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Full topic: Whose LJ is it anyway? Balancing personal expression and friends-list sensibilities in determining content.

Consider all the links in this entry not safe for work, children, or brain. Keep the eyesporks and brain bleach handy. Click responsibly.

Toward the end of middle school my classmates grew more curious than ever about the contents of my paper journal and best friend, Dr. Nbook. To quench some of their curiosity about my innermost thoughts, I began my first online journal in June of 2001. Most of the journal's contents were rather dull--after all, I was only fourteen and quite immature. However, I rarely worried about writing what my readers wanted, despite knowing that some of my best friends read my journal. It was my journal, right?

When I moved to LiveJournal in 2005 and dove into the communities, I discovered snark for snark's sake. I discovered stupid_free, Fandom Wank, brutal_honesty, and verywrongslash, and through these communities, I began to hone my train wreck syndrome.

I discovered placenta recipes (and not because of Tom Cruise). I discovered how to have sex with dolphins. I discovered NC-17 fanfiction featuring lolcats, the giant squid and J.K. Rowling, Strong Bad and Homestar Runner, and Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Finally, among many other things, I discovered 2girls1cup, which set a new high for disgusting on the Internet. (Don't look it up unless you really want to be scarred for life. If you do, consider yourself warned.)

There's one small problem, though. As much as I love scarring myself for life with these discoveries, not everyone on my friends list enjoys hearing about my fascination with bad fanfiction. I understand this. However, my journal is my dumping grounds. Everything goes in here, from deep spiritual wisdom to what I'm thinking that instant to my link dumps. I don't filter entries beyond the usual friends-only simply because I don't have a need to, and because I want to leave as much of my journal open as possible to non-LJ friends.

So what do I do instead? Read the italicized line again.

Consider all the links in this entry not safe for work, children, or brain. Keep the eyesporks and brain bleach handy. Click responsibly.

I still spill out all my content, but I give a warning, just so readers know what they're getting into when they enter my world of train wreck syndrome.

This entry was written for therealljidol. Voting starts today (Thursday), so if you enjoyed it, go vote on this entry and some other entries that will be less of a train wreck. Here's a tidbit: This topic was also bouncing around in my head for Sexual Ethics and My Scars.


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Jan. 17th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
so i had to check out the lolcat porn which was funny, and the giant squid one which was kindof disturbing, and then i decided i really had to know what 2girls1cup was, so i looked it up on wikipedia. i read like 3 sentences in to the description and decided i had read enough.

anyway, great entry, very different, and it lets me get to know you better than some of your other entries.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)

Oh sushi!

I read more bad fanfiction than you could hope to aspire too.
Jan. 17th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I too am a member of a few snark communities, as much as I hate myself for it sometimes. I try to justify it by remembering that I never instigate it, nor do I troll, I'm more of an amused casual observer. I don't really mention it much on my personal journal, though, because I have a few paranoid folks on my f-list who think even an indirect participation in such communities makes you untrustworthy.

Good post, a vote for you!
Jan. 17th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Nice entry. I am too afraid to go clicking. Grin. I love bad fan fic too, especially HP fan fic and have spent hours reading it.
Jan. 18th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
I am ashamed to say that I, too, have had the horror of 2girls1cup thrust upon me, poor, unsuspecting lass that I was. I didn't watch the entire thing--and this is coming from a chick who had had cut her internet teeth on Tubgirl. =/
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
To everyone whose entries I don't get around to reading before the voting deadline: Blame Sushi for causing excessive random link-click syndrome.
Jan. 20th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
StrongBad is the best ever! :-) I make myself not read them for a few weeks so I can save them up and watch a bunch at once!
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
you can rent the dvd on netflix too
Jan. 22nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I suppose. I like watching them on the computer.
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