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An Anniversary, Ms. Havisham Style
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jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: August 31st, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You know, it's funny, I used to read this on LJ a lot (not from the start, but probably going back four years now), but now that you post it on Facebook, for whatever reason I usually read it there. And I don't like commenting on Facebook stuff, because I'm too aware of the visibility of everything that gets said there.

It's interesting to hear you say the thing about personal blogging. I've never had nearly the complications you have, but I've often felt the same way, probably to a lesser degree.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 31st, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hmmm. I wonder if that's true of other people who now read me on Facebook. Some actually comment more there than they did here. Facebook comments tend to be shorter, I've noticed, and less engaged. Or maybe that's just my problem!

As far as personal blogging goes, I'm not sure what to think. I set out to do it with the specific intention of learning about the complexities of social networking. And I have, certainly. But I've found along the way that the flak I got from those who disapproved, especially in a professional context, and the changes that my presence here led to in my "real-world" relationships contributed to a change in my self-image that was probably not for the best.
From: e4q Date: August 31st, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
actually, i nearly did! it's where i first read it, but due to the content i thought i would wait and comment here.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 1st, 2009 02:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I try to do that when I see an LJ entry imported to Facebook before encountering it in its "natural" state. Sometimes I forget, though.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: August 31st, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That second part is something that bothered me, and led me to make my blog public again and to make the content bland. It got to the point where people I hardly knew (or didn't know at all) knew things about my life that some close friends didn't. I also didn't have anything left to say in real-world conversations with people who read it. So I've always been interested to see how you manage your online persona via implication and euphemism, the suggestive images and occasionally cryptic prose.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 1st, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I sometimes have these grandiose ideas about what I'm doing, what I've been doing all along. And since I had them pretty much from the beginning, or even before I started, I suppose they would count as the product of authorial intention. But having to sustain that kind of project while also presenting glimpses of one's actual existence is difficult. I am reminded of Sebald's The Rings of Saturn, which is both entirely fictional and kind of like an autobiography.
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