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Eight years and two days ago, setting up a publicly-visible weblog on a free, open-source platform seemed like a good solution to keeping on top of my to-do list. It wasn't a social decision, but a work-related one.

I see in my first post that I was reading my first Christopher Dyer essay collection. Appropriate enough, I have another coming in the mail any day now. Then, I was about to get a new computer as my old one was dying. Now, my laptop is starting its decline but, despite the way I can't always type apostrophes, tabs, or delete, (all of which are a pain to copy/paste in, if it can be done at all), it's not quite ready for replacement. haggisthesecond was my very first LJ friend. She and I (among other people) had dinner together on Saturday night. (She wasn't one of my first friends met through the internet however - that was the SC crowd, many of whom are still around here on LJ too.) In Canada, LJ was used by a haphazard collection of friends; when I moved to the UK, I found it was one of the core social coordinating tools used by the SF community. Aided by the networks enabled by this website, I've organised conference panels, found employment, coordinated expeditions, and gotten to know all sorts of amazing people.

Five years minus two weeks ago, I paid for a permanent account. In two weeks, it will have paid for itself. I suspect I'll be around here a bit longer yet.


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May. 24th, 2010 10:02 am (UTC)
Ah, we must have bought our permanent accounts at the same time, then. I remember doing the same calculation about how long it would take for it to pay for itself, though I had forgotten that the magic date was coming up.

Anyway, I am glad you have got some much out of LJ during your time here. It is a pleasure to have you around. :-)
May. 24th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
There have been few enough opportunities over the years to acquire them, so it's quite likely! I only checked since I thought it was probably coming soon, and was delighted to see quite how soon.

You've really helped me refine my thinking over LJ and to-do lists these past few months. Thank you for that, and for the pleasure of your company more generally!
May. 24th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
I've just looked through my own archive in response to your post, and I got mine on June 7th 2005.

Also, obviously should have typed 'so much' in my original comment, not 'some much'...
May. 24th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the day I bought mine too! We both thought it over until the last day of the sale before committing.
May. 24th, 2010 10:03 am (UTC)
happy LJ-birthday to us!
May. 24th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
Yes, indeed! I'd forgotten (again) that we figured this out. And that yours is a whole nine hours older. (Since you didn't mention this yourself, I'd like to think I am useful to you at least in reminding you of this anniversary each year!)
May. 24th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
you are - i always forget it's my LJversary until you post :)
May. 24th, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
What a good feeling, to look back at such accomplishment!
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