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Hello LJ!

This is not a work related post for a chang (shock horror!).

I hope everything out there in LJ-land is doing well?

I am a very infrequent visitor to these shores these days. I hate to admit it, as I've been a massive supporter and poster to LJ in the past. But these days I can go a week or two without really checking it.

Yes, I have become very much a Facebook person. On there most days now (several times a day).

I think this is because of a couple of reasons.

Firstly, time. LJ is great for posting and talking about things. For blogging and debating. For more rambling dialogues or commentary, etc. At present - and for the last few months since leaving London - I've not really had the time to be able to post anything more than a few comments (or my 140 Twitter characters). I've been very busy - either at work, watching movies, or at play. Or away at conventions, meetings or visiting friends and family. I've not really had the time, nor the inclination, to post about things here.

Secondly is a two fold thing. The first part is that LJ has become less populated. Even I, as an occasional visitor, have noticed it. There are less and less 'peopl' posts on my friends pages and more and more 'Feeds'. The Feeds haven't become more frequent - there's just the same amount as several months ago - but the people posts which used to post breaking them up have dropped off considerably. Less people are posting here so there is less for me to read and see. This has a knock-on effect to my attendence and involvement on the site. The second part of this is that I actually know and communicate with a lot more people on Facebook. A lot more of my old friends, my family and industry friends are on Facebook (and active) and many will never have heard of Live Journal, let alone have acocunts here. I can communicate and keep in touch with more people on that site. Plus many of my Live Journal friends are also on Facebook (and indeed many, like me, pretty much exclusively use only Facebook these days and have left LJ behind).

I won't be leaving LJ behind. I may be using it less, and checking my friends pages less, but I'm still going to maintain an active account (I have life membership in anycase so it's not costing me anything to keep it going). I will be returning to blogging but a large part of it will probably be from a different source - probably Blogspot at present (currently waiting for Google Wave to be released so I can see what it's compatible with) and will almost certainly be more industry based blogging and columns. I'll still occasionally post up more personal/private/ranom thoughts here and obviously keep my Facebook active.

Anyway, I can honestly say I've not really missed London at all since moving out. It's probably the best thing I've done. Life is at a much better pace out here in Wiltshire and the people are friendlier on the whole. It's certainly a lot easier to meet new people and stay in touch and see them again. This is largely down to size though. Obviously it's so much smaller than London so everyone is more likely to see each other again. I also love the fact that everything is within a short walk for me. The local pubs, the local clubs, all the shops, work... everything is on my doorstep (or near enough) and this is great.

London is also a city that remembers you when you're there and forgets you when you're not. If you aren't an immediate concern or phoning/seeing people London forgets you. A number of people have stayed in touch - phoning, emailing, texting or asking when I'm back in town to go for drinks - which is great and appreciated. But many people I - and/or Dave - used to see regularly haven't had a peep from (apart from when I've contacted them). London is a town where too many people are too busy and you're soon forgotten or dropped off the list as you're no longer there. It's taught us quite a few things about who were really truer friends. I've certainly had some surprising revelations with some people who were more on my periphery in London becoming closer friends and more frequent communicators than many of whom I considered drinking buddies and friends. I guess many were just drinking buddies. Which is fine. I'll still no doubt catch up with them if I bump into them in a pub or club when I'm back in town. But it has opened my eyes. Dave has claimed London is a cold city for years - since he moved back to Glasgow and had pretty much no communication from anyone whilst he was there. I can see where he was coming from now. Although I've had more communication with friends in London who have stayed in touched - but then I did spend most of my life there :p

I'm also glad that I adapted to life outside London without any problems. I thought I'd go into culture shock, but have been fine from pretty much the first day here. It makes me feel more confident that I can move and live almost anywhere and (if I don;t end up moving abroad sometime) I'm almost certainly going to take the next step of moving out of Swindon and into a smaller countryside village. I like my greenery and space it seems :)

Anyway, I hope everyone is well back in Londinium and in the LJ-verse as a whole. I'll catch up with you all again sometime soon.

Take care and best wishes from the Shires!


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Jul. 16th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Well, Angus, you've certainly given me reason to consider a Facebook account.
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Other than the London-specific bits, I agree with Angus. I'll still use LJ for long, rambley posts (which I rarely make anyway), but I find myself more and more on Facebook/Twitter, and the various Internet fora I frequent.
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
One of the things that I DO like that LJ has and Twitter/Facebook don't is the ability to hide things under cuts.

When Torchwood: Children of Earth was on last week there was nowehere for people to hide spoilers when talking about it on Twitter (especially) or Facebook.

Thus, even having not been able to see the show on TV, I sadly know what happens. I'll still watch the DVDs but it was rather annoying.
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I find at times that I don't have enough time in the day to keep up with all the fora and the like that I watch and post in.

Ah, well, at least everywhere will be relatively quiet the week you all go to GenCon! :(
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be unpacking in the new house during GenCon, of course... won't be gaming OR internet trolling. :)
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, this means that you'll be getting a good rest after that whack load of editing that you did, right? Other than the unpacking and sorting out of the new house, of course.
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I too am finding my life on LJ a little less frequent. I get pissed off that I don't have tons of new stuff to read, and then realise that I'm just as bad at updating. I used to post at least twice a day, now I'm lucky if it's twice a week.

