01. Your live journal "user name" & what it means:
Well, normally, I use Torin as an online name but that was taken by someone who has made no posts and only one comment. Then there is Darren, my legal first name. Unfortunately, it was taken by someone who made one post, 'Something original would be nice here...wouldn't it??' and no comments. Well, I've been called wolf and wolfieboy by a variety of people and wolfieboy is a bit sillier, so I chose that.
02. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) how well does your livejournal represent who you actually are?
I'm not completely sure how to answer this one. I do make posts on topics that are very close to my heart and soul and so I would say that it would be a 9 or 10 here. But there are many internal thoughts, ideas, and misconceptions that whiz through my head that I could never English. So, if I include these inexpressibles, I would say a 7.
03. How much about your life do you post to lj?
Well, I don't post my day to day activities or even my plans for the weekend. Since I'm journaling so that I can read it later, it would be too banal for me to do so. I wouldn't be interested in reading what I was doing for the weekend 2 years ago.
What I do post though are major events in my life and thoughts that I've got. So, I post a lot about meaty stuff but not much on the day-to-day staples of my life.
04. Is there anything you refuse to post about?
There's probably lots I won't post about. I don't know the specifics without examples though. I can say that I don't talk trash about people. My journal is about me and my actions and reactions to the world not the drama of other people's lives.
05. On a scale of 1-10 how interesting do you think your own journal is to others?
I have no idea; I'm not writing my journal for others, I'm writing it for myself. But a few different people have told me that I've inspired them or my writing has moved them, so I must not be doing too bad.
06. From who/how did you find out about lj?
I heard about it on l*** but just considered it just another time sink that I didn't need to get involved in.
But then a year or so later, silenceleigh mentioned in her home journal that she was going to be posting on livejournal and if those reading wanted to read her with more frequency, we should check her out there. I'd been wanting to do more journaling but I just hadn't been able to motivate myself. The interaction between people seemed like it might be a good motivator, so I thought I'd try it out. I'm glad that I did.
07. Has anyone ever joined lj because of you?
Well, cindygerb joined because of me. But I don't know if that counts. Of other people that post or comment regularly I gave codes to technoshaman, jenkitty, and varushka but I suspect that I was just an enabler rather than the reason itself.
08. What proportion of your posts are friends only?
Very few. As in less than five.
09. What is your favorite interest on lj?
Well, there is sapiosexuality that I'm trying to promote as a meme. It means that I get turned on more by intelligence than by plumbing. Pleasing-to-me male and female bodies are extra perqs but they are still just perqs rather than what is truly important. Philosophical conversation is foreplay.
10. Has anything on lj ever caused you to establish, rethink, or even change your belief or position on something?
Of course it has. If it hadn't, I haven't been trying very hard. This forum would be so much less appealing if it wasn't for all you folks posting about challenges and such. To see the latest item that challenged a belief, you need to see this post and its comments in elynne's journal.
11. How often do you respond / comment on other peoples journals?
Frequently. Possibly too much so. I've been calling it LiveJournal: The Addiction. I'm actually doing it less these days as I mention over here.
12. Do you prefer to write in your journal, read other journals?
Prefer? I'd prefer to do both and have all the time I need to read all the interesting peoples journals and the comments involved. Unfortunately, even if I did nothing but read LJ while hooked up to lifesupport and no sleep, I couldn't do that. So, I make compromises. As I mentioned in #12, I'm trying to do more posting these days.
13. Have you ever had something mean said to you or been stalked, harassed, or got into an argument/flame war on lj (or did it to someone else)?
I don't think so. At least that I can recall. I tend to prefer to remove myself from a situation rather than descend into ad hominem flame wars but I haven't always succeeded at that in e-mail. There may even come a time when that happens here. Still it's something I'd prefer to avoid.
14. Have you ever banned someone from your journal?
Nope. See #13.
15. Who are your favorite lj friend(s) and why?
Me. wolfieboy. After all, the reason that I'm keeping this journal is to chronicle what is important to me so that I can read about it later. With a mind like a steel sieve, this can be very, very useful.
16. How many of your LJ friends have you actually met?
70 where I could have false positives on 2 or 3 and false negatives on 5–7
17. Of all of the people on lj you know of, who is the most like you?
About the only person that comes close is tactisle. But then weirdos tend to think that I'm a bit off. Well, except for cindygerb. She's the only person I've ever met that shares my style of weird. (Yeah!)
18. Why are you most likely to add someone to your friends list?
They are interesting and make comments and/or posts that make me think. I generally find people either because they made a comment on someone's post that is fascinating enough to make me want to check out the rest of their journal or they've added me as a friend.
I also add people that I know in the flesh to keep up with what they are doing...
19. Do you automatically add friends to your journal if they add you first?
Nope. About twice a week or so, I'll go through my friend-of list and see who's new. I'll then check out their profile and journal and decide whether to add them or not. There are just too many interesting people out there to add all of them.
20. What is the most likely reason you wouldn't add someone to your friends list?
I can't choose just one: A journal of quizzes is not overly interesting. Neither is a journal that is never posted in. Thankfully, I rarely see the style of journal that is regularly lampooned, i.e. Gearod's LJ.
21. Is your "significant other" on lj?
22. Have you ever wanted to meet someone on lj?
That sounds like a very odd wording to the question. It seems to me that it should be, "Who on your friends list do you want to meat in the flesh?"
For me, I want to meet as many people as I can. I find that I connect to people much better if I've met them at least once in the flesh. The bandwidth of FTF communication is *so* much higher than communicating online. It's still possible for me to form strong bonds with people I've never met in the flesh but I like enhancing the experience with the other senses as well.
Right now, the local people that I'd like to meet the most would be sar_anon and corivax. I'm also clamoring for m0usegrrl and metaphorge to get out here for Westercon 56 over July 4th weekend 2003.
Yumm! I hadn't noticed that Connie Willis will be Toastmaster next year. She's good stuff.
I know that other Seattle people are trying to get other Atlanta people here as well.
Finally, cindygerb and I don't get to spend enough time with tactisle and shirleym since they're on the opposite coast.