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Apr. 4th, 2008 | 04:54 am
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I know that this has been asked by many in the past and with my new list of friends, I guess I am still curious. That being said, here's my burning question:

When and why did you start a Live Journal Account??

I started back in 2004. I had not heard about livejournal before then. One of my classmates mentioned it and stated how cool it was to have people read what you wrote and comment. Personally, I enjoy writing. I have (had) a personal journal and well, writing in it was fun, but no one was really there to read it. I mean, it's nice to have a journal that no one reads, but then having it online like this where people can comment validates what I think sometimes. It's great to have people either agree or disagree with me and we can hold a discussion about any given topic. So, I abandoned the traditional form of journaling and started a livejournal instead. I still want to publish my own story and I still enjoy writing on LJ to hear what others think.

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Molly

From: molsey
Date: Apr. 4th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I got LJ in the spring 2003. For a few months prior, I'd been commenting anonymously on the LJ of an online acquaintance. Then another person I knew got an LJ. Back then, you had to either pay to sign up or be invited by an existing member, but I wasn't good enough friends with either of these people to feel like I could ask for an invite code. So I paid the $5 fee and signed up. I think what also kind of pushed me to sign up -- aside from having this 2nd person I knew do it -- was that some big stuff had recently happened in my life and I realized I needed an outlet.

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Perfectly Imperfect

From: lordgary
Date: Apr. 4th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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I got my account in August of of '03, I used to keep a paper journal and thought I would go online.

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Apr. 4th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I started back in 2004, which was the first time I have ever heard of livejournal. I wanted a place to post my artwork, and just keep a random journal. But I found other sites to post my art, and so my journal turned into a plain old online journal. In addition, it was "the trend" with my friends back then, but now they all abandoned LJ for MySpace except for me, because I dislike MySpace.

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From: reyvin
Date: Apr. 4th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Mine's kind of a convoluted story. I first heard of LJ back in 2004 when I was writing for the vampire RP forum. I didn't see a need to have my own tho I was required to create ones for my vamps. I liked customizing the layout and such and sort of enjoyed the banter of comments though I was still getting used to people commenting directly about my writing. After much hounding from the other writers on the forum, I broke down and created my own LJ but didn't post in it much, mostly used it to comment on their journals. When I left the forum, under not so great circumstances, I deleted the journal.

Six months later when I started playing World of Warcraft, I started another LJ and posted my gaming adventures but nothing about my personal life. It was strictly a gaming journal. I met a few people on the World of Warcraft community and after some persuasion, created a personal LJ. Again.

It got next to NO comments or attention so I deleted it. Again. I just felt kinda pathetic posting when no one was reading. Felt like I was a crazy person talking to herself.

Then I decided shortly after I moved here (a year ago) to give it one more try. I didn't know anyone here and my guild had fallen apart in the game so I had like NO socialization whatsoever and was going a little crazy. I was desperately trying to figure out how to get more readers to my journal and even ended up posting about it, saying how it was frustrating for me that no one read it and no one commented. I had a couple friends and one mentioned the addme communities. That's when my journal really took off. Once I had some interaction then I started getting more motivated to encourage MORE interaction. Hence the now plethora of posts like Question of the Day, Topic of the Day, Meme of the Day, etc. I want to keep people not only reading but commenting.

So....that's my story. Hehe.

And I'm gonna xpost this in my journal.

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porcelain ocean

From: porcelain_ocean
Date: Apr. 5th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
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Livejournal is basically the public portion of my journaling life. I have a paper creative journal that I post in every so often, as well as a paper journal to write the more difficult and/or boring stuff. Even though I've been online for quite a while now, I am still slightly weirded out by other people reading into my life and seeing a piece of my soul. I'll get used to it eventually I guess.

I started out with LJ back in 2002 when you had the option of buying a journal or getting a code from someone who bought a journal. It was given to me by a friend of a friend, and I am eternally grateful. It's a really neat way to look back to certain times in your life and to see how much you've grown. You can do that with a paper journal as well but I find myself looking at my handwriting instead, feeling the emotions that poured out in the scribbles and painstaking perfection that fluctuated between my entries.

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