I am much busier than I used to be, and I'm out enjoying life a lot more... It's a bit like something I heard on the radio the other day about long-distance relationship advice - you shouldn't just have one time of day where you call each other to talk, because after a while, you feel like you don't have anything important to say and you start to dread having to make the call.
Keeping in touch with little messages is more affective.

It reminded me of facebook vs LJ. It just means that once you can arrange to see someone, you have loads to talk about, especially when one of you says "so what the hell was that facebook/twitter update about last week?"...

The people on LJ know me better than most people, and I'm happy if that continues. I just wish I had more time to spend focussing on my friends.

Strange world.

I can't believe you thought that moving out of London would be such a huge culture shock, you snob! The rest of the country has been classed as civilisation for quite some time now!

Edited at 2009-07-16 04:42 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Course I'm a snob. I'm a Big City Boy! :p

Good luck this weekend with Gothla! xx
Jul. 16th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Biggest thing for me is that most of my MySpace friends, who generally are more punk / foreign and never LJ'd/blogged are slowly moving to Facebook, which is far easier to digest quickly than MySpace. However it does mean I have so much inane shit turning up on my feed that it's not a complete boon.

London is a cold city, but that's something I need. I love anonymity sometimes, perhaps because I can be a little 'in your face' at times and the whole thing about being able to just disappear and nobody care suits me down to the ground. The downside is though that I tend to treat people the same way and forget that actually they might just be in need of someone showing a bit of interest. Must try harder to keep in touch with people and I really want to come out to Swindon and hang out with you. I think I owe you lunch.

Jul. 16th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
That's really cool you've adapted to life outside the Smoke so well. It's certainly a funny feeling. I was a city dweller (Tokyo then London) for many years, but once I left I never looked back - the space, the green, the quality of life is so hugely different, I just kept getting less and less urban until now I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere surrounded by fields!

There was a time that I needed the stimulation of the big city's hectic noisy vibe; now I find the quieter my surroundings, the more inspiration wells up from within. I guess it's just a question of giving the voices in my head time and space to talk... :-D
Jul. 16th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
London is also a city that remembers you when you're there and forgets you when you're not.

Washington is a lot like London in that regard; if you're not seeing and talking to people, it's as if you don't exist. It also has a pretty strong dividing line between people who live and work int he city itself and people who live or work in the suburbs--the two rarely interact (I don't know whether that's true of London as well; I lived there a *long* time ago and was always in what I'd think of as the inner part of the city, what you can reach from the Circle Line). I've even known people who lived in the city who *refused* to go into Virginia or Maryland, basically tried to pretend as if the world outside the city centre didn't exist.

As for the fading of LJ, I'd agree it seems to be getting a bit quieter. A lot of the people I know here have FB accounts, and most of the people I know who have FB accounts don't have LJ or other blog accounts. They aren't interested in blogging or having substantive (or substantial) conversations, just playing games and exchanging imaginary gifts and having the occasional one- or two-line conversation. That's fine if it's what one wants, but I have no interest in it, and I actively dislike Twitter, so I guess I'm opting out of the march of Web 2.0 progress.
Jul. 16th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
When a man is tired of LiveJournal, he is tired of life.

So, Swindon. Wiltshire's Slough?
Jul. 16th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hey Angus,

Good update, I can sympathise. Although work took away access to Facebook from us a while ago (but not LJ) which has caused me to still urk on here.

Agree about London forgetting you. Although I'm not sure if it was just the Cam crowd I hung out with (as I wasn't playing any more).

Hope all is going well with you, your name comes up in conversation over here occassionally (which might surprise you).
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hi ya.

Things are ticking along nicely thank you :)

Are you still in NZ? I'm guessing the name cropping up is with Mr Keyes? Please say hi to him for me if you do still see him!

Take care,
Jul. 17th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I'm pretty indifferent to FB. Twitter etc. I've found the lengthier discussion but lower quantity of posts in LJ/DW to be preferable.
Jul. 17th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
I have to say Fb/twitter etc just don't interest me in the slightest, as it's rare I write fewer than several hundred words in one go. In fact, once I've started writing I find it hard to stop, which isn't a trait that other social media seem to accomodate.
Jul. 18th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
I was rubbish at contacting you when I was in London, so that's hardly likey to change once you've moved out :-)

Doesn't mean I've forgotten you.

What annoys me about Facebook is you can't read other people's posts without setting up your own Facebook account, and I don't want to do that, so I guess that just leaves Twitter.

By the way, I think I might be going to Swindon to see Nicky at some point soon. I'll let you know when I do and see if we can arrange to meet up.
Jul. 18th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
That should have said "when *you* were in London"...
Jul. 18th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I still prefer LJ as people tell more about themselves in the posts ~ finding facebook too brief and superficial. That said it is a more comprehensive network.

Good to hear you haven't been missing London. To be honest, I really miss countryside myself.
Jul. 19th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not a facebook / twitter person
For me, you are defiantely not out of sight out of mind, but then again we only really got to hang out during Dragonmeet.

I too have a perm lj account so am not going anywhere, but (from my point of view) tis a shame you are not going to be around much
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