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Why LJ?

One of my good lj-friends just posted these questions which I thought were great:
(sillyliss, I am adjusting these a bit!)

What are your reasons are for writing -- therapy, social activity, record of events, keeping in touch?
When I started this LJ, it was a bit of a status symbol. Getting an lj required an invite and I managed to con thwack into giving me one of his. LJ was always about documenting my life - starting at the time, with my college life, then moving onto internships and co-ops, and now work --- and ALWAYS social life. It was also helpful with communicating with friends and organizing plans and trips and other stuff like that. While living at UC, we all had LJ and used it to alert each other about apartment stuff and also organize apartment activities and such.

Do your real life friends and family read your journal?
A lot of my LJ friends are real life friends and a family member as well. My family and extended family know about lj and I try to post unlocked entries about general stuff that is "up" with me. All work-related posts are friends locked so I can speak freely (and sometimes vent).

Do you specifically keep your journal from them so you have space apart from them?
LJ was never intended as a space to be separate from anyone in my life - if anything, it was a place to bring together different parts of my life (college friends, high school friends, and family), however, I have used many different friends groups to keep certain personal topics private.



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Jun. 1st, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
That was awesome, Catherine. I know I said that I wouldn't mind if people decided they were tired of Emmy posts and wanted to leave my journal, but the truth is, I would be very sad if I didn't get to keep up with what you're doing in life.

You sure got into LJ on the ground floor, ay? I certainly was not around LJ when it was invite only. I was, however, one of the first gmail people. Probably a LOT of people were the first gmail people, but hey, that's all I've got. :P
Jun. 1st, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Maybe not the ground floor, but definitely the first or second. :-P

I'm glad you want to keep me around ('cuz your stuck with me now)! :-D
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