I haven't done one of these things in a long time, so I'm not particularly sure what to say. So I figured that a meme would suffice in the whole "getting to know me" thing (at least for now). Needless to say, I'm happy that there's more friending memes being circulated about now.
THE LIVEJOURNAL MEME
How did you come to start your LJ?
Started in early 2003, back when invite codes were still a thing on this site, when I finally decided to join. I had merely been lurking before, and thought it would be cool to get myself a journal of my own. I didn't know what to do with it first, since I never joined any online community before, but after figuring things out, especially once discovering more and more by interacting with fandom, I got the hang of it.
How did you find your first friends?
I honestly can't remember. Probably from the communities I first started commenting in back in the day.
Are those first friends still on your FL?
I think some, the rest either left due to interest differences or just disappeared overtime.
How long have you been on LJ?
A little over ten years.
Do you have more friends or communities on your FL?
Definitely more friends.
Do you do a lot of friends cuts?
No. I always feel guilty and uncomfortable with the thought of doing something like that.
What do you like in an LJ friend?
Someone who shares similar common interests, particularly squeeing over fandoms. Someone who respects my opinions but will also engage in discussions about things, and someone who I can find myself getting to know rather than someone who is just here and not doing much of anything at all. I don't mind if you don't comment all the time, but enough communication so we can know each other better is always nice, and it makes the whole "friend" thing even more official.
What do you dislike in an LJ friend?
I don't friend others who have qualities I dislike.
What would make you un-friend someone immediately?
Intolerance and ignorance, and the unwillingness to listen to others and thinking that their opinion is above anyone else's.
Have you been caught up in a lot of LJ drama?
I try to avoid it as much as possible. Unfortunately there's been some falling outs in the past, mainly due to the typical petty and stupid reasons that, looking back, could have (and should have) been handled differently. Also in certain fandoms, the environments can be incredibly toxic that the only way of avoiding any sort of drama is to remove yourself from the fandom entirely.
Do real-life friends and family members know you have a journal on LJ?
Very few, and they're usually the ones that don't care about my online activities.
Do you also have Facebook and if so, what do you prefer – LJ or FB?
What about Twitter?
I've contemplated having one, but then I realized I wouldn't even be using it other than stalking celebrities and actors (which is alright to a point, because sometimes you don't want to see the everyday private lives of actors who end up not being who you thought they were.) So yeah, I'm not much for the Twitterverse like everyone else is.
Do you blog on any other sites?
I have a Tumblr, which I often use. I'm on there and LJ quite equally, actually.
How often do you check in on LJ?
What do you rarely or never post about?
Real life. I will make the occasional post regarding updates on my health and maybe rants if something is seriously pissing me off that day, but I don't post much about my personal life.
Why don't you post about that?
There isn't anything exciting going on in my daily life that is worth posting about?
Have you ever thought about deleting your journal?
Have you ever changed your username?
In the past I might have, but then I reconsidered since I see your username as your online identity.
Why did you choose your current username?
It's a combination of my two favorite characters from my two favorite shows at the time: Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Max from Dark Angel. I wasn't entirely innovative when creating a username, and like I said I've thought about changing it, but for some reason I don't want to give it up. It's who I identity myself on here now, and to suddenly change it would be unthinkable at this point.
If you're looking for new friends, how do you find them?
Usually friending memes. On the rare occasion I will be engaged with someone in a conversation from a community or on another person's journal, and a friending will occur there. But mostly it's through friending memes.
Are you taking new people on to your Friends List just now?
Yeah, absolutely. As long as there's common of interests and fandoms (not some random empty journal/spam journal/spambot/serial adders/whatever), then I welcome anyone. :)
Finally, tell us the reasons why you keep an online journal.
Fandom and friends. If this was just a regular blogging site with no real sense of community I probably wouldn't keep it up. But LiveJournal has always been a community of people with like minds, sharing of interests and a huge venue for fandom outlets. I like writing and reviewing about my fandoms and having others to interact with because of it. I've made a lot of friends here via fandom (even met some through conventions) and it saddens me when I can't talk to them anymore, or when they've disappeared with no real warning or anything. Which I why I try to engage with others as much as possible, because while I enjoy other places like Tumblr, I miss having the communication and sense of community as this site used to have, and I try to keep it up.