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Hi there! My name is Katherine, and I am doing a research task for my HSC (final year at school) on how the internet has impacted on our relationships. I am currently studying live journals, and was wondering if anyone had the time to answer any or all of the following few questions? It would help a great deal, and you would remain anonymous.
1. Why do you have a live journal?
2. What made you start one?
3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?
4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?
5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?
6. How do you see LJ developing over time?
Thanks a lot!
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From:deb_m
Date:May 12th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC)
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1. Why do you have a live journal?

To rant when I need to, talk about things I need to get off my chest, ask questions, get support, share art and be inspired.

2. What made you start one?

A lot of my friends were joining when a message board we all hung out at went down.

3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?

More for feedback and support.

4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?

Goddess no!!!!!

5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?

All the time.

6. How do you see LJ developing over time?

I think its a really great medium and am not sure what kinds of plans the developers have...I will leave that to them. I will continue to use mine for as long as it feels good to do it.
From:dear_prude
Date:May 12th, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
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1. Why do you have a live journal?
A. Because I can.

2. What made you start one?
A. Because I could.

3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?
A. Entertainment purposes only. (Mine and the reader's)

4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?
A. Absolutely not!

5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?
A. I cant answer for anyone but myself but I think that question should be reversed. I think face to face social interaction impacts/affects LJ's.

6. How do you see LJ developing over time?
A. Honestly? I think LJs are a big joke. People start them, get bored with them, delete them, start new ones, forget about them, start another new one. Its pretty much just and endless cycle of banal twitticism. Boring. (Trust me on this one, Ive started 9 journals of my own)
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From:mamajess
Date:May 12th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
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my heavens, Katherine, a serious question? you've made my heart go pittypat, dear girl. here goes:

1. Why do you have a live journal?
i'd always had trouble keeping a journal. when my dear friend sambear invited me to start an lj, i jumped at the chance. it's been a great outlet for me and i've met a number of friends as a result. i'll be meeting a group of people from lj next week, most likely.

2. What made you start one?
see above. i kinda dig that Sam guy a lot.

3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?
actually, it's both. i've been able to keep track of events in my own life, thoughts i've had, observations about my life. i also post some links to interesting (or odd) things on the net. using it for entertainment and feedback was a natural outgrowth of the friending network.

4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?
no, not mine, but i do see that in other people's blogs. i rather suspect that's an indication that their own live interaction with people can be subdued.

5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?
yes, thank goodness! i've met some people as a result of lj, will meet more, and i do find that i ask people i meet in other circumstances if they keep a blog online. if they're willing to say yes and invite me to read the journals, i tend to find them more trustworthy and i can get to know them all the better -- and vice versa.

6. How do you see LJ developing over time?
i expect that they'll be adding a video posting before too long. i'm not sure how, but i also figure they'll add a new dimension to the friends networking that's a natural byproduct of the system.

let us know how it goes!

take care,
mama jess
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From:shangchi
Date:May 12th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
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1. Why do you have a live journal?

To update friends about events in my life, to have access to others' journals, to have a running dialog with friends about various subjects, to make new friends.

2. What made you start one?

Several friends convinced me that if I wrote it, they would read it.

3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?

It resembles a diary, but I certainly don't post about everything that goes on in my life. I like to entertain, I like to get feedback, and I like to inform.

4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?

No, mine are pretty animated, though I rarely reveal my heart and soul in my journal.

5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?

Since I've had a running journal for over two years, with commentary by people who know me IRL, it gives friends on LJ who haven't yet met me IRL a reason to trust me, and it accelerates the familiarization process.

6. How do you see LJ developing over time?

Better, stronger, faster! Eventually, it will resemble the Matrix. I want to be an agent!
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From:buzz
Date:May 13th, 2004 09:04 am (UTC)
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1. Why do you have a live journal?
Mostly to braindump, a place to say things that are on my mind when I have no one to talk to.

2. What made you start one?
I honestly don't remember... I've had this thing since 2K1 and I think it was the neato factor that got me into it, since blogging was fairly new back then.

3. Is your live journal more for yourself (like a personal diary) or for readers(for entertainment and/or feedback, comments)?
Both. As I said I put crap there that I need to when I want to say something, and it keeps a lot of my friends, who I can't see on a regular basis, informed of my life, so they know how I'm doing. Suprisingly, they get concerned when they don't hear from me. Go figure ;)

4. Do you find your posts lack emotion, or are depersonalised?
My posts are very personal, they're me. I'm writing about me and what I am thinking, so it's very likely they can be passionate when I don't realize it. But I do write to show my passions as well, so I know that such posts exist.

5. Does your LJ impact/affect your face to face social interaction?
I'd say in a way it improves it, again becuase there are those who read my journal who I don't get to see on a regular basis, and LJ allows that communication when we're not face to face.

6. How do you see LJ developing over time?
I'm not entirely sure what you're looking for here... developing how? As far as intereactions go? I think it's going to be around for a while, and keep folks communicating, but I think given time technology will come up with something to supplant LJ. Possbily as portable devices and instant communications become more and more everyday, each person may become their own LJ host, and sites like this will no longer be necessary.
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