[personal profile] ignited_spirit
One night in the fall of 2002, while I was procrastinating on a college paper, I did some random Internet searching. During one of my searches, I stumbled across a link to someone's LiveJournal. I clicked on the link, took a look around the LJ site itself, and was intrigued. "This is so cool", I thought to myself. I wanted in to this world we call LJ. I wanted to share my life with the world at large. The only problem was that I did not have an invite code (remember those days?).

On November 29, 2002, I received that coveted LJ invite code. I was finally in (I used to be [livejournal.com profile] brightsmile here). I was able to build bridges to other people through my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and life. Bridges that I thought would be long-lasting due to the nature of this site (we share so much here - it's hard NOT to bond with others here!).

Over time though, I could (and still can) feel these bridges weakening. Not because of a few bad apples (even though I have come across some of those). First, there was GreatestJournal. Who could resist the lure of a free journal with perks that we have to pay for here??? For a time, I cross-posted between here and GJ, and I tried to keep up with some of the people who had left LJ for there. It eventually got to be too much, and I just did not feel as connected to GreatestJournal as I did to here.

Nowadays, I think the biggest things trip-trapping over LJ are - you guessed it - Facebook and Twitter. First, Facebook. For a time, I got caught up in the hype. Sure, it is fun sharing photos and finding old classmates (I apologize - I'm not much of a Farmville/Bejeweled/Farkle/any other games there fan!). However, as strange as this seems, I can never manage to be *me* on Facebook. I always feel obligated to be "fluffy" there - having to pretend everything is "peachy keen like a jellybean" 24/7 to impress former classmates/coworkers/relatives/anyone who I also interact with in real life who are on there.

Twitter is pretty self-explanatory - sometimes, all we have time for is 140 character updates. That's not the fault of anyone or anything really - it's just that our lives are so hectic, that that's all we can manage to find the time for. However, I cannot tell you the last time I logged into Twitter - 140 characters simply does not do justice for what I want to say.

Livejournal really is a special place - where else can I go to be open when 140 characters just doesn't cut it? Where else can I vent or be open about things without drama spilling over into real life? Where else can I say I have had a connection to for almost seven years? I really feel like I am part of a family here.

I have a feeling that eventually, I will be all alone here. Those bridges that I have formed will be eroded completely because some new site has trip-trapped over them. Some new site that just will not feel like home to me.

Date: 2009-11-14 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weak-to-strong.livejournal.com
Invite codes! I forgot about those until now. :)

I agree LJ really is a special place for all of the reasons you listed above. Very well written, and would be an awesome way to lure people into LJ. Hopefully that LJ continues to outlast others.

Date: 2009-11-16 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I hope that LJ continues to outlast others, too :)

Date: 2009-11-14 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pricelessone.livejournal.com
I feel the same way about LJ! (And I've had mine since November 29, 2001!) It's so amazing and so many people have left. But it still feels very much like home to me, too. Thanks for this! I really enjoyed it.

Date: 2009-11-16 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It sounds like more people than I thought feel the same way :)

Date: 2009-11-14 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
I greatly dislike twitter!

Date: 2009-11-14 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com
werklrjwlkjf. I agree with you there! D:

I have one of course, and sometimes it's nice to be like "yo, all, I'm super crazy, look at me" or say something to the effect of "omg I'm stuck in this BORING MEETING, please make my boss go away" or even get halps/advice from friends there. Or free crap that companies/radio stations give away on there...

But for the most part? Yeah, do not want. -.-

Date: 2009-11-16 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I've discovered that I'm not a big Twitter fan.

Date: 2009-11-14 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com
Alas. I feel your pain! I've been around since August 2003, and been through several seasons of friends, and have checked out tons of other journal sites (I came here from OpenDiary), but I'm always ALWAYS drawn back to LJ, and the bond I have with this website is silly strong. XD

Date: 2009-11-16 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It's amazing how much of a bond we have with this site.

Date: 2009-11-16 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com
amazing or crazy. I keep going back and forth on that one. XD

Date: 2009-11-14 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormkitty.livejournal.com
I remember invite codes! I had been a member before when LJ was still new and then deleted my journal. When I wanted to come back, I had to get an invite code.

You're not the only one who feels they have to be "fluffy" on FB. That's more of a professional space for me, so I can't be as real as I can in here.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I think FB is more of a professional space for a lot of people. Everyone seems to be there versus not as many people here.
Edited Date: 2009-11-16 03:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-14 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiggerbecca.livejournal.com
Awe, I have been completely loyal to my LJ.
I've been here since July of 2001.

Cheers to LJ!


Date: 2009-11-16 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Yes - cheers to LJ!

Date: 2009-11-14 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beautyofgrey.livejournal.com
I've been around since July 2001... although it was originally [livejournal.com profile] namaste21, then [livejournal.com profile] earthsister. (My 20s were an identity crisis in the making. And WOW! How weird! Someone has already taken one of my old usernames!)

I loathe Twitter for reasons I can't explain. I've tried it, I really have - but it's just not connecting for me.
Edited Date: 2009-11-14 10:44 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-16 03:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
To me, 140 characters is just not enough to express my thoughts.

Date: 2009-11-14 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruaalien2.livejournal.com
I agree with you, LJ is special. I always hated Greatest Journal LOL!

