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LJ Idol, 10: Whose LJ is it anyway? Balancing personal expression and friends list sensibilities.

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Welcome to LiveJournal, where friends are usually misnomers, the audience is self-selecting, comments are key and readership is paramount!

Here at LiveJournal, you never know which end is up! Is it public space? Is it private space? Both! Neither! Who cares? If you don't have an audience, no one is going to read your words anyway.

At LiveJournal, your words are public! Isn't that great? Unless you choose to make them otherwise, that is. If you make that choice, you're opening the door for lots of drama! People will vie for the chance to be on your filters, to read about your sex life, they'll fight to see your naughty pictures and weasel their way into your good graces so you share all the juicy gossip with them! And only them!

What? You don't want drama? Inconceivable! If you don't want drama, then go write a file on your computer! Go keep a pencil-and-paper journal! But why? That's so droll, so pedestrian, so boooring.

Why wouldn't you want the drama of monthly purging of friends? Why wouldn't you want the joy of being asked, aghast, "Why did you cut me? Don't you like me any more?" Here at LiveJournal you can have that all the time! Isn't that wonderful?

No matter. As I said, your audience on LiveJournal is self-selecting. Write enough posts that people don't like, and your readers will scurry off like rats from a sinking ship. They won't realize that there's always a next post, that there's something else to read. If they don't leave, they'll kvtech and whine about the one post that you made, the post that you wrote when you came home drunk at 3am, the post in which you moan about your oh-so-trendily-named domestic partner, the post where you rail against the color green.

"Green! Green! Everything I see is red! It's everywhere! It's haunting me! Make it stop!"

And some well-meaning person will try to calm and soothe you. "There, there," they will say. "It's not that bad, green is awfully pretty, after all."

"No, it's not! Green is perfectly wretched!" And then you'll de-friend them in a fit of pique ... and the drama will start all over again.

Isn't that wonderful? Now who wouldn't want to sign up for that? Welcome to LiveJournal: All Drama, all the time! Where no one realizes that your journal is your space, where you make the rules, where you decide who reads what, and when! Welcome to LiveJournal, where everyone else feels qualified to make those choices for you, and won't hesitate to tell you so!

Isn't it great? Isn't it grand? Isn't it perfectly wonderful?

I knew you'd agree.
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