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05 February 2013 @ 01:57 pm
[Meme] My journal and I  
I already spotted this meme a couple of days ago over at kathyh 's and finally found the time to do it properly :-)

How did you come to start your LJ?
Well, If I remember correctly I was talked into it by [personal profile] selenak  *g*

How did you find your first friends?
Basically by searching LJ for people I already knew and expanding from there ...

Are those first friends still on your FL?
Yes, they are. :-)
However there are quite a few people who sadly don't seem to post any longer, so I sometimes wonder what became of them.

How long have you been on LJ?
Since September 2003, so it looks like my 10-year journalling anniversary is fast approaching.

Do you have more friends or communities on your FL?
More friends, I'd say. At least if you go by usernames and not by how many of these accounts are still active.

Do you do a lot of friends cuts?
Not at all. As I tend to be rather hesitant about friending, the need to do a cut just hasn't arisen so far.

What do you like in an LJ friend?
Interesting, thought-provoking posts on a variety of subjects. Compatible wavelengths/ styles of communication. A certain sense of humour.

What do you dislike in an LJ friend?
Bullying, mob mentality, thoughtlessness, excessive ranting.

What would make you un-friend someone immediately?
Bullying. Treating other people, their tastes and opinions in an unfair and derogatory manner.

Have you been caught up in a lot of LJ drama?
Witnessed some, yes. Participated? No. I guess I'm far too conflict-avoidant and just not cut out for this kind of thing.

Do real-life friends and family members know you have a journal on LJ?
Yes. For a couple of years my then-boyfriend (now-husband :-)) even used to have a journal on his own but stopped posting due to time constraints.

Do you also have Facebook and if so, what do you prefer – LJ or FB?
Well, to speak the truth, I do have a FB account, but only use it to keep track of certain people and events. There's nothing on it, no posts, no images, just a blank page with *notquitemyrealname*.

What about Twitter?
No account there, sorry.

Do you blog on any other sites?
Yes, on DW (which I actually prefer vastly to LJ for a variety of reasons).  All of my LJ entries are crossposts from DW these days.

How often do you check in on LJ?
At least once per day, I'd say. I don't always have the time to read or comment all that much, or to even write entries of my own.

What do you rarely or never post about?
Personal things. Everything I would feel uncomfortable saying in a room full of people from various backgrounds.

Why don't you post about that?
I think I might suffer from a mild case of online introversion. Certain things just strike me as not being appropriate ;-)

Have you ever thought about deleting your journal?

Have you ever changed your username?
No. Still the same old Bimo that I used to be.

Why did you choose your current username?
Actually "Bimo" is a shortened version of the nickname my Dad used to call me when I was still a baby. As a fannish pseudonym it dates back to the mid 1990s when one of my stories was about to be published in a small German print fanzine. I've been using it in fannish circles ever since, so registering my LJ under this very name just seemed like a logical continuation.

If you're looking for new friends, how do you find them?
Mmmh... good question. I'd say mostly by accident. A nice online conversation here, an interesting story or entry there. However I have the certain feeling that I should start to search for online friends more actively, because so many of the old ones have moved on to greener pastures.

Are you taking new people on to your Friends List just now?
Absolutely yes, for reason see answer above.

Finally, tell us the reasons why you keep an online journal.
Well, I think [personal profile] kathyh has already phrased one aspect far better than I could: "When LJ is really buzzing it's like a giant web of conversation going on all over the world about things people are interested in and I love that." My other reason for keeping a journal is that I sometimes just like keeping track of the stuff I do, see, or learn. :-).

This entry was originally posted at http://bimo.dreamwidth.org/57380.html. Comment there or here, as you like. I'd be glad to reply to your comments over on DW.
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Kathyhkathyh on February 5th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I sometimes just like keeping track of the stuff I do, see, or learn.

Yes, so do I. It's really lovely to look back sometimes at some of my older posts about holidays and remember things I otherwise would have forgotten. In that way my LJ serves as the diary I'm too lazy to keep :)
Bimo: Mug_collectorsbimo on February 6th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
It's really lovely to look back sometimes at some of my older posts about holidays and remember things I otherwise would have forgotten.