Some of you may notice that I just performed a major purge of my LJ friends. I hope I haven’t personally offended any of you, but I’ll explain myself anyway.
Basically, my friends page has gotten too big. Many of you are prolific posters, and I’m always drawn to Internet-based procrastination. The end result is that I spend a lot of time reading LJ :oP.
The criteria I used for the sweep were, in no particular order:
- I don’t really know you. It’s hard enough to follow the LJ facet of people’s lives when you know them in reality. On top of that, it seems sort of, I don’t know, voyeuristic or something. Like I’m being let into your little circle for no reason.
- You’re angsty. More specifically, your journal is angsty. I think this is basically revealing the different ways in which people use LiveJournal; I tend to focus on interesting things, and the day-to-day details of my life, rather than on my emotional state. Reading about other people’s angst online is both sort of weird and somewhat depressing. I don’t really like doing it, both from an invasion-of-privacy standpoint and an emotional standpoint, so I’m not going to anymore.
- You write about slash. I haven’t gotten around to writing my big rant on slash, but most of you who I know personally probably also know my reasons. The point is, I avoid slash like the plague, and if you write about it a lot, I’m not going to be very interested in reading your LJ.
Obviously, these conditions are fairly arbitrary, and really, I made individual decisions for everyone I deleted. Not everyone of my friends whose LJ fits one of these categories was deleted, but everyone who I defriended did fit at least one.
So yeah, just changing my reading habits a bit. If being defriended bothers you, we probably need to talk in person.