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Six years and counting

Six years ago, searching for a way to motivate myself to write daily on my dissetation, C. suggested I start a blog for posting daily word goals and counts. I could tell my family about it, and if they checked now and again, I would feel responsible to an audience for achieving my daily word goals. It was a good idea. I picked LJ because it was based on an open source platform and it was free. The only person I knew who used the service, littleowl, was busy recovering from giving birth and it would be weeks before she logged in again. I got my invite code from a player named Blue on TooMush. I set up an account for tracking my daily writing progress.

A few weeks later, browsing through communities, I encountered haggisthesecond. And from there, it all slowly snowballed, until, rather rapidly, LJ became more of a social and networking nexus for me than a tool for dissertation structure. But that's okay. I finished the dissertation, I graduated, I moved continents, I bought a permanent account, LJ no longer requires invite codes, and a whole lot more people use it these days.

Now the people I know here cover all sorts of clusters from my life and world: relatives, medievalists, historians of science, Smithies, friends from the University of York (UK), friends from the University of Toronto, Canadian science fiction fans, British science fiction fans, people from TooMush, people from SouCon, and all sorts of other people, most of whom are located in countries I've lived in, but others in Afghanistan and Australia, to name two. Several of you have proved points of cascading acquaintanceships and friendships, through whom I've met countless others, particularly cliosfolly, easterbunny, fjm, hungry_pixel, and mirrorshard. (LJ makes these connections more explicit than I might otherwise remember.) The majority of my f'list I've met, whether or not I knew them before we encountered each other via LJ. It's been a good six years. Thank you.

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sartorias
May. 22nd, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Here's a salute for all you've accomplished in six years--looks like a considerable achievement.
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
taldragon
May. 22nd, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
and me (coincidentally, it's also my LJ-versary too!).

happy LJ-versary :)

here's to many more years of random trivia, academia, eatery reviews and photos of Playmobile acquisitions!

Edited at 2008-05-22 01:39 pm (UTC)
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Happy many years of you having an LJ too!
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owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
And I'm so glad I know you! (We'll sieve through the options while seeing which way the wind blows.)
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owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Given how (relatively) infrequently I see you, and how it's usually only with a few people at a time, I'm astounded by quite how many people I know because of you, directly or indirectly!
intertext
May. 22nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
It's great to know you and I'm happy that we had a chance to meet in RL - may we do so again! Congratulations on your achievements in your 6 years, and happy LJ-birthday :)
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's been a pleasure knowing you as well.
haggisthesecond
May. 22nd, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
wow, I was really your first LJ-friend? how cool! I'm so glad we're friends.
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, you were! I'm glad we are too.
aquitaineq
May. 22nd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
a_d_medievalist
May. 23rd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
happy bloggiversary!
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
marzapane
May. 23rd, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
happy LJversary! I think you were the first person I personally knew with a blog. You have always been the internet pioneer of the family. That is a long time to maintain a blog!
owlfish
May. 23rd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Technically, you know and knew littleowl, but that doesn't mean you were aware she had a blog back then.
marzapane
May. 23rd, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
good point, but yes, I didn't know she had blog
justinsomnia
May. 25th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Awesome! And I'm getting excited about July, when we'll finally get to hang out ;-)
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