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TL;DR Version: I'm going to post more here. I've also started a Twitter. And a new Blog. They will all be different spaces for me. Read down if you care to hear more.

I've been thinking a lot lately about online identity. For someone who spends a rather large portion of my time online I have very little to point back to and show for it. Most of my online interactions with people happen over IM, or in Warcraft, or simply inside my own head, never leaving those arenas to a place of more permanence. It's got me to thinking what I use this LJ for. I look back and there was a point, many years ago, when I updated quite a lot. But every post of what is almost now the last four years has been very few and far between and has been prefaced with 'I'm still reading everyone's posts everyday, I just never seem to post ...'

It's true. A good portion of my online time is actually spent on Livejournal, reading my friends list and (very) occasionally even commenting on posts. I do engage with LJ but it's become very one-sided over time. This stems from me never wanting to make a post that some people wouldn't like. I don't want to post about Warcraft, because 75% of my friends won't give a fuck. I don't want to post about my random philosophical ideas because 75% of my friends won't give a fuck. I don't want to post about my life because I'm not sure if any of my friends will give a fuck. Of course, I know that some will, but the sentiment is still there.

I've thought a lot about what this LJ is, and what I want it to be. Most of my friends on it are either very old real life friends, or people I met through fandom or random LJ communities. As such I've made a decision about what I'm going to post here. I've decided to get the fuck over my insecurities or whatever the hell they are about posting random shit and just post. This LJ is going to be a place for me to post personal stuff, stuff about Warcraft, stuff about my life, shit that's happened to me and generally random stuff, many times with a geeky fandom flavor.

I've also now started a Twitter feed. This LJ is going to stay a very online interbutt sort of thing to me, something that will share my life only with those that share the sort of general internet view of the world. My Twitter, on the other hand, will be much more public, something I will give out to more recent real life friends, to random acquaintances, etc. As such Twitter and this LJ will be separate things and this is the only time I will link to my Twitter from here, and my Twitter will never mention this LJ, they are going remain separate spaces, even if some of the friends and content overlap. If you want to follow me on Twitter I am here. I won't be using LoudTwitter or anything else to ship them here, I find it obnoxious.

I'm also starting a new blog on blogger to discuss more of my ideas, stuff that I've never felt comfortable posting on LJ because they were of a totally different nature than the personal bent I want for my LJ. It can be found here. As of right now it only has a post explaining what it is, though I hope to have its first real post up later today, though it's looking increasingly like it won't be up until tomorrow. Like Twitter, my blog and my LJ will be separate and likely will never really reference each other. I'll probably cross-post my first real post to my LJ to give LJ friends an idea of what to expect if they decide to read my blog, but that will be the first, last and only time I will do that.

So, hopefully this will lead to more posting everywhere, a more permanent record of my online life, and a more social me.
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