I joined LJ a few months before you, I was SO happy to get my invite code!!!

Date: 2009-11-16 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I wish I had came across LJ sooner than I did.

Date: 2009-11-15 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cacophonesque.livejournal.com
I like Facebook for being able to keep in touch with people I know and have known in real life.

But LJ is special. I don't feel like I can form friendships at other social networking sites as I can on LJ. Sure, I can maintain those that already exist, to an extent, but I can't really get to know people.

And, I pretty much just use Twitter as a means of updating my Facebook status.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Facebook is definitely good for keeping up with real life people, but not the best for forming new friendships.

Date: 2009-11-15 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zia-narratora.livejournal.com
Livejournal IS special. I don't really like Twitter, and I do use facebook, but it's really more for keeping in touch with people I already know. LJ is a wonderful way to meet people and I've met many of my best friends here.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
LJ is a really great way to meet people - we reveal so much of ourselves on here.

Date: 2009-11-15 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theafaye.livejournal.com
I hate FB and I'm never going to sign up to Twitter. There's something rather special about LJ and the friends I've found through it.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
There is something really special about LJ - no doubt about that!

Date: 2009-11-15 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigrkittn.livejournal.com
I've been having the same *sadness* about all my LJ friends moving over to Facebook and not posting or commenting here anymore. A huge part of my life is being broken into pieces.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I'm glad someone else feels the same way - I thought I was just weird.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigrkittn.livejournal.com
Oh no, it's definitely not just you!

Date: 2009-11-15 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
I love LJ. Greatest journal and insane journal and dead journal ... none of those cut it for me.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I tried insane journal (once GJ went kaput, a lot of people from there went to insane journal), but never kept that up. There's just something about LJ.

Date: 2009-11-15 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] satin-glimmer.livejournal.com
LJ really is a special place. I've been here for several years now and it's by far still my favorite site. I know people have been leaving LJ, but I plan to be here as long as it's around.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I plan on staying here as long as it's around, too.

Date: 2009-11-15 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] photodiva02.livejournal.com
This is a great post! I wanted to join for awhile, too. However, I didn't have the nerve.

I feel too perky on facebook. Well, TS is on there...

Date: 2009-11-16 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I think a lot of people feel too perky on facebook - everyone seems to be on there.

Date: 2009-11-15 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
I think I've loved LJ from the very beginning too. :D

Date: 2009-11-16 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It really is a great place :D

Date: 2009-11-16 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libra-dragon.livejournal.com
I will always love LJ. I first came here and used it as a space to get out a lot of negative thoughts and feelings in relation to the break up of my marriage.

I have a twitter and facebook but they will never replace Lj for me. First I am just to wordy for twitter. When I used to update it a lot I would get so made becuase I had to keep myself to the 140 characters which I just can't do.
I like Facebook as many friends who don't have LJ's are on there.

Good entry

Date: 2009-11-16 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
LJ really is great as an outlet!!

140 characters just doesn't cut it for so many things.

Date: 2009-11-16 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drippedonpaper.livejournal.com
Wow, this was really well done! I say that partly because when I considered the prompts, I had NO idea how to "pull off" this topic (hence, I did not pick it) but you really tied it all together very well.

I started on LJ under my first SN in March of 2003. Wow. Long ago.

And yes, FB took me over for awhile. But, like you say, it's not the same. Over time, I have realized that, honestly, I am not sure any cares whether I update my status over there or not. I still have a FB but it's not so..all consuming any more.

My first LJ I shared with everyone (relatives etc) and that bit me in the butt. This one, no one from my RL knows about so...I have learned more from it. I can just be me. I can write honest entries for Idol, not censor myself so my relatives won't hate me.

Oh and I think I still have a greatestjournal too. Never caught on with me though, really.

I really enjoyed your entry. You covered a lot but didn't go on and on (does that make any sense)

Thanks for reviving some memories of my own:)

And I hope the bridges you love will last!

Date: 2009-11-16 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you - not bad for something I whipped together in an hour and a half!!

I could never share my LJ with relatives (or anyone I know primarily in real life). I need that space to be *me*.

Date: 2009-11-16 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phoenixejc.livejournal.com
Very well put! I agree about Facebook. I am much more myself here on LJ, and that's why I prefer it! :)

Date: 2009-11-18 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I'm finding that there are a few people out there who prefer LJ for that same reason :)

Date: 2009-11-16 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loved.livejournal.com
I look at some of my older entries and see comments from people I was so "close" to back then. Kind of wish I could see where they were now. I've just got first names and very general life details. :/

Date: 2009-11-18 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I've looked through my old journal, and wondered where a lot of the people I was "close" to back then are now. In some ways, it feels harder to lose the friends I make here -we can be so open on here.

Date: 2009-11-16 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sherriola.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed reading this. I do facebook and twitter, but you're right, they are more fluffy. i feel more free to be me here on live journal.

Date: 2009-11-18 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you. I'm finding others who feel the same way.

Date: 2009-11-17 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
No, I don't think you'll be all alone. There may be people who leave but I think there will always be those people who want to write more than fluff. I can see the appeal of twitter occasionally but facebook just baffles me.

Date: 2009-11-18 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
I just don't get into Facebook the same way I do LJ.
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