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generational LJ

this LJ over seven years old, and it's interesting how LJ itself has evolved over time in its userbase.

as in, back when LJ was new ten years ago, it was mainly a teenage thing, a newer internet generation kind of thing, and people wrote about teenagey sorts of things. But now you still have a lot of users from that time who were teenagers or coming out of teenagery and are no longer, and it's changed the dynamic of what i see on a lot of my friends pages. No longer are the majority of the entries about classes or boyfriends or apartments; now it's about careers, husbands, kids, buying a house.

granted, i haven't gone out and searched for new friends in a very long time, so it's conceivable that there's that slice of the newer LJ generation that i'm not privy to, but that's not really the point. The point is more about how when i take a step back and look at some of the LJ friends that i've had for x years, it amazes me when i think of point a and point b. it says something about life journeys, i think, and it shows the passage of time more than many other things in my life. i mean, i know that my life has changed a lot in the past nine years, but it doesn't really seem like it, that change isn't substantial. But when i look at the changes that other people have gone through, it hits home how much time has passed.

and what's great about it is that although i know that some people have fallen off of LJ-land, there are still some key people that still truck along on it, or if not here than on an alternative blog source, and i'm very glad about that, about all of you. It's a wonderful thing to read, your lives, how it's changing, how it's stays the same, &c. Even if there are times i skim, i'm glad i have the opportunity to skim at all, to be privy to those things, because even after all of these years, people is what remains the most important thing to me.

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jenni9
Oct. 16th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I've been here a long time and I can say for sure that my posts have dramatically changed from when I first started. Sometimes I go back and read what I wrote and think, "What was I thinking?!?!"

Anyway...it's good to have some long time lj friends. :)
lifeofmendel
Oct. 16th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
yeah, i don't even go back to my early early entries anymore. different place, different time, and not too useful to the person that i am now.

*smiles and clinks a wine glass with you*
miss_skillet
Oct. 16th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
*still here...sort of*
snickers1127
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Same here
girfan
Oct. 16th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
I got a Facebook account, but rarely use it. I've connected with some family and friends and ex-co-workers on there, but never say anything really personal (other than to mention my husband or ferret). LJ is where I do post more personal things, and I don't think this will change at all. I've made some friends via the LJ communities as well, some IRL.


I've changed in the years since I started my LJ, for the better, and am glad I have a record of how good and bad things were then.

specter_13
Oct. 16th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I completely agree, I don't post as much as I used to but I still read LJ everyday. But yea I think my lj will take on new life when I get to Japan.
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