I was talking with a colleague in the pub on Friday evening about weblogs and the merits of one blogging service against the other. Apparently he chose blogspot because he dislikes the idea that livejournal users can form friendgroups and thus to screen off comments so that different people can see different posts. I like livejournal for precisely the same reason.
Upon occasion I have considered going *friends only*, but I haven’t because I do like the idea that complete strangers can stumble upon my musings, like something, or be intrigued and read more. More than this, stumbling upon people’s journals (principally through their comments in other peoples journals) is how I’ve made some very good friends here.
I started this journal shortly after I suffered some quite unpleasant bullying. My original thought in starting this journal, is that I needed to *put myself out there a bit more*, and I needed to develop my self-confidence. I wasn’t expecting this journal to last long, hence me begging a free invite code from tinyjo, however within a month I had got enough out of the experience that it convinced me to buy a paid account.
Since then I have met some absolutely incredible people who have helped me develop as a writer, listen to my deepest fears, and help me to grow as a person. To this end I have a number of filters set up and no one but me knows exactly who is on which filter or which filter I am using. Even so I do post the majority of posts to a public forum, but the point is I don’t think I would feel comfortable posting everything to a public forum – and consequently I would post less full stop.
I think blogspot is improved now, in that you can post comments, but there still doesn’t seem to be same sense of community (that I value in livejournal) and you can’t choose (as far as I know) to make some posts private – or semi-private.
The odd thing about what grandpontgenie was asserting, was that in his opinion, unless you have a subscription service (like my own synergy, you shouldn’t limit who can see your writing – and that if you do this, you are somehow removing from the internet what it was invented to do.
Hrmm… I’m not sure about that…?