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Why LJ is better than Facebook

I was visiting with my sister justkimu on my way back to the Midwest from North Carolina at Christmas and we were telling her girls why LJ was so much better than facebook. Ironically it was the things that Facebook touts as making it the best social network that we were pointing out as it's downfalls.

There was a time when my day started out with a fairly long post to LJ every morning. I knew it wasn't just a journal...that other people would be reading it and that I cared about what people had to say. Contrast that with facebook where I'm mostly just posting photos or short quips or complaints and it doesn't matter at all that it won't be a semi-permanent record I can look back on.

The people I met on LJ I got to know and consider real friends. I've got about 165 friends on LJ still and I've met about half of them in person. I have over 1100 "friends" on Facebook and I'll probably never meet most of them and to be honest there are many that I don't care if I will or not. Yes Facebook has allowed me to catch up with some old friends that I probably never would have lured to LJ and that's nice. But the vast majority of my time on Facebook isn't spent keeping up with those folks anyway.

The reason I stopped posting to LJ so much was a co-worker saw me posting to LJ one day and reported me to one of my former bosses who was a micro-manager from Hell and I was told not to use LJ at work. That screwed up my whole routine and after a couple months I just developed new routines. But I really miss writing more extensively and reading more in depth about my friend's lives. Posting photos to communities and getting feedback and writing about my Spiritual journey in my Shamanic community.

So I'm trying to re-write my routines a bit and push back from the constipation that is Facebook.




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Jan. 31st, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
How in the world was your coworker affected by your writing? Some people, I tell you...

FWIW, my routine entails writing in my journal after work and before the evening meal, when I am at home. Theoretically, I could opt to post an entry during the work day, but the concept of writing something as precious to me as an LJ using the company computer is alien. I mean, I was once chastized for using the word "sex" in an IM with a colleague---and I am a social worker! That issue is a part of my professional knowledge base!

Oh, yeah; regarding other computer hygiene issues: FB is for links to articles, and Twitter is for bookmarks. You can thank the end of Google Reader for that sad transition.
Jan. 31st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm saddened that the Google stuff isn't more popular. I've tried a couple of times to make the jump over there and also use the collaboration tools. FB has been helpful to me in getting my photos out to a broader public and I have to admit when I was trying to raise money for my gallery shows last year, FB was most helpful for posting the crowd-funding link. But yeah, I've felt a loss in not making more in-depth posts. That's a routine I need to re-establish.

The co-worker thing was weird but as you know, some people see you doing something that's not work related and they get jealous. I used to get shit from people in college because I didn't study for tests. I must have been cheating somehow because I didn't study like everyone else did. It was just that I had a good memory.

Now it's the work place. People get all bent out of shape if the perception is that you don't work as hard as they do and still get ahead. At that workplace, I also had someone report me to HR for carrying a weapon to work...it was a pocket knife I carry to open boxes and such.

And by the way, that's my favorite icon of yours!

Jan. 31st, 2014 12:48 am (UTC)
FB is so shallow. sure, i'm there, too. and love messing around with my familia and some old friends and some of my longtime online (including LJ!) friends - but damn i would NOT write the stuff there that i do here. this is my secret, real and fine place and the people that i keep on my list - some long gone, but ALWAYS welcome - are my good people. this is where i can write. and i love when my few remaining friends here write, too! i love us.

i hope you are well!! peace to you, too, sir.
Jan. 31st, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
I am and I've got some things to post to RR too!
Jan. 31st, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Well, here on LJ people are sharing their thoughts and ideas and impressions; fb is almost like twitter, you can only flash something fast, and that's it. Even if you write a larger post, it won't show up, have to click it. There's no serious way to render it as a blog or as a discussion. Which probably reflects the mentality and the interests of fb designers.

But for many writing or creating any content in general is too hard a job, so they are satisfied with what they have on fb.

Like people with ipads, do they write anything? Hardly ever; they consume a stream of pictures.
Jan. 31st, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
FB will eventually go the way of MySpace. People don't believe me when I say that but it will happen.
Feb. 1st, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
I think the same.

But... myspace was an old-days stuff, no deep ideas etc. Facebook is on the verge of introducing a full-power artificial intelligence.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
FB is on the verge of starting to charge people for their accounts!

Feb. 2nd, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
I believe you. That's why I've kept my LJ. Facebook is too much like short attention span theater. Here I have more room to write in depth about things, and I have the ability to lock entries way the hell down and limit who I want to see them. That's not possible on FB.

I really need to write more. I've been keeping the Agony Aunt journal going, but I don't write on my own enough. That's mainly because of my internet connection nightmares and major computer failures over the last couple of years, but all that's straightened out now. Note to self: write more.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I could use that note too! At one time I would have said Google Plus was going to take over from Facebook but not enough people made the switch. Clearly the vast majority of people could care less about collaborative communities.
Feb. 2nd, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Google Plus might have been a contender if Google wasn't so hellbent on forcing it on everyone. Personally, I don't think Google's as good at things as they think they are. I offer up the shitty gmail interface as my proof.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:30 am (UTC)
The only thing I use gmail for is so I can have multiple accounts on various social media.
Jan. 31st, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
I make it a point to try and post at least a short post on LJ every day. Face Book I'm obviously on as well but meh it's mostly for the groups I'm in or for reading what others are up to. Lately I've noticed my journal isn't read that much(or isn't commented on much) and it's a more personal thing for me. Though I do of course still enjoy comments.


Jan. 31st, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
There was also an access issue for me at one time. The work firewall wouldn't let anyone get to LJ which was another reason I stopped posting so often.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
For me, FB is for keeping in touch with my family. LJ is different. I haven't done any longer posts here because even though no one on line can see it, the stroke has interrupted my normal thoughts and it takes me awhile to get them together and put together a post..if that makes sense. I did one or two in the last few months, but that was it. Even this comment took some thought LOL...and when I hit post, it looks like it was easy for me.
Feb. 13th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get it. Makes me feel good to post things in here.

Feb. 13th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. Facebook is a void, livejournal is a comfort even though I never update anymore. We should be friends on facebook, look for me Stephanie Tracy.
Feb. 13th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Just sent you a friend request!
Mar. 2nd, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
So happy to read this!
I'm so glad to see that you're still writing, Wander! I met you through LJ, and if for that alone, it will always be special for me. But it's wonderful to be able to follow along with you again! :)

A very long-time admirer,
-Dragonfly :)
Mar. 2nd, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: So happy to read this!
Yeah I'm still around. Might even come for a visit this year.

I kinda like you too!

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