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I guess this journal is the leg they had to cut off when was I shot at Antietam. (What is with my random Civil War references? Jeez.) Instead of burning it, which would be sane and sanitary I keep coming back here and trying to strap it back on. It doesn't quite fit anymore either. Dang it. But I miss it. *hobbles around*

I kind of fell out of fandom when I was planning my wedding in 2004 and even more so when I started grad school in 2005. I started posting regularly at [ profile] imaginarycircus. I think some people never got the message that I was posting over there for the last two years. I was. It was kind of spotty and boring at best. Lots of wibbling about homework and writing.

So now I have two journals (three including [ profile] steelcage_match, and there is a new match. Analog vs. Digital!)

I never really saw the point (for me!!) of having a rl journal and a fandom journal, and somehow that it what I accidentally ended up with. I certainly blathered on in [ profile] ari_o about personal stuff, real life stuff. I guess I just didn't see that much of a division between my fandom identity and my real life identity. Now I sort of do because I don't really have a fandom identity anymore. All the recent posts about Phoenix Rising made me so angsty and full of longing. I wish I could have gone. But I was busy freezing my ass off and wearing itchy graduation robes. There was a lot of champagne afterwards so it isn't like I suffered.

I started [ profile] imaginarycircus because I felt like I was changing so much I needed a new journal. I also thought it would be nice to have a journal I could share with family and friends. The things is I was never able to leave the anon posting option open because of trolls. And last summer's upset kind of killed any urge I had to interact with people online at all until a few months ago when I started creeping back. I'm like a freakin slime mold.

I can't figure out what to do with these two journals now. I am not willing to let go of either of them. I wish I could smush them together into one thing. But maybe that wouldn't be a good idea. Many RL people have the [ profile] imaginarycircus journal link and it is probably a good idea to have a journal I can bitch about stuff in that is at least somewhat removed. Maybe? I guess there is nothing wrong with filters and flock.

Anyone have any advice on what to do with multiple journals? Is it annoying if I post in two journals? Is it annoying only if I post exactly the same thing?

Date: 2007-05-29 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How many journals, what to post, that's all up to you. For my own 2 cents worth, I usually only get frustrated when it's the same thing showing up on my f-list twice. But if that's what you want to do, I'm a grown-up and can deal. ;-)

Date: 2007-05-29 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, I kind of hate the idea of posting the same thing twice. I am hoping to get back to fandom while it still exists. I guess it will last as long as it lasts. But I think it will be weird after the books are done. Then of course there are new fandoms.

You are always so awesome.

Date: 2007-05-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
♥ as are you.

I feel so out of fandom, myself -- not just HP -- and haven't been able to figure out how to get back in.

Date: 2007-05-29 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Actually it is a trick with mirrors. I'm made of crispy salmon skins and rubber bands.

Date: 2007-05-29 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I think some people never got the message that I was posting over there for the last two years.

I figured it was you at some point but I sort of thought you wanted to keep fandom and RL seperate and wasn't sure exactly how I fit in on that spectrum. Er ... that sounds so lame and awkward but I really wasn't sure. LOL

I once had a seperate LJ for Rl stuff but gave it up because it's a pain in the butt to keep things seperate. Sometimes it's hard because there are now RL people (who don't really know the extent of my fandom activities and I'd like to keep it that way) on my friends list and because my journal is (mostly) friends only I've had to friend them back. I finally created a Fandom Only filter but half the time I forget about filters and just blather on about anything anyway. I guess my RL friends don't think any less of me (that I know of) because none of them have ever said anything to me about my obsessions. Thank God. Heh.

Date: 2007-05-29 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I'm so flummoxed as to what to do -- partly because I am going through another huge life transition here! WHO AM I? WHERE DO I POST? GACK!

Oh, gosh. Anyone who read ari_o could have come over to imaginarycircus with me. I just didn't want to bore people who were not interested in my RL!

Date: 2007-05-29 09:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Alas, I have no advice, really. Um -- do what you feel most comfortable with? Er. Yes, I realize the problem (sounds like anyway) is that you're not sure what you're most comfortable with at the moment. Hopefully in time that will be an easier choice to make.

Oooh, okies. See, I am/was interested in RL things but I find sometimes it's difficult. Not with you, perse, just with LJ in general. Some people have this very strict thing about keeping RL seperate from fandom and I wasn't sure if you were one of those folks. But I'd love to friend you over there - I like reading about people's lives and what they're up to and such. :)

Date: 2007-05-29 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, exactly. Time will tell.

