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blah blah words words [May. 25th, 2001|04:14 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Slept in, skipped some classes, went to a class, worked on server move. I'm sick. Cold and allergies together. Blah.

I'm getting sick of posting lately, for a number of reasons:

  • I can't write.
  • Nothing interests me, so I have nothing interesting to write about.
  • Nothing profound to say.
  • I never have anything happy or positive to talk about. I'm always grumpy. People are always pissing me off, annoying me, or disappointing me. And more often than not I can't write about it because those people or friends of those people read it.
  • I get sick of reading comments. Too many people I don't know reply. Not enough people I do know reply. Too many long threads about off-topic stupid shit.
  • The things I do want to talk about I can't, because the large number of people that read my journal. I'm not the fucking LJ news, but I'm still a friend of 514 people. Seriously, I'm not interesting... take me off your list. Update: I'm just being grumpy. Ignore me.
Grrrrr. Did I mention I'm grumpy?

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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2001-05-25 04:16 pm (UTC)
You could make your entire journal friends-only. :-)
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-25 04:20 pm (UTC)
been thinkin' about it
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2001-05-25 04:20 pm (UTC)
Don't you hate pants?
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-25 04:26 pm (UTC)
heh, yeah... that's what i meant to say
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[User Picture]From: evilgoddess
2001-05-25 04:22 pm (UTC)
Making it friends only would help your situation out alot. I will take you off my list :o)
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[User Picture]From: billiam
2001-05-25 04:26 pm (UTC)
shizat dood, u shuld cum check my shit out... itll make ya feel betta!!
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[User Picture]From: paradisacorbasi
2001-05-25 04:27 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry.

I've followed the journal out of curiosity since I joined and I actually do find you interesting as any of the other people I put on my friendslist.

But it's your choice and I'll respect it.
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[User Picture]From: angelicdestiny
2001-05-25 04:28 pm (UTC)
if you made your journal friends only (and took me off of your friends list) i wouldnt be able to stalk you no mo :o\
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From: collegegirl
2001-05-25 04:50 pm (UTC)
*sniff* I know....I wanna stalk him too, no fair! :(

But yes, I can see where all this would get horribly, horribly annoying. There are only 20 or so extra people that list me as a friend, and they're god damn annoying, in that they comment and make no sense. Turning the comments completely off is not much fun, for long, because you do want your friends to be able to comment, and then LJ loses it's cool ability to be a messaging service. :)

Friends only sounds like a good way to go. I'm considering it, and 110 people listing me is far from as scary as 500 idiots.

PS - I only read your journal because of boobs.
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[User Picture]From: ironman1231
2001-05-25 04:37 pm (UTC)
I find it ironic that the most people that will respond to this post are again, people you don't know.

Yours is the first journal I read ((after the person who's journal I found first) and I was very interested in it. I added you to my friends list for the same reason that I added Blythe, Chuck, and Eric. All of you write interesting things, and I can live college vicariously through you.

Also, there are lots of happy things that you could write about. I'm sure Blythe makes you hapoy sometimes, right?
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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2001-05-25 04:39 pm (UTC)



H A R !
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[User Picture]From: bradfitz
2001-05-25 04:55 pm (UTC)

Re: HAR!!!

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From: stonebutterfly
2001-05-25 04:43 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Sorry. Never meant to make you feel like you couldn't write whatever you wanted. I've removed you. Take care. Hope ya feel better.
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[User Picture]From: aquaone
2001-05-25 04:57 pm (UTC)

on the list, off the list?

hmm... i would like to keep you on there because i think you're damn cool. hell, i've brought like 10 people into livejournal personally, another 20-30 who have unpaid accounts that they just use to filter (creating friends lists and what-not).

i do have an ungodly number of people on my friends list, i think it's about 120... but at least half those people would get removed before i would even considered removing you.

i use my LJ as a place to vent a lot. i mean it's my frickin' _journal_. if people don't like what i have to say they can fuck off. it's my general attitude. "here i am, accept it and deal with it or go take your whiny ass somewhere else." then again IRL i don't have a great number of friends for that reason... btu the friends i do keep are good ones and know me damn well.

i just wish more people respected the fact that LJ can be used for whatever the funk people want to use it for. one of my co-workers uses it to log websites he finds interesting. i know other people who use it to trade webcam pics. other friends of mine use it to trade song lyrics. it's almost like the evolution of usenet for some people... an "in your face" compact, close-knit usenet.

well, i'm rambling. sorry, i do that too much.

i do think people have a good idea with going the friends only route, it'd cut the signal-noise ration down and well, if people are pissing you off, nuke em. gives you control back without having to use your true Godlike powers as the creator.

if you'd like me to nuke you from my list i will resentfully comply... but i cannot recall a single post from you i have noticed and then not read, for whatever that's worth.
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2001-05-25 05:06 pm (UTC)


This comes from one of the people that doesn't actually know you...

I recently mentioned in another entry that I initially started reading your journal because of who you are, but I added you as a friend because I've enjoyed reading what you've had to say. Aside from that, no - we've never met and I don't really live close enough or have the money to spend to come by something like an LJ party up your way.

But for me, what I like best about LJ is the opportunity to read what other people have to say and, potentially, get to know them, whether it's just through LJ or offline. I've got a few friends listed that I don't really know, and a few people have me listed as their friend even though I don't really know them. Yeah, that's going to happen, but again, that's part of what I like about LJ. We don't have to be stuck just having exchanges with only the people we know.

Granted, it's going to be a different story because as far as LJ goes, you're "somebody" and I'm "nobody," along with a lot of other users out here. Unless someone already knows me outside of LJ, nobody probably has a reason to come read my journal unless they come across it randomly, or perhaps through postings in other journals and communities.

That said, I apologize if I've contributed to any of the stuff above that you mentioned. I'll remove you from my friends list if that's what you prefer.
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[User Picture]From: sun
2001-05-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
guess this is goodbye then.
Love Sun
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From: sheehan
2001-05-25 05:19 pm (UTC)

variable depth email cutoff

i'd recommend a depth of 2 (ie any posts within 2 steps of your original entry, or any comments you make)...

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[User Picture]From: muerte
2001-05-25 05:37 pm (UTC)
It's ok you can bitch about me. I can take it!
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[User Picture]From: skeets
2001-05-25 05:44 pm (UTC)
Your reasons for not posting are *very* familiar, or at least, reasons 2-4 are. (I like to at least *think* that I can write ;p) It has always irked me that my LJ has, more often than not, been the center of my own personal bitch-fest... if I only wrote about happy/thoughtful stuff, I know *I* would probably be posting a lot less.

I personally like reading you, although I can't quite pin down why. I have this frightening fascination with other people's lives for some reason.

I can kind of sympathize with the random people thing too. I got to know quite a few people via my activities in the anime web a couple years ago, and I really enjoy knowing those people. But after a while I got to the point where I just didn't feel like knowing or extensively dealing with any *more* people than I already did, but even so, random people I didn't know just kept e-mailing me and ICQing me in lamerspeak and shit. So, I just stopped answering them.

You are certainly not obligated to deal with all of us if you don't want to. It's your right to say what you want, and it's also your right to not say anything at all.

It doesn't really show much on the main site, but I think people still get the feeling that you're very much at the center of the LJ project, which you certainly are. But perhaps there's some way to take the focus off yourself, especially since there are a lot of people who work on it and contribute to it these days? Or maybe you've already done all you can... I dunno.

I also like Mike's idea of gutting people. :D If only it were all that simple. SIGH.
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