May 21st, 2009

Mind-Blowingly Old

Ten years?  Really, LiveJournal?  Wow.  You're old as dirt.  Congrats, that's quite an accomplishment for a web service. Honestly, I don't know how much more you have in you, but your endurance in the face of vox, deadjournal and dreamwidth and all the others really speaks to the power of community.

Services thrive when they grow and maintain a community around them. Otherwise, they fail, even if they're better.

Five years?  Well, nearly.  In a couple of months, I'll have been here five years. Wow, I've been friends with you guys for that much of my life. Practically as long as my son has been alive. In a way, you're all a significant part of my life's experience, and I care about you. I worry about you when you're troubled, I laugh with you when you joke, and I find peace with you when you share koans and zen thoughts.

I'm concerned, though.  We really are plurking and tweeting more than we blog nowadays.  I've long complained about twitter's damaging effecthalophoenix has written about the state of blogging in the age of twitter.  (Even if you don't read it, scroll down to the bottom and read the first two comments, between 'Phoenix and I.)

For those of you reading this:  ::hug::, ::fist-bump::, Sláinte and Kanpai!