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December 6th, 2011

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09:02 pm - Are you there, LiveJournal? It's me, Patrick.
Yo, LJ. Sup? Chillin' chillin?

Yeah, okay, I can't pull that off. Back to my normal voice.

So I admit it, I ain't haven't been around much lately. There was the whole wedding thing, and the lead up to the wedding, and the wind down from the wedding, and the hanging out with guests and taking small children on excursions, and people sleeping in the same room as my PC, and going back to work, and Batman: Arkham City to play, and yeah at this point I know I'm just making excuses.

But it's not the same as it used to be. LJ used to be the big pumping party, but now it's like one of those parties where it's 10pm and there are still only two guests and they brought home-brand soft-drinks and have to leave soon anyway, and the host just looks sad and betrayed. Or maybe  LJ used to be the first season of South Park, and everyone was tuning in and taking about it at the pub and being amazed by how daring it was, but now it's the current season of South Park and you stopped watching it ages ago because Cartman was just horrid and it was turning into a showcase for Trey & Parker's white middle-class libertarianism.


The feedback loop's not what it used to be, you know? There isn't the same presence of people posting stuff regularly that made me feel like I was interacting with some kind of loose community, or commenting on my posts to make me feel like that community was embracing me. Which is sad, to be honest; that LJ community was a big part of my decision to move to Melbourne, as it gave me contacts and options and people to talk to before leaving Brisbane. And those people are still there, but they're increasingly not here; they're on Facebook and Twitter and maybe on Google Plus, and they're finding new modes of interaction that are less about personal blogging, and that's okay. But it means I don't feel the same urge to check LJ that I once had, and that in turn decreases my urge to post to it.

But I don't want to let go just yet. Yes, sure, I am all up in your Twitters, and PODcom gives me a good outlet for more substantive blogging and transparent self-promotion about how wise I am about all, like, writing n' shit. And yes, the more time I spend actually doing enjoyable stuff in my life, like going out and having fun and spending time with MY WIFE, the less I feel like revising and condensing that sort of thing into posts for others to read. But there are still things I like to talk about in a more relaxed, less me-focused space, like movies and TV shows and superhero comics and RPG session recaps - you know, the kind of thing people have generally stopped commenting on but that I nonetheless feel compelled to share.

And I might get all worked up for the next election at some point. It comes in waves, the rage.

So I'm not gone. Don't call it a comeback. But feel free to call it a lazy, lazy man.

PS - being married is great so far. 

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Date:December 6th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear things are working out thus far.

As for the Russian stuff...that was - in part - a consequence of their domestic politics spilling over onto the rest of the Net. I'm starting to think of that stuff as almost akin to sunspots. You can't avoid it if you want an online component to your life. *shrugs*
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Date:December 6th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
You capture the feeling of the place well. I noticed Robin even just echoes his from Blogpost.

There's a certain amount of ghost town feeling to it. I presume ONTD and fan fic communities are still hopping, but my neighbourhoods have fallen into disuse.
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Date:December 6th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Sign up for ottawa_sf and can_con_news, huh? We could use some new signal there.
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Date:December 6th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
My LJ friendslist is still pretty lively, but it's mostly fandom things -- a big portion of my more local and social friends are at G+ or Facebook or wherever.
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Date:December 6th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
It does seem like LJ is becoming more of a hub for fandom groups, fanfic creators, freeform gamers and people with similar interests.

Which is great! It's good that there's an evolving service here for people who want it.

For my part, I have zero interest in fandom, so that makes LJ less useful for me. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just a thing.
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Date:December 6th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Yay to the P.S.
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Date:December 6th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Woah dawg. Still here. Just quiet...

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