Silly come on over! :D

Date: 2007-05-29 09:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I just did. Wee. :D

Date: 2007-05-29 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, imaginari_ocircus is too long for a username, so you can't really smush them together. :(

You could use one for posting quiz results, like I do!

...the other one please. ^_^

Date: 2007-05-29 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahahahaha. I almost never take online quizzes. And if I do I don't post the results. :)

Date: 2007-05-29 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But you could.

I never followed you around to the other journal because I felt like I just don't belong into your RL. Plus, I wasn't sure how much I'm bound into the upset you tried to get away from last summer, with all my journalfen involvement and stuff. :|

Anyway, I missed you.

Date: 2007-05-29 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't associate you with the journalfen stuff at all. I don't mind the f_w stuff even when it has been about stuff I've been involved with. The other thing. Eh. I ended up being the lightning rod. I should look before I leap.

Date: 2007-05-29 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh good! I wasn't sure. As in, I know you're cool with FW, but that one thing was awful and sometimes it's enough to just attend the party where AAAAAARGH-worthy stuff happens to make someone go AAAAAARGH on sight later. If you know what I mean.

Err. Yeah. Sometimes I fret. The central message anyway was that bit about missing you. :)

Date: 2007-05-29 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, I've had four LJs in the last five years, so... this one literally replaced the other three; I deleted and kept it. I have a vox, which I'm trying to use as an actual topic-oriented blog. And an account at MySpace, which I hate, because it's how my high school friends have been re-connecting post reunion. (And it works better for Nicole, being in Denmark, than the other sites.)

The one thing I've found important is to consider first what you want for your space, then what your audience will be interested in, and then marry the two in a way that works for you.

Date: 2007-05-30 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
" The one thing I've found important is to consider first what you want for your space, then what your audience will be interested in, and then marry the two in a way that works for you."

That is so different from my approach. I just post when I need to clear my head, or when I am excited. Or if I have a question. :)

Date: 2007-05-29 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You do whatever you want. I'll be around! (although double posting of same content is a little on the irksome side, I guess)

Date: 2007-05-30 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hate the idea of double posting. I also hate self censoring. I will not be double posting.

I'll figure it out. I'm just impatient.

Date: 2007-05-29 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had two for a while, but it got to be too much work, and also I just wasn't as into the fandom thing anymore. I kept it and used it for commenting on other people's fic...and then I stopped reading them, and I really wanted to just have the RL journal.

I do stil have the greatestjournal but since it's mainly for original fic, I haven't posted there in forever..

Date: 2007-05-30 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That makes sense. I may use one for RL stuff and one for everything else, and things I wouldn't want to say in front of my mother in law.

Date: 2007-05-30 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If I were going to open up my LJ to, you know, my whole family and what have you? Yeah, I'd have a second one.

Date: 2007-05-30 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I sent out a link like 2 years ago and I don't think any of them read it. I know one or two RL friends who read but I am not worried about any of them.

Date: 2007-05-30 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes, friends I've actually given the link to? They don't read. HEE.

My head hurts, I'm going to bed. :*

Date: 2007-05-30 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, you flock all the interesting stuff. If one of them happened by and it not on your flist it would look like you never post, right?

Date: 2007-05-30 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have two. I have [ profile] peacockharpy, of course, which is my general life and obsession journal -- fandom, fanfic, gardening, writing, history, whatever I'm obsessing about.

Then I have one that's specifically about my daughter, for my family. It's, er, rather languishing at the moment. I used it to post scads of pictures when she was little, because I didn't want to spam LJ with my "seeeee my pressshush CHILD" posts, but that's what the grammas want. Also, I didn't particularly want my immediate family to find my LJ, mostly because I have a wide-ranging friendslist and I don't want to explain it... ;)

Date: 2007-05-30 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
See that makes sense. Those divisions are unlikely to change. I felt like I needed a new journal when I was drifting from fandom and into grad school. But the whole time I have missed my old journal. Mer. I don't know how to reconcile this.

I guess I'll just wait and see how I feel.

Date: 2007-05-30 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hah, we'll all probably end up migrating somewhere else due to the newest kerfuffle anyway... ;) We're likely to all pull back toward fandom for Book 7, at any rate, so keeping [ profile] ari_o would give you a familiar place to have fun with it.

Actually, I sometimes wonder if I should start a nonfandom journal using my real name, as I focus on original writing. (I even tried it once; it didn't get too far.) I realized there'd be time enough for that if I actually sold something.

Date: 2007-05-30 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is partially why I started [ profile] imaginarycircus because as I publish more (uh, I hope!) I wanted to have a journal that would not terrify strangers.
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