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What A Difference Four Years Makes

The only good thing that came out of the nonsense running through LJ these past few days is that I finally backed up my journal. In doing so, I came across an old post I'd been looking for and thought I'd share it with y'all.

Just for shits and giggles... a list of things I swore I would never do (first posted March 21st, 2004) when I first opened my Live Journal (Which for the record was September 26th, 2003):

1. I will never amass a huge friends list. Who has the time or desire to read the odd ramblings of insane people. This is gonna be for me, only - to have a place to put my private feelings and rants.

2. I will never have people friend me. What would I have to say that anyone would be interested in reading, anyway?

3. I will never read other than Spike/Buffy and Spike/Angel fics. Those are my two OTPs, and I stand by that.

4. I will never get involved in beta'ing other writers' works, nor offer my opinions. Look at the genius out there. What would they ever listen to me for?

5. I won't sign up for communities. Don't need the added nonsense.

6. RPGs? Isn't that what I used to laugh at on the Commodore 64? For geeks, only.

7. The most holy of holies! I will NEVER write a single, solitary word of fanfic. Nope, not me. Have no desire, no talent, and don't want to be stoned. I've seen enough bad!fic out there, and don't need to add to it. And as for drabbles? Hell, what kind of emotion can you get out of 100 silly words, anyway?

1. Yuh huh - see the 131 different friends I follow on a daily basis. The refresh button and I have been way too intimate. (ETA: FL now stands at 532!!! **boggles**)

2. See the 88 people who have decided I might be the next messiah be worth a read on occasion. And who've offered more support over the past months than blood family. (ETA: Mutual FL now stands at 240, and will be revised upwards, shortly)

3. Still my fav OTPs, but I've read stuff and pairings that have made my hair curl, and will continue to do so. My horizons have broadened along with my ass, from sitting at the computer all day, reading fics that have nothing to do with my OTPs. (ETA: I will never admit publicly all the pairings – and thensomes – that I now read. Not under penalty of death)

4. Use me, abuse me... but give me fic before anyone else. My newest motto. Not to mention late nite bull sessions, sussing out 'does this sound right' and 'argh... what's next?' and 'WTF am I gonna write about next?' and 'does this voice sound off to you?' and 'did so and so ever do such and such?'. Ah, the joys of life when you have no job... you can read and read and read! And thanks, folks, for thinking I have something to add to your wonderful fics. (ETA: Nothing to add here. Still glad to be a part of the best part of fandom)

5. There are now 16 communities I watch, some of which I actually help to maintain. (ETA: Let’s just add a handful here to bring the number up to 117 communities)

6. Hee! Geek me! RPGs... so totally hooked on the suckers. Makes my obsession with the refresh button worse by the moment. (ETA: I lay this totally at the feet of reality_bends, thanks to flaming_muse and wesleysgirl)

7. **hangs head here** So I fucking lied. Sue me. Better yet, READ ME!!!! **begs**
Drabbles can grab you by the short hairs and pound emotion into your soul. 100 words of concentrated 'in your face.' As for fics? Well, they ain't Shakespeare, and except for a few of you, nobody else is either. Just glad to count myself in with you all. (ETA: It still ain’t Shakespeare, but I does me best, and thanks to the encouragement and beta skills of my friends, I continue to try)

Anyone else find their initial ideas of fandom involvement blown to bits by the reality of living with it for all these years? Come on in and talk to me! **lays out virtual refreshments**


( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 1st, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
and the valuable lesson we've learned is...NEVER SAY NEVER!!

*goes back to reading spangel*
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Gilbert and Sullivan's riposte to Never?

Well, hardly ever! **grins**
Jun. 1st, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Question...short of going through and copying every post, how does one go about backing up their LJ?
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
There is a program recced by several kindly folk on my FL called LJArchive. It can be a little tricky to set up, but it's worth it and works beautifully.
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
I never made any promises, I know myself too well! Back in the day I never imagined the pairings I would read and enjoy now. Drabbles and slash and crossovers, oh my!
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Oh yes... I find if the writing is excellent, I can read just about anything. I still have a few lines I won't cross, but I won't tell 'cause you just never, ever know. *grins*
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, me too. Though some warnings still cause me to run in the opposite direction, if a story's written by a particularly good author (or recommended by same) I might give it a whirl. *grins right back at you*
Jun. 1st, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)

Thank goodness for the fanfic wot you write, and the communities you are involved in - I am totally ignoring the gruesome fact that you read anything but Spuffy! And look, you have more friends than most politicians! *grins*

Never is such a hard word to live up to! *hugs* xxx
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
I am totally ignoring the gruesome fact that you read anything but Spuffy!

See... this is how I knew it was you, oh sekrit commenter. *grins and hugs you back*
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
*giggles* That was amusing.

Jun. 1st, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Glad you thought so, hon. Stop in and see me sometime. *smiles*
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
I'm going to be pretty scarce for another week or two, but then I'm on holidays from uni. And it'll be back to normal with me bugging you all the time. *g*
Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Will be looking forward to it, hon.
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Thanks - better have a cup of tea - its morning here!

Yes when I joined LJ last year it was to find a Beta for a story I was working on ... one person only! Now look at me - I didn't write a list, but most on your list I would agree with - Altho' I now have joined communities for a couple of other fan-doms as well ... Basically there is no hope for me (or should I say - there is no hope for either of us!)
Jun. 1st, 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
Nope! Not a prayer in the world for either of us. **giggles**
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Well, when I started LJ'ing, all I basically did was whinge about how much I disliked what Joss was doing to poor old Spike. No wonder nobody read it.

Looking back, I have no idea who that person is any more.

Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
From wriggling little caterpiggles to glorious preening buffyflies. That's what fandom has made of us. And if occasionally we don't reflect in our mirrors... well... oops?
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:40 am (UTC)
Okay now you were just too funny with this. I think once you get started with LJ you just can't stop and then we end up with friends, communities etc.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
It makes even the shyest of us more gregarious. We just can't help but interact with everyone.
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
How we end up lying to ourselves. I created my lj so that I didn't have to be anonymous when commenting on fic, and wrote the un-prophetic words "Don't anticipate posting much here".

I'm glad I didn't say anything about not writing fic, though, because I really don't think I could do that. It's also lucky I didn't mention anything about only ever reading Spuffy fic, cos oops.

Jun. 1st, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Sweetie, at least you'd have kept your word....
I expected to put in a token post once a week or so, and hadn't much idea what I'd find to write about. NEVER fic of my own, that was for sure.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
**sings** There'll be some changes made today... there'll be some changes made!
Jun. 1st, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Never say never indeed :)) Funny how time can change things. Sometime to the good, sometimes to the bad.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
LJ helps us to live in interesting times. I think I'd be lost without it after all these years.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
I think I'm addicted to LJ :) I would miss it (Did before; there was a time when I couldn't access it for some month but later it was back *clings to LJ and hopes it never happens again* I'm only more addicted to reading ;-) Was that long before LJ.
Jun. 1st, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
A mere 20 months here, and I plead guilty to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Oh, and add "I will never be lured into using IM or anything similar."

I joined LJ so I could post comments under a name, rather than anonymously, which always struck me as bad manners. I was never going to write - and if I did, never EVER share any of it where people could, like, read it.

And just how many thousand words have you written? Say, in Beloved alone, for starters?

Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
**cackles insanely in the corner with Baby**
Jun. 2nd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
And I'll never forget it was you who dragged me into LJ in the first place, sweetie ;-)

Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
Mwahahahahaha! she cackles, evilly.
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