sometimes I come across an image here and think “that image and I go way back. that image used to by my livejournal icon.”
You and me both, bb. Sometimes I see familiar ages and wonder, “Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah, that was so and so’s lj icon for years.”
“…we get along in a way that doesn’t often happen because she is so easy to be with. we don’t have as much time together as we should. but know that even though i don’t see julia often, she is always supportive of me and i always feel, when i see her, caught up on her life. not because i read what she says on livejournal all the time, but because she is an attentive listener and a fun and spontaneous person. she makes me feel relaxed because she will often just look at me and say “awkward!” and then we all laugh. julia’s entries, when she does post, are an achievement that is not usually accomplished on livejournal at all. they are entirely honest. they are not pretentious. they do not imply that people are being left out or things are being glossed over. she doesn’t allude to secrets that are too much to write about. she posts pictures of her smiling face. she talks about her dreams for the future. she writes excited entries about films and bands and friends of hers. she links back to things she had written years ago. she posts pictures of her younger self, long hair and big sunglasses, so that we can all laugh at our old selves. she staunchly refuses to become jaded about the medium. she counts me, us, as one of the many benefits of having a blog that outweigh all the negative aspects.”
- iris, writing about our internet friendship. i can’t believe she wrote this six years ago, and how true it still holds - even if the mediums we communicate on have evolved and changed since.
posting this publicly, here, for posterity’s sake, and to remind myself how lucky i am to know someone like iris who profoundly understands so much about who i am, and challenges me on the things i need to be challenged on.
sometimes i find it kind of surreal to have followed a stranger’s art evolution - from their teen simple pencil doodles shared on livejournal, to slick and professional magazine illustrations with fancy inkwashes and textures and all that jazz…
oh god YES YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
I miss the community of Livejournal. I miss spilling my guts and having a safety net and posting silly self portraits and whining about my love life and feeling inspired ALL THE FUCKING TIME because there was this amazing group of girls and boys and we just fed off each other.
:`( Livejournal I love you forever and ever and ever.
as if i could love meggy wang any more than i already did. click the link and read. (i’m going to properly respond when i’m not at work.)
[description: tattooed person sitting in a house with a bunch of knicknacks on the wall, nun figurine, sailing ship]
I used to follow this person (or maybe one of their friends?) on lj. Are they on tumblr now? I’d love to know BUT OF COURSE THIS WHOLE TUMBLR POSTS SHIT UNCREDITED F YOUUUUU
I followed her on lj, too. I wish she were on here. I loved her posts, photos, ink, and she made handmade shoes that were incredible.
she was amazing! she hasn’t posted since 2009, i miss her too. i want to post more of her photos but don’t know where i should credit them too. kendall kegaul if you’re reading this we miss you.
“LiveJournal gave me so much… Tumblr gave me pictures of cats and flowers.” — aprilmarches in an earlier gchat conversation re: how we both wish LJ could be as dynamic as it was back in the early 2000’s.
(by Ilya Smirnov)
I miss livejournal
I’m still on lj, and I still use lj, but I’ll look through it and find these amazing communities that haven’t been updated in ages and wonder what happened.
I mean, I know what happened.
Nostalgic would be my update status.
i totally agree. there are other great websites and ways to connect with people but i felt like there was so much more discussion going on in communities even a year or two ago that now i find hard to replace.
also, i am working on a post for thriftwhore i was meaning to post today, and realized it probably doesn’t even matter anyway. the last two times i’ve posted there i’ve noticed most of my favourite people are gone anway, there are fewer comments, and the comments that do get posted aren’t really all that insightful or helpful. i’ve noticed the same with fashion communities, film communities, vintage communities; places where i learned SO much!
the nine best things i wrote in 2009
favourite things i’ve written this year:
1. the unspeakable “racism”
2. stupid t-strap shoes
3. ruminations on rummaging
4. desiring what i desire
5. let them wander, let them go
6. the ghost of an old lover, not even worth writing about
7. glamous revolution? i think not
8. of audrey hepburn complexes and (im)perfection
9. thoughts on lady gaga
a lot of them (maybe half?) are friends locked on my livejournal but i’ll add you if you ask, pretty much. operation “give myself more credit” 2010 begins now!