That's right. Apparently, I was endeavoring to conduct a literary analysis of T. S. Eliot in my sleep.
And apparently symbolist poetry is the only thing my subconscious thinks should be interpreted in a literal, linear way. Go figure.
Anyhow. From hamsterwoman: a meme about LJ.
How did you come to start your LJ?
Once upon a time, back in, oh, 2003, I guess, the Les Miserables Fan Fiction Index had a message board, and a lovely message board it was. I met a lot of people whose fan fiction I'd been reading for years, and had a lot of discussions about Victor Hugo, and 19th century France, and anachronisms in fanfic, and so on. I met the kind of people who not only liked reading and writing slash, but could also answer questions about what sort of cassock an archdeacon would have worn circa 1482 in Paris. Good times.
Anyway, at that time, mhari started a weekly Les Miserables drabble challenge called gleamswhichpass, on LJ. In those days you couldn't join LJ without an invite code, but someone on the message boards was nice enough to give me one. (estllechauvelin, I think? Or maybe petronelle?)
For my first year on LJ, I only used my journal in order to make posts to gleamswhichpass. But then I realized that, in spite of the fact that I never posted, a few folks from the Les Mis boards had friended me... so I went ahead and started using the journal. :)
I still have a lot of Les Mis fans on my friends-list, though almost none of them ever write about Les Mis anymore, and some of them I don't even associate with Les Mis anymore (I'm looking at you, axmxz ;). There's gamesiplay, caudelac, taskir, rainbowjehan, maenid, dreamsofstars, latin_cat... and undoubtedly some more people that I'm forgetting...
How did you find your first friends?
See above. :) They were all Les Mis people, at first. Then I got into some M*A*S*H and Lord of the Rings groups, and made some friends there.
Are those first friends still on your FL?
Apart from the first few Les Mis folks, I think my earliest friends were minttown1, celiloquoy, zoepaleologa, and annamilton. They're all still on my friends list, though annamilton seems to have disappeared. Well, and a couple of Les Mis people have dropped me, since we don't have much in common anymore. But I still enjoy reading their posts.
How long have you been on LJ?
I got my journal in May of 2003, so technically, six years. But I didn't start posting in it until 2004.
Do you have more friends or communities on your FL?
Friends, definitely. Most of the communities I'm "watching" are communities no one even posts to anymore, and I've just never bothered to delete them. The only communities I really pay any attention to these days are mash_slash and cox_and_co (Sherlock Holmes), and I barely even read those.
Do you do a lot of friends cuts? What would make you un-friend someone immediately?
I do defriend people, if I decide I don't want to read their journals anymore. So far, I've never defriended anyone without waiting a while -- usually several months -- to see if I'll feel differently about them in time. Even if they're doing something that really annoys me (like ranting in every single post they make about how much they hate Dostoevsky), I'll still wait a few weeks before dropping them from my friends list.
The only person I ever defriended sort-of-immediately was this girl who kept fuming about how bad other people's grammar was, apparently unaware that her own grammar was horrible -- on top of which, every single one of her icons was grossly pornographic. :/
What do you like in an LJ friend? What do you dislike?
I like people who make interesting posts. What defines "interesting" I can't exactly say; with some people it's a matter of content, with others it's a matter of their writing style, or the fact that I've known them so long that even the most banal details about their day-to-day activities interest me, because reading them is a way of keeping in touch, sort of.
I dislike people who post large images without using a cut tag, and people who have absolutely no tact in leaving comments. And people who prefer their own special arbitrary grammar rules over the ones that actually belong to the English language.
Have you been caught up in a lot of LJ drama?
No, I don't do drama. Well -- okay, wait. I was one of the first people to leave deleterius, somewhat vocally, when the mod refused to take down her new community icon, which was a swastika. Apparently my departing post was dramatic enough that it made it to Fandom Wank, though most of the Fandom Wank comments were about how fucked up the swastika was, and not how wanky my post was, so.
I've also been corrected a couple of times for replying to inappropriate posts with sarcastic macros. Like, one time, someone posted an advertisement in a literary fanfic community asking people to buy their nude art, and requesting volunteers to do nude modeling for them for free. I replied with a Holmes/Watson macro, and was politely asked not to do anything like that again. Which... isn't exactly drama, but it's sort of close, maybe?
Here's the macro, by the way. I don't even know who made it, but it's awesome. XD
Do RL friends and family members know you have a journal on LJ?
Sure. At this point they're even quite used to my calling it "LJ," and referring to people with strange names like hamsterwoman. XD
Do you also have Facebook and if so, what do you prefer – LJ or FB? What about Twitter? Do you blog on any other sites?
I got a Facebook a couple of weeks ago because a My Little Pony trader wanted to talk to me on the Facebook instant messenger thingy. I keep meaning to delete my account, because I have no intention of using it.
And I abhor Twitter. I loathe Twitter. If I could block Twitter from importing its pointlessness to my friends page, I would do so. (Sorry, people who use Twitter. I just. I do not get it.)
How often do you check in on LJ?
Like... constantly. XD Well, no, but a few times a day, anyway.
What do you rarely or never post about? Why don’t you post about that?
Well, obviously there are lots of things I never post about, like polo, cheese graters, and Charles Darwin's wife, because why would I post about them?
But, eh. Generally, I don't post about anything that's actually important to me, because there seems to be an inverse law attached to that sort of thing: the more important the subject is to me, the less anyone else will care to read about it. And if I'm just talking to myself anyway, there's no reason to do it online.
Have you ever thought about deleting your journal?
Yeah. Not deleting the journal itself, since I'd still want to be able to log in and read my friends-list, but I've thought of deleting all my old posts and just... not posting anymore. Because I really don't think anyone here is interested in the kinds of posts I want to make, and I'm not interested in most of the posts I actually do make, so it's all sort of pointless.
Why did you choose your current username? Have you ever changed your username?
I picked _grayswandir_ because grayswandir was already taken. (By some Russian dude, of course. :P What is it with Zelazny and Russians?) My second choice would have been "Dostoevsky's Mouse," but that was too many characters, even without the space. So underscores it is.
(That kind of didn't explain at all, did it? Oops. Well, "Grayswandir" comes from Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. It's the name of Prince Corwin's sword, the Night Blade.)
If you’re looking for new friends, how do you find them? Are you taking new people on to your Friends List just now?
I never go looking for new friends, but sometimes I happen upon people whose journals I want to continue reading, and when I do, I add them. :)
Finally, tell us the reasons why you keep an online journal.
I don't even know. Because there are a lot of people here that I like, and I want to read their journals. So I come up with things to post, to remind everyone that I haven't disappeared.