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Everyday In every way/The universe will make you pay—Boober Fraggle, “The Terrible Tunnel”

Every time I hafta go to my livejournal homepage for something, I am confronted by the cheery admonishment that “You’ve only made 3 friends.”  (does it still say only if you hit 100? 20?  Note to J: This is why I am not on Facebook.)

This is mostly because I’d finally learned to use a feed reader about six seconds before creating this account (1), and so didn’t need that feature to know when people I liked to read had posted something and the whole friending thing scared me and pretty much still does.

(I thought it might get better, but I get all tied up in knots just leaving comments on other people’s pages, it zings right back to jr high and wanting to say just the right thing so maybe they’ll like you back and oh, my God, no.)

I was lucky enough to be friended by a few souls braver than I am, and happily friended them back, and it was a pretty nice feeling and so maybe I should try and remember that and go friend someone myself, but that’s not the point of this post.


The point of this post is that I got all excited when I saw someone had added me tonight and I went right over to their journal to learn more and all that’s there is story about how You! Too! Can! Make! Millions! Working! From! Home!

Let’s recap: I have turned 39.  I have been laid off. I have been spam-friended. 

And there are still thirteen days left in May.

(Joke’s on them…if they’re looking for some kind of traffic, my lj homepage will be happy to point out that they ain’t likely to get it from here.)


(1) A year ago…practically literally!  I went and looked and My “welcome to lj” message was dated 5/17/08)


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 19th, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
more love out there than might be evident
(I should post that subject line as a reminder to myself.)

Anyway, ya gotta remember that you have non-LJ readers who faithfully read each time you update (and then don't comment but tell your spouse what they thought because they're bad that way.) And that reading won't show up in page hits and the link won't drive up your LJ friend number because I'm not on LJ. But the connection still totally counts! ;)
May. 19th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: more love out there than might be evident
Thanks, K--don't worry, I am totally aware and appreciative of those connections! (and about to be late for work, or I'd say more...)
May. 19th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
oh, oops
That was from Krista. Who is not a spambot. Yet.
May. 20th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Re: oh, oops
I totally knew it was you :)

It's not really about the numbers--my sneaky feed reading ways means I don't show up in anybody else's hits, either (a stat I don't even know how to check.) There was just something about discovering your new admirer is a Google Money Tree promo that felt particularly like a "Lucy and the football" moment.
May. 21st, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I set up a LJ account at one point to comment on some Star Trek stuff, and so I'm tickled to be on your "flist", but generally this whole friend/follower (blogger's term) stuff makes me jittery. Every once in a while someone signs up to "follow" my blog and I wonder why, and every once in a while someone drops out, and I REALLY wonder why then and spend a lot of time feeling knocked sideways by rejection.

I swear, I try and look at the whole thing as an exercise in loving myself and doing my work even if I'm still as frightened as I was in high school, which, I have to say, I almost am!
But Facebook was altogether too much--gave me nightmares and I dropped it.

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