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Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in Discussion group for panel #126 at Arisia 2006's LiveJournal:

Monday, January 23rd, 2006
1:27 pm
The Mystery Solved?
This is almost amusing. It turns out that my posts aren't appearing on the Friends pages of the people on my flist - none of them. Even here on this community, for example - I made two posts today, and they aren't visible on the Friends page here.

So it turns out that I'm really invisible after all. Ah, sweet irony.

Update 6:17 PM: I am an idiot. Turns out I screwed things up by backdating all my entries (which happened before Arisia). I just fixed the problem, and comments have started flowing in at the usual rate. So the entire issue was due to my own incredible stupidity.

For the record:

I was stupid...I was stupid...I was stupid. You may mock me, if you wish.

Current Mood: amused
9:06 am
To pimp, or not to pimp...
I read theferret's post about how to get popular on LiveJournal, and I've been agonizing (mildly) over it ever since. The problem is that it's really hard not to feel as if I'm whoring myself out - and once that thought has crossed my mind, it does something to my ability to write. Something bad.

It becomes almost impossible to post, because every time I start to write I feel as if I'm putting on a red dress and getting ready to cruise the low-rent district.

That doesn't work for me. So now the question is, is it necessary to choose between integrity and feedback? That's the issue I'm struggling with now.

Does anyone else feel that way?
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
9:31 am
Polls on LJ usage
Hello, all. I wasn't able to attend the panel (conflict with one of my own), but I am writing a paper on Livejournal and blogging. I posted two polls about LJ usage a few days ago and neglected to post them here as well. Please take a few minutes and contribute to the survey.

LJ Reading Poll

LJ Writing Poll

Feel free to propagate this today (Saturday, 1/21), but I'll be writing that section of the paper by tomorrow evening, so data collected after that will be for posterity only.

Many thanks.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
5:01 pm
how to get lots of comments
At the panel, I mentioned that theferrett had a good post about how to get lots of comments on LJ. Here it is:
The Compleat Guide To LiveJournal Stardom And Fame, Part II
"And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be the Comment King!
Sunday, January 15th, 2006
5:13 pm
Should have said...
Here's the comment that I made immediately after that panel ended that I should have made during the panel:

"Do you realize that we've each been talking in pretty direct proportion to our popularity on LJ?"

That has uncomfortable implications for me.

Still, a good panel, all. I enjoyed it. And I'll be happy to continue the discussion here, if you like.

Current Mood: cold
Monday, January 9th, 2006
3:24 pm
Inviting commentary and connection?
Here's a question that I see asked a lot: What types of entries inspire comments?

Relatedly, what advice would you give to someone who wants more people to read his or her LJ?

Current Mood: curious
10:16 am
Examples of Community
So...then...how would you characterize this community, in terms of the panel? Open question.
Friday, January 6th, 2006
11:32 pm
What it all comes down to
I love being able to use LJ as a clearinghouse for information. The New York communities were great for getting the latest info during the transit strike. Right now I'm posting updates on a friend who's in the hospital; as I get info from his wife, I write it up for all his friends to see so that she doesn't have to contact each person individually. It really is all about community.

Current Mood: thoughtful
5:11 pm
A couple of issues
Actually, more a couple of problems and a "heads up." I'm having problems getting my communtiy links to display properly. It's a bit embarrassing as I'm a maintainer of one, and an HTML jockey at work (among other things). I guess I'm having one of thosedays. Also, this group isn't showing up on my Friends page, even though I'm listed as a member and I'm able to post. I can access it through my Profiles page, but it's a bit of a pain.

The heads up is that I'll be offline from around 6pm EST until Monday morning. As I mentioned in my e-mail, my LJ connection is my work computer, and I don't have a computer at home right now. I'm working to remedy that situation, but that won't happen this weekend. My mother(!) just got broadband, so I may find an excuse to go to her house and briefly check LJ, but I'm not making any promises. It's more likely that I won't be online again until Monday.

Have a good weekend.

Current Mood: rushed
10:31 am
Getting started
More questions:

Which communities do you find yourself most actively participating in? What makes them compelling?

Are you part of any online groups that have regular offline meetings? How do the two intersect?

Describe someone you met on LJ who's become a close friend, and how your online and offline communication developed.

Describe some unusual, creative way you use LJ or have seen it used.

What questions do you think audience members might have? What do you think we might be able to tell them that they hadn't known about before?

Talk about anything else you think is relevant!

(My own answers will appear in the comments.)

Oh, and please use photographic userpics if you have them, so that we can all recognize one another when we get to the room. *grin*

Current Mood: cheerful
10:04 am
Thursday, January 5th, 2006
7:00 pm
What the heck...
Might as well repost my email, I guess.

Hi, I'm Peter Maranci.

My primary use for LJ is as a place to bitch about having the fewest friends of anybody on LJ. :D

Seriously, I DO whine more than I should. But I've been working through the whole concept of popularity on LJ. In a sense, I view the LJ friend mechanism as an electronic version of high school. Who's friends with who? Did you friend me back? Are you making enough comments? Am I commenting enough on you? What did she say about him? Was that a secret? Should I make my journal friends-only? This is a private club!

The scary thing is that LJ can instantly put your brain back into high school mode, even if you (like me) have been out of high school for more than twenty years. It's kind of like moving back with your parents after college; suddenly you're a child again.

It sucks.

The trick, I think, is to either A) become massively popular on LJ, or B) find a way not to care. If you chose A), then it helps to be an attractive woman with exhibitionistic tendencies. If you chose B), I recommend Prozac and meditation.

Okay, I'll be serious. I use LJ to keep up with my friends - it's necessary, since I lost touch with them after marrying and moving - and as a place for political rants, notes about my little boy (I hope he'll read them some day), and my fiction - genre and non-.

I keep up with a few communities, but they're not at the top of my to-read list.

As for LJ and offline life, I've found that the people who comment most on my journal (and vice-versa) are the people that I met first in real life. I've run into a few people on LJ first, and expect to meet a few of them offline for the first time at the con, but the truth is that there's something missing from a purely electronic relationship...something difficult to define. Maybe that's something we can talk about.
6:56 pm
Glad to be here. I think I'm probably the least-qualified person on the panel, but so be it. Perhaps I'll be able to serve as comic relief.

Would it be helpful to post a copy of my email self-intro and response to rosefox here? Or would that be redundant?

Current Mood: cheerful
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