prillalar: (tezuryo kiss)
... look to the Recent Comments page. The top will show you the most recent comments on your own LJ (also useful for reading fb you receive on racy stories without opening the email with the racy story in it) and the bottom will give you links to the comments you've made.

Can't stop the signal! (Or maybe that should be, "Face it, we're all addicted".)
prillalar: (apples)
[ This is NOT a "good old days of mailing lists" post. Just some thoughts. ]

I have participated in fandom in several contexts: mailing lists, Usenet, discussion boards, and LiveJournal. It's not news that the first three are generally topic-based while LJ is person-based. On LJ, you create your own community out of who you read and with whom you engage.

LJ is personal. Again, not news. Your journal is your space, to do with what you will. Your fanfic, your art, your work news, your pictures of your cat, your comments on politics and TV shows. It's about you, like my journal is about me.

LJ privileges the original post above the replies. In every design I've seen, the post occupies the main portion of the screen, right at the top, and the replies are below it in their own section. They are, simply by their location on the screen, less important.

In contrast, mailing lists, newsgroups, and discussion boards (for the most part) treat the original post visually the same as the follow-ups, putting it first but not styling it significantly differently.

I think this affects discussion. The privilege of the LJ post, along with the fact that this is a specific person's personal space, means that criticism of the subject matter is more likely to be interpreted as criticism of the journal owner, even if that interpretation is made subconsciously. If you do not agree with the poster, on LJ there is a greater feeling that you should just not read their journal. Again, this might only be a subtle pressure, not explicitly expressed.

You are in another person's space, not a shared space. So, like when you are in someone else's home, there are things you feel constrained not to do or say.

Not to mention, because of the privilege of the LJ publishing model, your readership will be made up mostly of people who agree with you. You may be more likely to find flamers than people who disagree with you in a non-hostile way.

Communities do provide a place for finding discussion with non-like-minded people, but the privilege of the post still remains.

LJ is public. The nature of a web journal -- a publishing model rather than a discussion model -- makes it feel more public to us, even if it is filtered and locked. Here's an example of what I mean:

Suppose I went to visit [livejournal.com profile] kestrelsan and while I was there, she only ever made me oatmeal for breakfast, even though she knows I hate oatmeal. (Of course this is hypothetical; probably she'd make me get my own breakfast. *g*) After I got home, I really wanted to complain about it to ten of my closest friends, but not let [livejournal.com profile] kestrelsan know I was doing it. I could:

* send private email to everyone in the group, either individually or all at one go
* send email to our private and exclusive mailing list
* post to LJ and filter it to only those ten people

In any of those cases, someone could easily tell [livejournal.com profile] kestrelsan what I had said about her and her oatmeal. (And there could be technical glitches or operator errors as well.) But which instance feels more public to you, on a gut level? To me, it's LiveJournal, because it's published on the web. It feels more visible and permanent, even though it's no more so than the other two. (A web-based forum or discussion board is also public in this way, even if it is restricted to certain members.)

I'm not sure how this impression of public-ness affects what we post under lock and filter, but I think it affects how we feel when some friends-locked unpleasantness is made known. The offense feels greater because it was in a public space, even though the actual public nature of the information was the same as though it had been emailed.

On LJ, we build our own community by reading journals and interacting with them by means of commenting. I'm sure most of us have journals on our lists that we consistently read but don't comment in. It's interesting for the reader, but it doesn't build community between the poster and the reader. (I frequently admonish myself to be a more frequent commenter, but haven't had much success.)

We post, by and large, hoping to receive responses, those little strokes that let us know that people care about what we say (or, more likely, care that we are still alive). We may also be hoping that those replies contain advice or praise or smart discussion on the topic at hand, but at root, we just want to know that someone is reading. And by replying to those comments, we build relationships and community with our readers, just as we build relationships and community by commenting on the entries of others.

The larger the responsive readership of a particular journal is, the less the journal owner needs to go afield to find community. This is something I just figured out recently. If there are a lot of people responding to what you post, a large part of your social needs from LJ can be met right there, without you having to go out and comment in the journals of others.

Further, you may not have time or social energy to do more than keep up with the responses in your journal. So I think that in a way, a large friend-of list, if it is a responsive one, can be isolating.

And one more thing: We want our friends-list to post interesting things about fandom; we want to post pictures of our cats. Okay, that's a sweeping generalization, but I think it has some truth at the core.

And you, what do you think?
prillalar: (canada)

Canada Day
Yay for us, especially this week! I will celebrate by sitting around in my jammies all morning listening to Stan Rogers and possibly going out to Tim's for a doughnut in the afternoon. My Canada icon is Pierre Trudeau, our fifteenth Prime Minister.

 

Tag Cloud
Oh, the cleverness of me! I have been tweaking with my S2 layout for a few weeks now and continue to tweak. (Frankly, I haven't even looked at it in IE Win yet, so caveat lector.) Today, I figured out how to build in a tag cloud -- a linked list of all the tags I've used. You can see them in the sidebar in my Recent Entries.

Here's the code I inserted into function Page::print ():

# Tags list
if ($p.view == "recent") {

     var Tag[] mytags;
     var string taglist;
     
     $mytags = $p->visible_tag_list();
     
     foreach var Tag t ($mytags) {
          $taglist = "$taglist" + """<li><a href="$t.url">$t.name</a></li>""";
     }
     """<div id="tagcloud"><h3>Tagcloud</h3><ul>$taglist</ul></div>""";
}

Style as desired. If you're comfortable tinkering with S2 or learning how, that should be useful.

 

Fic and Migraines
When I clicked on my fic tag, I noticed that the last three fic-like things I posted all made reference to migraines. I wonder if I've started to come across as someone who has some freaky physical possession bemusement mechanism that manifests itself as splitting headaches and who is going to go out at the weekend to get treppanned.

The truth is that I've been getting a lot of migraines and writing snippets of fic comforts me when I feel lousy. But I've been writing non-drug-induced things as well. I've spent a couple of months working on a Soul-Sucking InuKai story which I've now had to put on hiatus while I wait for my beta to forget it exists solve the structural problems. And I've been writing a non-soul-sucking InuKai I hope to post next week.

 

The Summer of TezuRyo
I've been wanting to get back to these two for some time. My plan for the summer is to re-watch the series with a close eye on their relationship so I can post about it and write about it. (TezuRyo is an anime-only ship for me -- my manga ship is Tezuka/Oishi.)

 

Fuwa
I'm sorry I've ignored your kissing study for so long. Don't crush me!

prillalar: (beer)

Instead of writing, I messed around with S2 this weekend. So fun! Once I get the hang of it, I'll start spending all my spare time tinkering with it. My layout is a little betwixt and between right now, but I imagine the only one that sees it is me.

I also spent a lot of time tagging my stories and adding them to my memories. (Of course, I should have just updated my website, but, hey, can't have everything.) So now, you can easily find all the MomoKai or Marcus/Oliver or Jack/Daniel.

I found a story I had forgotten I'd written, one that I like very much but that never really found much of an audience. It was written for the Dwarf Fuh-Q-Fest and I was assigned the pairing Durin/Aulë. Durin, as you will recall, was first of the dwarf fathers, and Aulë the Vala who created him.

It starts off like it's going to be all ponderous, but that doesn't last for long. I think my dwarfs are flavoured both by Pratchett and by Lewis ("The dwarfs are for the dwarfs!"). But I'm a dwarf myself, so that's OK. (Sometimes I wish I were a hobbit instead, but not for long.)

In The Beginning

If you like dwarfs (or dwarves -- take your pick) too, give it a try.

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