October 24th, 2006



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. Collapse )

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.
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