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but a problem I have when re-reading this livejournal's older entries is a need to constantly edit them in order that they might make any readable sense. I swear to god that I've been unable to put a working, parse-able sentence together for my entire life, but at least I seem to have developed the ability to edit old ones into working shape by now. I'm glad that this livejournal exists and glad of what I wrote in it when I did keep up with it, and equally glad for the little snippets of interaction it has preserved which I drop on to when re-reading forgotten entries. I liked LiveJournal, and it was a solution to a number of problems that needed solving for me back in 2005 when I started using it. LiveJournal improved my life more than any other website, something which I don't think I can claim for any website at all since. I miss living with an internet on which something like this makes sense, but you can't go back I suppose.

All of which sounds eulogistic, but isn't intended to be; I bought a new computer about 9 months ago and one of the first things I did was make sure my browser was permanently signed in to this site. I still read LiveJournal daily, even if it is mostly syndicated feeds that I read on it these days. Something I can't escape is the feeling that mostly what actually gets written for LiveJournal these days is about LiveJournal and the unlikelihood of still being on it. I have a nostalgic fondness for it and the main thing which that nostalgia is driving is a desire to see a newer social internet take over from this awful, alienating, overly-busy, glib mess that has settled over it. Facebook has a couple more years of relevance left in it, and when it has fucked off, fallen off and myspaced into obscurity the thing that replaces it had better be better, because whatever we're trying to achieve with social networks was more apparent to me ten years ago than it is right now, and in that time I've only gotten more sociable. It really is the social web that has gotten shite. When was the last time you heard someone say that they met someone online from something other than a dating site? I don't think it happens as much, but if it does please tell me how it's done. These days I imagine that more face to face relationships started as a result of LinkedIn than the parts of the web dedicated to recreation. I'm sure it's great to be able to find a swingercize club on Facebook and rock up with your best jig trot the very next day and all but where do you go if you want to just talk to random people about whatever is on their mind? Answers genuinely appreciated because it used to be something that I did on a day-to-day schedule.

Anyhow, hello.

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