How did you come to start your LJ?
I heard about LiveJournal from some friends over at the All Things Philosophical on BtVS/AtS board. As someone who has been keeping a private journal since I was 15, the idea of LJ initially struck me as the most exhibitionist thing I'd ever heard of. Who would keep their journal on line? I had to adjust my idea of what "keeping a journal" meant, since obviously most people I know don't do the sort of self-involved navel-gazing I did in that paper journal.
I went over and read the LJ entries of ATPoers like rahael and scrollgirl, and saw what it was all about. Scroll gave me a code to get my own LJ.
How did you find your first friends?
Over time, quite a few ATPoers trickled over to Live Journal. It was a place where you didn't have to feel guilty for posting long posts on whatever topics tickled your fancy. Not that people every felt guilty about that on ATPo, although there was some pressure to "stay on topic" about the Buffyverse.
What it gave ATPoers was a chance to get more personal, and get to know each other.
Are those first friends still on your FL?
Quite a few, although many have drifted off, sadly.
How long have you been on LJ?
Ten years in April. Ten. Years. (!!!)
Do you have more friends or communities on your FL?
Friends. My flist is my community, and I've never really taken to LJ "communities," although I'll follow a few for fandoms and interests I have.
Do you do a lot of friends cuts?
Almost never. I filter people I'm no longer interacting actively with, and have occasionally cut someone who cut me if there was no real connection there to begin with.
What do you like in an LJ friend?
Someone who talks about their life and who responds to me talking about my life. ;)
What do you dislike in an LJ friend?
Politics, excessive criticism of things, excessive emo TMI.
What would make you un-friend someone immediately?
Creepy behavior (or opinions) that makes me feel unsafe.
Have you been caught up in a lot of LJ drama?
Back in the Buffy days, it was almost inevitable. It usually centered around miscommunication of meaning and intent due to the lack of nonverbal cues that is part and parcel of communicating online. Feathers were ruffled, explanations were given, things sorted themselves out (most of the time).
Do you also have Facebook and if so, what do you prefer – LJ or FB?
I do have a Facebook. My ATPo friends are there, as well as family and RL friends. The one-or-two-liner posts I used to make on LJ now get posted to Facebook, which makes me post on LJ less often.
What about Twitter?
I have a Twitter account, but I find Twitter difficult to use. There are not enough characters-per-tweet to get out a decent thought, and most of the people who are following me on Twitter are writers who somehow think marketing their books to other writers is going sell more books.
I want to find a way to reach for science fiction readers on Twitter, I just need to get off my duff and do it. That would involve visiting the Twitter site more often, I suppose.
Do you blog on any other sites?
I cross-post to Dreamwidth and my personal Wordpress blog. Sometimes the Wordpress blog gets a more polished version of my posts, and sometimes the Wordpress blog doesn't get a post I made here at all (if it's something between me and my friends--like this post, for example).
How often do you check in on LJ?
A few times a day.
What do you rarely or never post about?
Politics. My love life. TMI.
Why don't you post about that?
I don't enjoy reading it, so I don't suppose other people are going to enjoy reading it.
Have you ever thought about deleting your journal?
Perish the thought! I obsessively back it up, for posterity. ;)
Have you ever changed your username?
No, it's my only claim to fame (lol).
Why did you choose your current username?
This goes back to the ancient womb of time, when I first started posting on the Bronze Posting Board. I was new to internet boards, and fascinated by people "hiding" behind online names. Or I assumed they were hiding. It was like a masquerade ball. So I decided my handle would be "Masquerade." It was either that or "Generic Online Pseudonym". "Masquerade" was shorter.
"the Philosopher" is well, what I am best known for online.
If you're looking for new friends, how do you find them?
Friends of friends, usually. People who spontaneously friend me. And I did do that Merlin friending meme recently.
Are you taking new people on to your Friends List just now?
Finally, tell us the reasons why you keep an online journal.
Most of my good friends don't live near me. ;)