Sorry to hear that you had all of those bad experiences, but I'm glad you're back writing and posting!
I tried to come back to LJ a couple of times now, but it's such a sad ghost town. I think of my journal here as an archive now rather than somewhere I interact with anyone. I'm not sure if there is a another comparable, social alternative that is active. Certainly not FB or Twitter. Those are for only writing less than 160 words, posting cat pictures, and clicking a "like" button instead of actually responding to someone with words. Maybe I'll try TUMBLR. I don't know.
Regardless, it's nice you're back! Maybe if more people resurrect their journals here, it will cause a landslide of nostalgic inspiration.
Yeah, after I posted today I clicked on 'friends' and was shocked to see just how few people are still active on here. It's a shame as I rated LJ as the best for keeping in proper touch with friends. Though I can hardly complain when I've been away for two years myself, can I?
I don't really get facebook. Maybe it's more for people on-the-go with phones. I'm a bit of a dinosaur in that respect. My phone is just that, a phone. Radical, eh?
My 14-yo daughter is a big fan of TUMBLR and regularly berates me for not signing up. Maybe I will someday.
Anyway, thanks for commenting, on here and facebook. I'll see you around (though I'm not sure where yet!). :)
2015-06-05 05:03 pm (UTC)
Mike, so good to read a happy end/beginning to this story. Hope everyone's well and my goodness, Heather must be heading towards all grown up now. Cate x
We're all good here in sunny SOT, thanks.
Heather's 14, a heavy metal fan and wannabe Goth/Emo. She's too cheerful to really pull off the look, though. :)
You sulker, you! I owe you an email. I've been on this let-things-slide kick lately. It's getting better tho. I'm out of town on vacation right now, but as soon as I get things together, you'll be hearing from me. Come September, I'll be getting half my life back when the younger grandboy starts kindergarten, and then I'll only have them after school a few days a week. This coming week I've got both all day long. Whoa! I'll be on the tired wagon. Anywho, hope you stay back, glad to see you back, and several ppl I know have said they're hoping for an LJ resurgence, so we'll see.
A resurgence would be cool. We need to drag everybody back from facebook.
Enjoy your vacation. Sounds like you earned it. :)
Hey Rachel! When I checked my friends feed you were the one person still posting on a regular basis. Rachel Green, LJ stalwart! Are you still on Steam? That's mainly where I've been this past two years. :)
I can't get to grips with Shadows of Mordor. It looks amazing and I usually enjoy stealth and third-person, and yet... I dunno. It didn't seem to play naturally. It felt cumbersome and overly complex. Maybe I just need to give it more time to work its magic on me.
The game that's floated my boat this past year is Dishonored and the two story-related DLCs. I have no hesitation in making it my Favourite Game Ever.
Really? That's neat! What I loved about it is the sense of freedom - not just in the choices of how to play it, stealth or run 'n' gun or a combination of the two styles - but the freedom to go walking over rooftops, through houses, into tunnels, etc. Too many FPS games won't let you climb over a knee-high wall or make you go on massive detours because, despite being a one-man arsenal, you can't get past a locked door. Also, from my perspective, it was nice to play a stealth game that didn't rely on plunging the player into darkness. (Yes, I'm looking at you, 'Thief'.)
Have you played The Knife of Dunwall and Brigmore Witches? I bloody loved the way Daud's story dovetailed into Corvo's. I don't think I've come across better storytelling in a game.
Feel free to add me on Steam - inspiral (my avatar is the one-eyed major from Hard Reset). I won't be messaging you or anything, I just like to follow friend's progress in games. No problem if you don't want to add me, though. I understand some people don't want Steam becoming something akin to facebook. :)
Sorry to see I'm one of the three reasons you weren't here and also glad to see you are back. Not that I'm here, as I found this entry due to Facebook, where I have become somewhat embroiled too.
However, it's nice to see the old place again, I might check it out a bit more (he says, optimistically)...
Ach, no worries. While I was more disappointed with the Lemon Man debacle than I was willing to let on at the time, looking back I can see it was pebbles in a landslide.
As for LJ, I miss the old days when it seemed like everybody was on here. We had a good strong community of writers and artists, you know. I felt like I knew lots of people of a like mind and what they were up to. Facebook is, and I say this without a trace of irony, faceless by comparison.