Backup of David's Livejournal

Mind-Blowingly Old

Ten years?  Really, LiveJournal?  Wow.  You're old as dirt.  Congrats, that's quite an accomplishment for a web service. Honestly, I don't know how much more you have in you, but your endurance in the face of vox, deadjournal and dreamwidth and all the others really speaks to the power of community.

Services thrive when they grow and maintain a community around them. Otherwise, they fail, even if they're better.

Five years?  Well, nearly.  In a couple of months, I'll have been here five years. Wow, I've been friends with you guys for that much of my life. Practically as long as my son has been alive. In a way, you're all a significant part of my life's experience, and I care about you. I worry about you when you're troubled, I laugh with you when you joke, and I find peace with you when you share koans and zen thoughts.

I'm concerned, though.  We really are plurking and tweeting more than we blog nowadays.  I've long complained about twitter's damaging effect halophoenix has written about the state of blogging in the age of twitter.  (Even if you don't read it, scroll down to the bottom and read the first two comments, between 'Phoenix and I.)

For those of you reading this:  ::hug::, ::fist-bump::, Sláinte and Kanpai!

Tags: web


 zannah on May 21st 2009 at 10:00 PM

 davidd on May 22nd 2009 at 7:19 AM
Good grief, Charlie Brown! I've been here seven years and two months! That is truly mind-blowing! Y'know what's really... odd? This means I've been cyber-acquainted with  zannah for nearly eight years... yet I've never met her In Real Life. Still, I feel like I know her, like she's a "real person" in my "real world." Most of my internet contacts/friends have come from the Zannahsphere -- and of those who haven't, most have become at least tangentially a part of the Zannahsphere. I met  dblume via Z's sites. And Sjon. And Pastilla. And Frieza. Nari, of course. And... well, like I said, almost everybody. I need to move "Hang Out With Zannah IRL" to the top of my 43things list, I think. I hope the Russian mafioso don't ruin this place. I'd be sad. Interesting links, btw. I read 'em all. Even the overly long ones. (My response to your "Twitter's Damaging Effect" post is pretty funny, reading it a year later. Did I really write that? The irony is, in the past year, after all that griping and moaning about the shortcomings of micro-blogging, I'm sure I've posted a much higher word count myself at Plurk & Twitter than I have at LJ. At least Plurk has comment streams, which is far more interesting to me than Twitter's largely one-way approach.)

 zannah on May 22nd 2009 at 3:02 PM
^_^ I hope that we do get the opportunity to hang sometime, @davidd. I'm curious - do you remember how you found me original?

 dblume on May 22nd 2009 at 4:08 PM
I'll volunteer, although it's not very specific: Somebody mentioned "Zannah" on their own blog and linked vox.machina. I thought they were both cool names. Shallow as I am, the cool name and her well-designed site are what brought me in. The sincere writing, design, geek humor (incl. nethack, ssh, usr/bin/girl, etc.) and references to pop culture (Japanese and otherwise) are what kept me around at first. Another favorite geeky tagline for a blog? Charles Miller's tail -f /dev/mind > blog Wish I'd thought of that, myself.

 tyranny658 on May 22nd 2009 at 3:11 PM
I know, I've followed Zannah's and Nari's lives for years now. Now I have become friends with many of their friends through Plurk. I originally found Zannah through a Google search for blogs when I was trying to figure out what they were. I found !user bin girl, then moved on to Vox Machina. Now I want to meet all of you :)

 sjonsvenson on May 22nd 2009 at 8:54 PM
I don't remember whether I found Found first or whether /usr/bin/girl was first. Or maybe the Appartment 4-o-4 or what was it's name. I realy am not sure. How did one find things and people in those prehistoric, pre-Google times? She sure is one of the longest time online-friends. In well over six years on LJ I have seen a lot of people come and go. And come back. I intend to one day (yeah, when I got time to burn) to make a world-tour and phisically visit each and everyone of my online-friends.

 davidd on May 25th 2009 at 11:39 PM
Somebody else remembers Apartment 404! If I recall, correctly, The Boy only updated the site occasionally... and it lasted for all of about three or four posts. He's certainly found his venue on Plurk, though!