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Cooler weather. Currently it's only 77˚F and partly cloudy. We begin to approach green autumn.

Yesterday I wrote 1,017 words on Agents of Dreamland.

And I'm feeling bad about how often these entries are so very, very short, how my LJ entries of late don't bear much resemblance to the more meaty entries of years past. But the truth is that readership here bottomed out a long time ago, and it's hard to motivate myself to write on LJ at length. I'll likely keep the journal going, out of habit, and because I think there are interesting days ahead. Maybe another year, maybe a little more.

I'm not quite awake. Seven hours and all the drugs, they leave me groggy and turned about.

Aunt Beast


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Marc D. Goldfinger
Aug. 6th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
We're Out Here!
Sometimes I just drop in to read. I'll bet many people don't always write something in response. It's a big world out there and some of us are paying attention.

I just saw my therapist and the Insurance we have makes it so hard for her to get paid. And we pay them plenty. They must hire people to design hoops that are difficult to get through so therapists throw their hands up in disgust and give up. My primary is Medicare and they are almost as bad.

I always say,"It's a good day not to have a gun," and I'm serious.

Books are better than guns.
Aug. 6th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: We're Out Here!

There are several ways that I'm able to keep up with traffic to the LJ. And they all indicate that I've dropped to a small fraction of the readers I had at its, around 2007.
Aug. 6th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
I do wonder what happened to all of the people who used to use LJ. Could it have really just been a trend or a fad?
Aug. 6th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)

I think it was, very much so. Blogging required a good deal of focus and a commitment of time from the one keeping the journal and all those reading. No way that can compete with the immediacy and ease of Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, Tumblr, etc. I'm pretty sure blogging hit its peak sometime in the early 2000s.

Edited at 2015-08-06 05:58 pm (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think there might be a generational gap in there. I'm wondering if all the people who used to be so into blogging actually migrated to the easier things like Facebook, twitter, etc. or if they just disappeared. A wide variety of ages use Facebook but some of the other services seem to be the domain of the Millennials. I'm not sure the tl:dr folks would have taken an interest in long format blogging anyway. Where the actual bloggers went, is what I want to know.
Aug. 6th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am glad I was finally and sufficiently compelled to join the immediacy of Facebook (thank you, Aunt Beast), though it still scares the crap out of me a bit having done so.
Aug. 6th, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'll keep reading the LJ as long as you keep writing here (and I have to re-buy a bunch of your books as soon as I unpack and see what I didn't have to throw out due to mold, so I imagine I'll be reading those again, too). I always feel weird commenting on strangers things on the internet though, whether they've got any measure of notoriety or not.
Aug. 7th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Simply Minds.
I have a sneaking feeling that much of the current, or last generation are Oscar Wild's Happy Princes. They are all waiting for the bubble to burst, and spend their time standing on a pedestal weeping, wait to have bird pluck out there eyes so they don't have to see the ignorance in which they live there lives. You should do a Video blog, the Happy Princes wouldn't have to read.
Aug. 8th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
I try to keep reading but hardly ever comment and less often read the comments section to my f-list even when I read the entries simply because of longer hours working than I used. And just an overall energy drain. Too many bad things happening on too regular a basis. Don't know if the latter part of this is effecting others, but the former certainly seems to be a nation and quite possibly world wide phenomena--more people working longer and harder simply to keep in place or not fall too far behind. And that sort of additional stress spread wide *could* make both individuals and families in general more susceptible to illness and other sorts of hardship, which in turn effects everyone around them and so on.

If you're dead tired or too worried about someone or something to think straight, it's a lot easier to retweet or favorite something than it is to write an extended comment or blog post (actually writing something meaningful in the length of a tweet? That actually is really hard, imo, and I at least haven't acquired the knack for it, tho for many others that also seems easier than writing longer form).

Facebook and tumbler I avoid for a variety of reasons, but the current herd instinct does seem to favor them over lj, for whatever reason. But hey, these things sometimes run in cycles, and lj may have bottomed out; it could be due for an upswing.

eta: this was not meant to be a downer comment; I like reading thoughtful posts and wish there were more of them. Was just trying to make a guess as to traffic and the migration away from lj; hopefully there will be a return before the combo of things getting better and people recovering from the very, very extended downturn.

Edited at 2015-08-08 10:42 pm (UTC)
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