortunately), but I don't necessarily want things that matter to me immortalized for comment by people who aren't close to me.

And I'm often strangely embarrassed at seeing how strongly I feel about personal things put down on paper.
Aug. 6th, 2001 07:47 pm (UTC)
Just so's I don't forget this time, it's me, Jack.

I find I post on a lot of message boards, but I haven't had much temptation to blog. The reason I like message boards is that there is a sense of dialogue. Livejournal, at least, does have some of those qualities, tho I can't see myself ever much wanting to post daily manifestos for comment. I prefer conversations to develop more naturally. I've found I do some of my best writing on, say, the absinthe forum or the Warren Ellis forum, simply because there are some good minds to bounce my ideas off of.

Oddly, I really like READING my friends' on-line journals, especially those of absent friends, simply because it cuts down on the "how are you, what's going on" chit-chat.

More to the point, I don't really DO much of anything, so I wouldn't have much to post.
Aug. 7th, 2001 07:41 pm (UTC)
The why of it all
I began this journal on the recommend of a dear friend and have found it is an EXCELLENT tool to keep those loved ones who are 2,000 miles away (or maybe even a little closer) informed of how my life is going.

I try to be honest, and I try to write personal e-mails, but when I can't, my nearest and dearest have this link. And they know what is going on.

I've never really thought of myself as an extrovert ... I tend to be very insecure, actually ...

I have been thankful for the LiveJournals of others (like YOU!) which allow me to keep up with what is going on in the lives of those I care about.

Aug. 7th, 2001 07:59 pm (UTC)
As you know, I'm also pretty extroverted. However, I also started this journal to keep other people who I loved in the know about my life - and I'm happy I can read about theirs, too.

Unfortunately, though I've gotten some good out of this LiveJournal, I've also: had to delete my old one due to work issues, and gotten threats of violence and other harassment from people I once knew in DC. I'm a lot more wary now about what I post in here than I used to be, largely because I'm afraid it will be used against me. But lately I'm starting to feel like any contact I have with anyone could be used agaisnt me. It's been a bad year.

Aug. 8th, 2001 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: LJing
**hug** I'm sorry, honey. Please hang in there.
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