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To my New LJ Idol friends...

I'm new to therealljidol</lj>. Heck, for all intents and purposes, I'm new to LJ. My account was created a little more than 3-ish years ago or so, but mostly just peripherally... my housemate set it up for me because he was tired of me not being able to read his friends-only posts when he sent me links he wanted me to understand or give feedback on, since I wasn't a member.

He turned me onto
therealljidol</lj>last year, and, I followed along for his posts when he needed votes, but, I didn't keep up very well. I actually don't generally read ANYONE's journal. I tried to track his for a while, but, hell, I'm almost 4 years in and just passed my 40th post, so, even with all that time in, I'm still sort of a newb... keep having to ask him for the html codes to type a link in with my choice of banner (I made a text file now so I won't forget again).

I joined
therealljidol</lj>this year when he pointed it out again because writing is a passion, and, I really should be more in tune with expressing myself creatively... October is the perfect month for that for me. I thought it might help to put myself in a position where I HAD to write because a deadline said so, and that might help me keep up with other people who were also inspirational.

In week 0, I added everyone either whose introductions interested me, or who share a significant strain of commonality in life perspective.

I'm sorry to have lost some of those friends already (3, in fact) from the contest so that I’m not pointed to their weekly topic submissions, but, now that I'm in, I'm going to keep the people I added as friends, because their writing is actually entertaining enough, it might encourage me to bother to check in more often, which might encourage me to write, which helps me to grow as a person, for not everyday killing some part of me that I love by not feeding it.

I've habitually been really bad at staying in touch with LJ in general, so, if you don't see me comment all that often, I promise it's not because I was using you to get votes... it's because I haven't broken a lot of bad habits, or, I guess, rather, just never got into the good habit of following along, but, I may be around 3 - 4 times a year or so, and, hell, who knows... maybe I'll develop some good habits, and catch up more regularly.

Good luck with everything this year, and thanks for friend-ing me back. You'll be missed.


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Oct. 27th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Hey welcome aboard! Nice to have you on my FL. No worries, we all have our own little tweaks and issues and that bleeds over to LJ. The people who understand that and don't judge are the real ones you need to keep anyway.


Best of Luck!
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Previously, I've never put anyone on any friends list anywhere that wasn't local. My theory was, if I wasn't doing a good enough job staying in touch with people I COULD get together and grab coffee with, how in the heck was I going to justify regularly communicating with folks I'll likely never meet? I think, though, maybe, I approached it from an opposite angle, or my thinking was backward... now, it seems, if there are people whose thoughts keep me intrigued enough to remain better tuned in... what does it matter where they live? The side effect should actually end up as a benefit to me checking in on the folks around here, more often, too. So, yay for round about ways to get there... however it works!
Oct. 27th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Hurray for being encouraged to write!
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
It helps to have decent writing to read, and to make connections with cool, talented, interesting fun folks.
Oct. 27th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Yes. I second the motion. Good to read and write. We all learn something from each other.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm ready to be taught.
Oct. 27th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Hah! Idol sucks you in and then you're hooked. Bwahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa! I set up my journal to enter last year, thought I'd stop posting once the contest was over and probably posted more than ever because I'd made too many good new friends I wanted to keep up with.

You WILL be assimilated :o)
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
I do think I might be becoming an addict... is there a prescription for that?
Oct. 27th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh I'm really bad with commenting too. I've been trying to overcome that and comment on all the idol entries that I like but I know that's going to start waning sooner or later. I tend to read, comment in my head, and move on.
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
I find it easy to comment on the entries... if I'm going to be voting for someone, I feel I should tell them... and, I try to make a point to say something specific about their writing that lets them know I was paying attention, and what it was I really enjoyed about their work, so that it means more. "Good job, nice writing!" is nice, too, when nothing else comes to mind, but, I try to give the artist something that will carry a bit more personal value. There've been times I had to vote, and go make comments later, because I was about to miss the voting deadlines (I always tend to ride them way too close to the edge), but, I still think they'd like to know their post meant something to me... especially in retrospect for the ones who turn out to have been voted off.
Oct. 27th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Heh, pretty much the same reason as me. And I am a notoriously bad commenter myself. Guess that LJidol is good for me in that respect, since there's so many new people here that will have no idea I liked their stuff unless I told them.
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I'm actually really good at commenting on LJ Idol, mostly because of the formatting... there's one page I go to, where I can pull up individual entries, read them separately, and then comment as appropriate... that's a structure that works for me real well.
Oct. 27th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Welcome to my friends list.
I'm really shy so it takes a lot out of me to respond to posts, so I don't judge anyone who doesn't comment often.

I hope you get back your writing mojo. I've all but killed mine, so I can relate to that sentiment.
Oct. 27th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
I think it's the formatting of the friends list that makes it such a daunting task to try and keep up with everything everyone is saying all the time... it's a bit overwhelming. If I knew how to reformat my friends list so that it was always like a voting page, I'd probably be better at staying in touch with folks who post.
Oct. 27th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
That would be useful. The closest I've come to that is setting up custom friends groups/filters so I read mutual friends separate from the communities I follow.

Oct. 28th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I agree with this.

The only way that I can read my LJ list is by setting up alphabetical reading filters.
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I will have to take an LJ for dummies class to figure out how to do this stuff...
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten that organized yet...
Oct. 27th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, so you friended me because you found me interesting? Nice. :) I've been returning friends requests mostly because I like having new people to read on my friends page, but it's nice to hear that you were being somewhat selective.

I have only actively friended a few people, because I worry that people will think I'm just friending everyone to build up my friends list or to get my name out there.

Glad you weren't worried about it. ;) Welcome to being part of my daily reading!
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's just for a matter of convenience. When I went through the introductions, I added everyone who's writing style or personality was something that I was going to want to keep an eye on. That way, when I'm voting, I go through and read those entries FIRST, to make sure I have time to comment and to vote. If I don't get to the rest, it's not AS likely that someone who really deserved MY vote didn't get it because I was a schmuck. And, yeah, I was selective... I added about 95 out of all the contestants.
Oct. 28th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
Not to worry, not to fret... I've never dropped someone from my reading list because they don't comment.

I like what I've seen so far of your writing, and I'm glad you added me back,
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think we'll enjoy watching each other.
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
It's nice to "meet" ya and have you on my flist!

And hey, live gets in the way sometimes. Only so many hours in the day and all. We can only do what we can do. So no worries when you can't be around as often as you'd like. I'm sure it's that way for most of us.

Glad to have you on board!!!
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Nice to be met! I think it's kinda neat that so far the people whose writing style appeals to me all seem to be pretty cool people, too... this is all very exciting!
Oct. 30th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
It really is exciting... I've met some very, very cool people so far. Lots of fantastic writers. This is a ton of fun.
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