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30 Days, 30 Posts!

HEY SO I'M GOING TO ATTEMPT THIS, LET'S GO.

I honestly don't think making a post every day can be anywhere NEAR as difficult as making a YouTube video every day.

Here are the "rules", if you'd like to join me:

1. There are no rules. If you want to come up with daily topics, that's cool. If you want to just free-write for ten minutes a day, that's cool, too. If you wanted to write the word "potato" every day for 30 days, you totally could. It would either be extremely lazy on your part, or an inspired minimalistic piece of web-art. Your choice.

2. LJ Idol entries totally count.

3. For my part, I'm going to attempt to also comment on at least one (non LJI) entry a day, so that if anyone else is participating, it might start to feel like a community again.

4. I'm also going to attempt to use LJ for what it is, a journal. If something happened I'd like to remember, I'd like to write about it. If I'm feeling a way I'd like to remember, I'd like to write about it. If I find something awesome on the Internet that I have thoughts I'd like to add to, I'll post it.

/end of rules

I'm working on redefining what Livejournal means to me as a platform in this age of Tumblr and Twitter. I used to use it as a brain dump, in the same way I now use Facebook: I would post something to LJ and assume it automatically got absorbed into the brains of all of my friends.

However, I don't actually do that on Facebook, because Facebook is so friggen' unreliable with how it delivers your feed. It randomly decides you don't need to see this post or that post, and I've been spoiled by LJ's friend's list, and still haven't gotten used to this crappy FB feature.

I also dislike that I can post something to FB, and I may never see it again. It's like dropping thoughts down a well, and I've noticed that I don't have as firm a grasp over the passage of time since switching mainly from LJ to FB. When I think back on what I've done over the past four or five years, it seems blurry and undefined. Part of me wants to search through my FB and paper journals and backdate entries so that I can fill in the blanks, but I don't know if I would really be interested in that process for very long.

So aside from being a way to interact with friends and keep them updated about me, LJ was definitely a place where I could keep track of myself.

Oh, and you CAN'T USE ITALICS ON FACEBOOK AND I CAN'T TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF TIMES I'VE RAGED INTERNALLY ABOUT THAT. Nor can you bold things.

YOU CAN'T DO THIS ON FACEBOOK.

I also appreciate LJ's commenting system, I have not come across another platform that does comments better. Facebook's comments drive me NUTS. NO, I DON'T WANT TO SEE EVERYTHING ANYONE POSTS AFTER ME. If someone has something to say to ME in response, I'd like to see THAT, but aside from that, I'll look at my leisure, THANKS FOR NOTHING FACEBOOK.

Anyway, I like the fact that even though I'm writing largely for myself, I have the option of allowing others to read and respond and start dialogues.

And Facebook, these days, seems to largely consist of people posting memes and brief political "gotcha" images. I would like to read about what's going on with my friends, actually. I miss that about LJ.

SO ANYWAY, I would like to get to a point where I'm posting regularly enough that I will quit making posts largely about LJ, but you know, THAT'S WHAT'S IN MY HEART RIGHT NOW, SO IT'S WHAT'S COMING OUT.

Incidentally, I have a FB friend who loathes the way I use caps. I find her loathing hilarious.
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