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Who's reading? [Oct. 2nd, 2007|09:49 pm]
dalekboy
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At Conflux I was chatting with a mate and something got brought up to which I said 'I don't know if you saw my Livejournal post on such-and-such,' and she replied, 'I read everything you write.'

It kind of surprised me, mainly because I figure people have better things to do than read my LJ. Okay, I know I have a couple of hundred readers, but still my expectation is that they'll dip in from time to time, rather than read me regularly. Sure, there are people with whom I try to make sure I read all their posts, but I don't expect others to do the same with mine.

But when I stopped to think about it, I remembered a few comments from various people. A couple of folks who, on discovering this journal, went right back to the beginning and read through the whole thing. The people who commented on how they regularly go back and check to make sure they haven't missed posts. So, even if my friend was not quite that zealous, some people would appear to be.

So, this is a question for that small group of you that go to the extra effort to read most, if not all, of what I write on here. See answering it as a way to say thanks.

Why? Why read so much of what I'm carrying on about?

I have a fair few anonymous readers, people who don't have LJ's, or at least don't use them to comment. So what draws you here? I mean for many folks, we're friends, but that doesn't require you to read every bloody thing I write! For some, we've barely or never met. So what is it that keeps you coming back? Especially for periods like the last year where, let's face it, it's been a bit of a chore at times.

I'd prefer the casual readers, the folks who only bother with it when they just happen to see a post, to not respond.

For those of you who go out of your way to keep up with my written meanderings, no matter when you end up reading this, no matter if you don't have an LJ account, I'd love know why.

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:15 pm (UTC)
See, you're a big surprise. I know how busy you are, and how many things you're trying to keep on top of, so I just assume you don't have time to read most of my stuff. That doesn't bother me, I know you're my friend, and being my friend doesn't require you to read all my ravings. I am actually a bit blown away by this...

For the record, I'm still getting replies to some of the older 100 Days posts, so it's never too late :P
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well, we've finally met, so that's a good start to the whole 'in person' thing.

I sometimes think I'm way too good on the whole honesty thing... and then I think fuck it, I don't care *grin*

you hit tl;dr reasonably often
tl;dr? Not teasing, just could not figure out what that meant.
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2007-10-02 01:18 pm (UTC)
Apart from you being a friend you write really interesting ,entertaining, confronting ,humorous,touching and even some posts that make me blush , the kinds of posts I wish I could write but I lack your writing talent .

On the whole I plainly like reading your entries and like quite few others do ,even like going back and reading past entries and checking that I haven't missed any and people will read or listen to anyone that spin a good story whether it be a fictional or non-fiction story .

You are a natural storyteller and you rock*hugs*

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:26 pm (UTC)
*blush*

No, seriously *blush*

You're a sweetie. But I have to say the only way to become a better writer is to write more, no matter what the possible reactions will be. I still get worried about how people will react to some of the 100 Days stuff, but to date there's only been one set of bad reactions, and that was as much to do with a mixture of poor writing on my part and people only reacting to the bits they could take badly, rather than the entire post.

*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Why?

Makes perfect sense. Every time someone like you reappears in my life, it's that really nice sense of shared history and familiarity that dates back to our youth.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:30 pm (UTC)
Fair enough :)

In the same way I struggle to read fiction now, I struggle with my friends pages. Slabs of text just bowl me over, but I at least try to skim read, which is what I've generally assumed happens with my stuff, since it's often big slabs of text.
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2007-10-02 01:51 pm (UTC)
I only became seriously interested in lj after Swancon 2007. I'd seen you around Swancons over the years, and heard you speak as the Fan Guest of Honour last year, so I friended you to check out your journal in convenience. I stumbled into the middle of the 100 days posts and an incredibly intense period in your life, and had to do some catch up reading to get the full (or at least a bit more) context.

I continued to read because I am fascinated by the honesty and rawness of your posts; I am familiar with the people if not the individuals you write about; I like your pictures; and you're occasionally amusing. When you wrote that you're obsessed with lj comments I recognised that and was happy to feed your addiction :-)

All this has made me post in my own lj far more openly than I might have otherwise. Yes, you have Influenced Me.

I don't obsessively read every word you write, but I do tend to read almost everything on my flist, so it works out much the same. LJ is my new drug (and home page), a drip-feed of the fascinating conversations and personalities I used to only get to enjoy once per year.

