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Those friends of mine...

I know, blogging about blogging is a sin, but indulge me a bit...

LiveJournal is the blogging service that I use. It also has some social networking features, like the ability to "friend" other LiveJournal users. When I friend someone, one of things that happens is that their blog posts are put on my "friends page" so I can go to one place to read all of my friends' blogs. Other people can see my friends page too, so they can judge me by the friends I keep (I guess)... My friends page is at http://shadzane.livejournal.com/friends

Besides personal blogs, LiveJournal also has something called "communities" that are like group blogs organized around a theme. For example, there's a Little Mermaid community called partofthatworld  that I really like. It has many members who maintain it and post Little Mermaid-realted stuff. There are many communities about may different things, and if I want to put a community on my friends page I can friend it too...

Whenever I go to read my friends page on LiveJournal, I go to a version that only shows me all my individual friends and skips all the communities at http://shadzane.livejournal.com/friends?show=P&filter=0. I do this because I friended too many communities that I'm not really that interested in, and I'm too lazy to remove them... One of the communities that i friended and forgot about is wtf_omgz , which basically only exists to post really offensive stuff. I recommend that you do NOT go there -- it's vile.

Where am I going with this? Well, we included my blog's URL in our Christmas card letter, and one of the recipients went to my blog (which was the idea; thanks for visiting), then went to my friends page, and was offended by what she saw on wtf_omgz . If I had remembered that it was there, I would have removed it before sending the Christmas letter, because I'm not out to deliberately offend. I have removed it now. Sorry about that...

Now, I'm not saying my friends page is now totally safe and non-offensive. I just removed the one friend who existed to offend. I may still have other friends who occasionally offend, so just remember that while I keep this blog at PG-13 or so, my friends can do whatever they want and I'm not responsible for what they may post that shows up on my friends page.

(What was I thinking with all the italics?)


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Jan. 8th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)

That's just...wow. Honestly, I love being one of your friends cause you post the best Ariel stuff EVAR! And it warms up the little disney princess inside me.

But you have no control over what other people post. And it's card-reciever's fault for clicking on your friend's page list. There is nothing you could have done about that.

...I have worked with the public way to long, lmao.
Jan. 8th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well, we gotta remember that you and I use LiveJournal and are used to how it works. An outside reader seeing a LiveJournal friends page for the first time can be allowed some confusion, because while all the content comes from others (my friends), the layout is mine.

Now, they should figure out what is going on fairly quickly because all the friends' posts have the friends' name at the top, but if they are distracted by something offensive, they may not bother to figure it out...
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
You have about as much control over what you're friends post on their blogs as I do with all this icky snow.

Why was this person reading your friends page when your christmas letter was meant for you? What does looking at your friends list have to do with it? That sounds kinda silly.

...blogging about blogging is a sin... - No I'm not. LOL! ;0P
Jan. 8th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
I may not be responsible for what my friends post, but am responsible for picking my friends. And wtf_omgz shouldn't have been on my friends list, because I wasn't reading it and had even forgotten it was there.

But wtf_omgz was just a community. I'm not going to get rid of any real people friends just because they may offend a reader.

Not that I don't want readers from outside LiveJournal. I do. I don't want this blog to be read only by other LJers, the outside world is welcome too :-)
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'd never consider anything happening on a page of your "LJ friends" as any reflective on you personally.

Also something that is on a community page today may not resemble what we were looking at the day we added them. Some community conversations tend to wander off topic.

But as for that particular page... they do live up to their name!
Jan. 11th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, wtf_omgz is pretty much what you say when you see it!
Jan. 9th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)

I thought to myself, 'hey, it can't be that bad!', BUT IT WAAAAAAAAAS! My eyes! They burn! I thought ... I don't know what I thought, but the pictures and the gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

But yeah ... I have a bunch of communities that I don't care about/read anymore and they're still on my page. Not a reflection of me, just random things I felt like watching. :)
Jan. 11th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I told ya not to look! ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Hey there, I noticed that your friended me... I'm sorry that I haven't friended you back. It's just that I'm trying to get to know my flist more, and it wouldn't be fair to other people for me to take on more journals than I have time to read.

Peace and happy trails,

Jan. 12th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)
No problem!
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