So I started my journal exactly two years ago today. Since then
I have posted 343 entries, making a total of 157,073 words. (For comparison, my entire PhD thesis is somewhat under 40,000 words!) My most overused word is anyway
with 202 instances.
I have received 3,307 comments, 300 of them from rysmiel
. The comments add up to 316,905 words. 138 different LJ users have commented at least once, and 86 of those more than once. (None of these stats include this current post!)
Exactly one hundred people at least theoretically watch my journal. I get about 1000 hits a month for the files on my server that are called when people look at my journal. I don't bug individual posts so I don't know how many people are reading on their friends pages only. Rather annoyingly, the Portland stats counter is partly broken so I can't actually tell how many of these hits are from me, how many from automated web-spiders and how many from real people.
I have reviewed 69 books
. I have also read, but not got round to reviewing, a further 15 books
. So not quite 50 books a year, but not too far off that.
An automated psychological analysis toy concludes from my journal that my most frequent emotional states relate to affection
(more affectionate than 70% of LJers) and glory
(more admiring than 61%). My most frequent self-reported moods are content
(11) and thoughtful
(11). Well, I guess that justifies listing being easily pleased
as an interest!
Part of the process of collecting these stats, particularly the word counts, involved making my entire journal into a single XML file, with help from a wonderful tool called LJArchive
as well as exor674
's programming skills. I suspect there are other things I could probably do with this file now I've got it, if I knew what I was doing.
So all these words, and all the time I've spent on LJ (perhaps luckily, there is no automatic way of measuring how many hours this site has absorbed!) have done me more good than the statistics can ever reveal. I've made really good friends on LJ, and met several people who are on the way to being friends. And it's let me stay involved in the lives of people who are very important to me in ways that would have been completely impossible without LJ. It's let me get to know people who would otherwise have stayed casual acquaintances, and keep in touch with far more people from various stages of my life than I'd ever have managed by email. I've learnt a whole lot about all kinds of topics, and it's been a source of instant entertainment when I'm bored, and instant comfort when I'm down. Plus, it was a major, major factor in preserving my sanity while I was writing up. Much love and gratitude to all you guys.
Conclusion: I love LJ more than I could ever have imagined. I'm extremely grateful to darcydodo
who talked me into getting an account. In fact, while we're on the subject of anniversaries and darcydodo
, today is also her 25th
birthday, so many happy returns
to her!Today is the 28th day, making four complete weeks of the Omer.
|Date:||May 22nd, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)|
2 hours after journal entry, 01:38 pm (livredor's time)
Thank you! I was trying to think of a portmanteau word between anniversary
and LJ and wasn't coming up with anything.
You're totally instrumental in my LJ experience, as you know
*bounce* I just adore how good LJ is at connecting people; 10 times better than any specialist alumni or networking website I've ever used!
Also, those are some impressively nerdy stats. :-)
I'm not sure if I should be flattered or insulted...
I'm thinking of getting more into Tindersticks, I have the first album, which other ones would you recommend?
I have Tindersticks I, Tindersticks II and a weird compilation called Donkeys. Tindersticks II has Tiny Tears
which is my absolute favourite Tindersticks song and one of my favourite songs ever. It's generally a good album if you like Tindersticks; much along the same lines as Tindersticks I, really. Some of the tracks on it are kind of depressing, though, I should warn you. OK, if you like Tindersticks you're probably not looking for happy-joy-bounce type music anyway, but I'm talking really
I don't think there actually is much more in the way of albums; the soundtrack to a film, Nénette et Boni
, which I don't know anything about. They have actually done some stuff recently; I've heard rumours of an album released this year, but I really don't know any of their recent stuff at all. I should go looking for it. You should ask doseybat
; she's the one who introduced me to Tindersticks in the first place and probably knows more than I do.
They do have a bit of tendency to release several versions of the same tracks, so you can get all excited about a new Tindersticks album and find it has a lot of rereleases. The rereleases are kind of interesting, they do actually change the orchestration and stuff, but there's a lot of overlap between the albums nonetheless.
|Date:||May 25th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)|
3 days after journal entry, 12:42 pm (livredor's time)
Congrats. And here's to the next two, and plenty after that. :)
it's the first online forum I've been really involved in that doesn't have a natural end to its lifespan
I think this is probably true, but with some caveats. I'm extremely unlikely to get bored with LJ, and I don't think most of my friends will either, because once you're established here it's hard to leave! And even if a few did start using other systems or stop blogging altogether it would take a huge exodus to tip the balance. So all these things are true of LJ and not true of something like a discussion list, MUD, bulletin board, IRC channel etc, which do tend to have more of a lifespan.
But, what if the spammers start winning the arms race and LJ becomes effectively unusable if you're not prepared to spend several hours each day clearing out spam? Moveable Type is getting to that point; I'm seeing a lot of people in the wider blogosphere turning off commenting (which means you're just left with vanity publishing, no real discussion or social interaction), or stopping blogging altogether. Or what if LJ moves away from its commitment to usability and starts adding more and more features that only work in the latest version of IE on a brand-new machine? How bad would it have to get before a critical mass of people get pissed off?
I think my worst worry is that it might get to the point where there's no business that sees LJ as a worthwhile investment, so the site simply closes, no matter how many people want it to continue. Or it changes its nature so much in order to keep up with the market that it's no longer LJ? Or of course, in a less doomy scenario, some new technology may come along that's so vastly better that LJ becomes obsolete. I guess the conclusion is that nothing is eternal, especially not online.