liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
Some people are complaining that DW is dead and everybody's moved to Tumblr where you can't have decent conversations, but I'm personally really not seeing it. I mean, lots of people posted extra in December if not actually daily, and then there was loads of fannish activity around Yuletide, and recently people are looking back over 2014 and forward to the new year. And dozens of you had interesting things to say not only in response to my thinky post about compliments, but even to my random, hi I went to church post. And I keep meeting interesting new people just about all the time.

Anyway, my very dear friend [personal profile] withagreatlove has picked, I think, a great time to come back to DW, being fed up with being the product sold to advertisers elsewhere. If you know me well you might be able to figure out who she is based on whom I talk about, but anyway, she's come to DW because she wants to be able to have conversations in a relatively safe, private context. Which makes it hard to say much to convince you that she's someone interesting to know, but I can definitely tell you that she's an excellent writer and has an original perspective on a great many topics.

She's also looking for photo hosting. Requirements are: free-as-in-beer, has reliable privacy settings, and isn't looking to sell her photos. Also somewhat more user-friendly than DW's half-written photo hosting where you have to email posts to your journal and then manage them from a page that isn't linked from anywhere. Any recs, anyone?
liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
[personal profile] jjhunter made a Friending meme. I sort of participated, but I also got very busy around the time it went up, so I've not quite kept up with who's added me or really followed up at all.

admin notes )

Anyway. Belated greetings to the new people I found via the friending meme, or who otherwise started reading recently. Please feel free to ask me any questions you feel curious about, my obscure interests or something you'd like to know more about about my opinions or my life (as long as it isn't personally identifying or likely to involve other people's privacy). Or indeed, just questions that you've often found elicit interesting answers from people you've recently met; I somewhat collect those. People who already know me are more than welcome to ask questions too, or perhaps suggest topics you'd like me to post about!

When I was in college I did some summer volunteering helping to run a programme for disadvantaged kids. The volunteers had a couple of days of training before the kids arrived, and one of the things we did was a get-to-know-you exercise that was somewhat right-on, but has stuck with me. We had big pieces of paper and we had 30 seconds to write down which identity categories we felt strongly connected to. So if you would like to, please do play this game in comments here, 30 seconds to write down who you are!

Sociable

May. 23rd, 2007 10:28 pm
liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
The last few days have been a manic social whirl.

finally catching up )

Because of all this, I managed to miss both [livejournal.com profile] darcydodo's birthday, and my fourth LJ-versary. So belated happy birthday to Darcy, and I may do the retrospective of four years on LJ a few days late.

Finally, a very warm welcome to the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] hobbitz, a dear friend from Oxford whom I've been trying to tempt onto LJ for years. Her journal is friends only and she only wants to friend people who actually know her. But I'm so very happy that she's finally here.

Now I fall over. Splat.

Greetings

Oct. 24th, 2006 09:21 pm
liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
With some trepidation, I made a long post about abortion. I was slightly expecting that people would yell at me for diverging from everything that is Right and Good, and probably defriend me for my horrible opinions. In fact, the opposite occurred. Lots of people said very sensible things and even more were complimentary! It was linked fairly widely, and far from losing friends, I actually gained several new readers on the basis of that post.

So, welcome to you all. I'm afraid not all my posts are carefully thought out essays like that. If you want to stick around, great, you're very welcome. And if you don't, no hard feelings. I welcome comments; I don't always get around to replying to them quickly. I don't automatically add everyone who friends me, but I do read everyone I have on my friends list. If I don't friend you back it'snothing personal, just the perennial problem of having too much to read and not enough time. There's very little that I friends lock anyway, so you won't miss much.

Not only is every day drama-free defriending day here, every day is also commenting on old posts amnesty day. I get notifications of old comments and I sometimes bring a discussion back to the top if it gets really interesting. I do recommend people go back and read the comments on the abortion post that inspired this, even if LJ has annoyingly collapsed threads and let the post fall off friends pages.

Anyway, it occurred to me I should probably introduce myself. So I'll do the talking about my journal meme, which I have done in the past but years ago. all the details )

What else? I'm very proud of the diversity of my friends list, not just geographical but in terms of age, background, opinion and so on. If you're new here you're welcome to introduce yourself, or to keep quiet and just lurk if you prefer. Oh, and if you have a topic you'd like me to write a proper thoughtful essay about, you're welcome to suggest. I will take you up if the topic grabs my attention. And that goes for people I already know as well as the newbies.
liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
Not new to LJ, and not really new to me either, but I've only just connected up the real people with their LJs: [livejournal.com profile] lavendersparkle and [livejournal.com profile] tzotze. *waves madly*

[livejournal.com profile] lavendersparkle is someone I met through the Cambridge Jewish community last year and know just about well enough to want to get to know her better. And I was introducing [livejournal.com profile] hatam_soferet to her when I was visiting Cambridge a couple of weeks ago and it turned out that Lavendersparkle had heard of Hatam_Soferet via LJ and [livejournal.com profile] neonchameleon. (I mentioned this as an edit to my post about that trip, but then I realized that's a silly way to make an announcement as not many people will see it.)

[livejournal.com profile] tzotze, on the other hand, I was friends with years ago and had lost touch with her. So I'm very excited that she's now here on LJ. Since her journal is friends only and partly anonymized I won't explain how I know her, but she is using her real (and rather unusual) name as her LJ handle so if you know her you'll be able to work out that you know her, IYSWIM. Which of course is how I worked out who she was when I was browsing friends of friends.

Welcome!

Apr. 12th, 2006 12:23 pm
liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] brenna26 has decided to start posting in her journal. Yay. Everyone should go and be friendly to her, cos she's a very cool person. Plus, her introductory post contains some interesting thoughts about feminism which you might enjoy.

Conversely, [livejournal.com profile] brenna26, let me introduce you to some of my friends. You know [livejournal.com profile] darcydodo, though she's not online very much recently. And I think you've met [livejournal.com profile] lethargic_man (we were going out when I was in Dundee, and I think he came to visit a few times). I think you'll get on with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat and [livejournal.com profile] shreena, and I generally like introducing everybody to [livejournal.com profile] blackherring, [livejournal.com profile] pseudomonas, [livejournal.com profile] compilerbitch and [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel (the last probably has the most interesting journal in terms of just reading stuff if you don't actually know the person). And I shall shut up before I overwhelm you, but yay, lots of cool people.

I am supposed to be helping organize things for the start of Passover this evening, so I'm not really online just now *cough*.
liv: A woman with a long plait drinks a cup of tea (teapot)
Look, another cool person has succumbed. And note I'm resisting the temptation to continue the theme of my earlier post by calling him a new bug.

New bod

Jun. 17th, 2003 09:26 am
liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
Oh look chaps, there's a new bod in the Remove. Who's game to go and rag him?

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