You can show this comment if you like.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my Friends List is my homepage. It's the only way for me to hope to keep up. I don't read every word of most other folks LJs. And I tend to have the choice of either reading a bunch and maybe commenting on one or two, or reading none and commenting on a bunch... or posting! Just don't have the concentration for lots of text.

Comment addiction is a terrible thing. "It's been up for nearly half an hour and no-one's replied!"
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and it's nice that I was able to put a face to the name successfully - Thank you, stroke-enhanced memory!

Sympathy is a funny thing. I'm happy to receive it, so long as I'm not getting used to it, or waiting for it. I think that's one of the problems, people find that if they troll for sympathy they get it, it's an easy form of attention-getting.

So what you then get from people is post after post talking about how dreadful their life is because of this addiction to sympathy, but it starts to become self-fulfilling prophecy - because all they write about is how awful life is, that's all they end up seeing in their lives.

I try to write the truth about how I'm feeling. If I'm broken, I say that. If I'm horny, I say that. If I'm pissed off with the people who want to run big cons just for the sake of big cons... well, look forward to an equally big rant in 100 days at some point *grin*

My life's good, overall, but I'm broken enough at the moment that I'm actually really grateful for the kind thoughts of others, way moreso than normal, so thank you :)
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[User Picture]From: linstar
2007-10-02 03:02 pm (UTC)
Cause you're you. You're absolutely wonderful, and the stuff you write about is hugely thought provoking. I read it and think about what experiences I've had that would possibly compare... and realise there's nothing close :)

And it gives me a chance to know things baout you that I wouldn't think to ask you when I'm around you! This way, I get prompted to ask you about lots of things! :)

Lots of love and hugs always

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
and realise there's nothing close
No, but your experiences are yours, and I suspect that if we were to talk about them, there would likely be some that I'd go "How the hell did you cope with that?!"

Always feel free to ask me questions. If I don't want to answer, I won't :)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dammit I'm blushing again!

No words, just thank you very, very much. Oh, and yes, do the Nullarbor (but take your time).

*wanders off shyly*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 10:04 pm (UTC)
Wait! You don't have a mobile any more? Oh dear God, who have I been sending the occasional COCK! to?!

I so wish I was joking about that.

We've been friended a good while, to have read everything since then is a pretty big chunk of text. I still find it amazing.

What on Earth was the sentence from the closing that made such a difference to you? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you got some benefit from my words, but one sentence?!

Dude, I like you plenty. We didn't get to talk much, but I was really thrilled to see you at Pancakes. You can say whatever it is you need to say to me, when you need to say it, and I'm not going to think less of you for it. Within reason. If you tell me you're voting for the Liberals next election, you're in a world of hurt *grin*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 11:04 pm (UTC)
~ How could I not reply? Thank you for the exceptionally kind words.

I get the shy, socially awkward thing. But seriously, I rarely bite, so come up and say hi. You have my full permission to talk to me now, so there's no excuse.

Well apart from feeling shy, which I get :)

Feel free to stop being anonymous on here as a starting point :)
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[User Picture]From: kaths
2007-10-02 11:07 pm (UTC)
How could I not? :)

It's rare to get such an insight into someone's life, and there's been some real gems amongst your posts (not that the others aren't... you know what I mean).

I'm also a bit OCD, so once I start, I have to read right through :) I occasionally skim through the TMI stuff, but it's all essentially read.

LJ is my home page too.

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-02 11:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm not so surprised by you given how much we tend to yak about and share, but it's still complimentary.

*hugs*

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-03 02:54 am (UTC)

Re: Why?

*blush*

I'm sure you're trying to seduce me. Keep going *grin*

Seriously, thank you very much.
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[User Picture]From: cassiphone
2007-10-02 11:46 pm (UTC)
You write with a raw honesty that I find incredibly compelling. I think you're one of the most personally revealing bloggers that I've come across!

Your writing voice is funny and entertaining, even when you're sharing your miseries.

So, yeah. Keep doing what you're doing!

(yes, happy for everyone to see this)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-03 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. You've given me a couple of the most encouraging comments I've received about this LJ. It's really appreciated.

I'm also up for constructive criticism. It may not change anything, but I'm up for it *grin*
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2007-10-03 02:58 am (UTC)
Expect my wiseness levels to drop after I have all four of my wisdom teeth out!
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