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22 July 2005 @ 12:31 pm
The Time Has Come  
Part of the reason why I started an LJ page was that so I can use it as my own little soapbox for whatever little thing I wanted to openly write about. The whole point of such an exercise was to make my opinions heard -- no matter how outrageous, badly reasoned or barely formed. However, with an increasing number of employers and prospective employers going online, looking at people's blogs and using what individuals have written against them, if you use your real name (which I initially did when starting this page) you are asking for trouble. As a result, I've had to post more and more protected access entries.

I won't do it anymore, and I refuse to use another special filter anymore... with one exception that I'll get to in a moment.

Starting today, I'm using the front page of The New York Times rule. If I'm comfortable with the information I'm posting being on the front page of the Times, I'll put it up here.

All other posts, are now going in a new LJ page I have not yet setup. There will be no filters on the new page, but I will only reveal the existence of that page to a very limited number of people. Please do not be offended if I do not include you on that list. It's not that I don't trust you, but rather that these are the only people I feel completely comfortable about exposing myself so honestly to. I will make one last special filtered post later today that reveals the name of my new LJ page. If you do not see this post, but you think I may be wrongly excluding you from its content, add a comment to one of my other posts asking me to please pass on the name of page and I'll gladly reconsider.

I hate doing this -- I wish there was another solution, but I see no choice in the matter.
~M~je_reviens on July 22nd, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
You know that I for sure understand -- which is why I don't give outmy name on LJ and don't have my picture available. I think people who do so are-- well, nuts. Or, more compassionately, they have been lucky enough to not experience what I have experienced in this arena.
"The Big Apple"mattapp on July 22nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
At the time I started this thing, I really loved the idea that a long-lost friend or acquaintance might find me through this page -- hence the reason why I initially used my real name and real pictures. I also liked the fact that I could use the LJ page as a way of informally keeping friends and family up-to-date about the goings on in my world. Going forward, I'll still do that with this page, but if you don't already know me in some capacity, stumbling across this page might get boring real fast.

I really hate this solution, but I couldn't see any other option that worked better.
~M~je_reviens on July 22nd, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I think in someways it might be great to have an LJ for that reason -- but for example, now that I have folks that know me IRL reading this, I have to censor what I say, which I don't like. I like being anonymous.
Tournevistournevis on July 22nd, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well, count me amonf those who would like to have access to theother LJ. Though we have never met face to face, you strike me as a kindred soul. And you're a friend of Woo, so there you go.
the groovy onegroovypq on July 22nd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
I hear you screaming. I went friends-only in my LJ, because I discovered that my ex and a certain ex-friend-who-decided-she'd-rather-be-friends-with-him-and-pretend-to-be-my-friend-so-she-could-tell-him-things-about-me had set up LJs of their own for the sole purpose of making snarky comments about things I'd written. I won't bore you with the whole story, but needless to say, for someone who wanted me out of his life mad fast sure makes it a point to know what I'm up to. Ergo, friends-only LJness. :-p

SO junior high...

But it's kinda not fun to be friends-only, because random people stumbling across my journal will get no flavor de moi. I'd kind of wanted it to be a writing exercise, but ... oh well.
"The Big Apple"mattapp on July 22nd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
Nice. Really grown-up and mature. People like that should be hit by lightening... repeatedly... in their nether regions.
gLΩ∫§ø£@LÏ∆ ◊n å §Hœ∫±®ıNgsvengali on August 2nd, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
First off, thanks. I'm genuinely flattered that you included me, even though I don't know you. I just like your stuff, and I admit I'm intrigued by the fact that you've been a loyal reader of mine so long. I concur with one of your friend-commentors regarding why I got into LJ: as a writing adventure.
Back In the Day, I used to post on the (blankety-dot-blank) newsgroup... and I discovered I really missed the freedom of expression and the spontanteity. And the weirdo community feedback and comaraderie.
And as you know after surviving that creepy ID theft last November, I'm doubly paranoid over the Web...
Well, best wishes for the virgin voyage of the Moose.