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Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:26 pm
kaffyr: Close-up of manual typewriter (Typewriter)
[personal profile] kaffyr
I Am Bemused, As One Might Expect

I've been blogging on LJ and/or DW for more than a decade.

I've been online for far longer - BB and I figure we've been sailing the sea since 1996, well before the Web. Back then, my connection with fandom was Old School, and Usenet was my lifeline. RASFF*, of blessed memory, kept me busy well into the night every night, back in the days when we couldn't be online and get phone calls at the same time. (I still recall the song of the modem, something you youngsters might not recognize.) Today I can't even access Usenet, and the last time I did, RASFF was shell filled with spam. 

Getting involved with online fandom, first via TWoP and then through LJ and (eventually) Dreamwidth, more than filled the void. It introduced me to some amazing, talented, kind people. It was where I picked up a pen and started writing fiction again. It was where I learned to be less self-congratulatory in matters of this world - politics, identity, and other issues - and at least a little more willing to learn, to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It has been truly far more rewarding than I ever expected it to be. Thank you all for making that the case.

I don't expect to maintain my LJ after a few more weeks, but I'm so glad I came here in the first place.

*rec.arts.sf.fandom 


#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 02:28 am (UTC)
muccamukk: Inked art of Tony with a black cat on his shoulder. (Marvel: Black Cat Tony)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
Just to be clear (I'm very tired), you're leaving LJ, or you're leaving LJ AND DW? I should be very sad to see you go if the latter is true.

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 03:37 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
I had dial-up until 2004! Not coincidentally, that's the same year I got an LJ. I was there right as things changed from Usenet to mailing lists, and I've been using LJ less and less, but it's still sad to see it go.

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 05:16 am (UTC)
shanghaied: sign reading EVERYTHING OF VALUE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PROPERTY (Default)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Fascinating - Wikipedia calls LJ 'a Russian social networking service where users can keep a blog, journal or diary' and only gives a passing mention to its 1999 Ahh Murkan origins

Blimey, I joined LJ before you did! I certainly wasn't a charter member, but I was invited in by a RL friend who was. And as mentioned in a previous post comment, I found it a glorious experience, although the only 'community' I was a member of was Grammar Nazis (which, again, was fun for a while but soon lost its lustre because there were far too many humourless and PC types entering the premises).

That LJ died off was a direct result of Mark smegging Zuckerberg and his (possibly) well-meaning invention that played to the lowest, laziest, shallowest instincts of our embarrassment of a species. Ho hum, so it goes.

Date: Monday, 17 April 2017 12:20 am (UTC)
shanghaied: sign reading EVERYTHING OF VALUE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PROPERTY (Default)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
if you can't converse reasonably, why be there?

This. Exactly. Succinctly. YES.

Date: Monday, 17 April 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
shanghaied: sign reading EVERYTHING OF VALUE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THIS PROPERTY (Default)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Silly is good! So much better than grumpy or disappointed or despairing or homicidally furious. All of which I've been over the weekend. But am not now :-)

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 08:25 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (suzanne neve)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
I was on usenet, too, in 1996 - when I was at uni! Only I was mostly on alt.drwho.creative and rec.arts.drwho. It was another world now. (No binaries! Heh.)

I've also been on forums, on various fic archives, on LJ, on tumblr and now Dreamwidth. LJ held my happiest times, but hopefully DReamwidth has a few more to come, even things have died down in these quarters since the last decade, but the ability to make friends and learn things online has been wonderful, I garee. <3

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 01:55 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Cat hugs)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
Here to another 21 years on a fannish platform:)

I was a late starter to the internet party. I didn't use the net for anything other than assignments and reading old band interviews until the mid 2000's.


Date: Monday, 17 April 2017 02:29 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Tardis bigger on the inside)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
As a fandom of one-er fandom has always been in my head:)

Date: Monday, 17 April 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ljgeoff
I wrote my first LJ entry on November 10, 2003. I got there via suggestions from friends on alt.poly. *sigh* I still miss alt.poly. But I met so many cool folk on LJ, including you!

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