There are many roads to LiveJournal—how did you first hear about LJ?
I first heard about LJ in 2001 from my friends Marky-pooooooooooooo (fecalgoreattack
) and Marina (used to be marinix
). My username used to be "lilkittyurine", which was a combination of the names Little Jimmy Urine and Kitty, both members of the band Mindless Self Indulgence. As time went on, I got tired of the name and felt it was more and more silly. On top of that, people started asking if I was into pee or cat pee, and needless to say, I just didn't enjoy questions like that. I bought a $15 name change token a few years into having my LJ, the second I heard it was possible... but damn if I remember when that was. It might have been about 2003. I've been "unpleasantries" ever since. If you search for "lilkittyurine" on LJ it will redirect to unpleasantries. I could look back and find when that was, but I won't (that's a lot to look through!).
So, why did I choose to start a livejournal? I always liked journals but had trouble committing to paper ones- I blame the fact that my hands tend to hurt a lot when I have to write too much (I'm pretty heavy-handed with the pen, I write hard), so the appeal of paper journals tends to wear off quickly for me. I have a tendency to keep my feelings to myself in person, and I've always been a good typer... and I so enjoyed reading about my friends' daily life, that it only made sense to start one of my own. On July 2nd, 2009, I will have had this LJ for 8 years.
I think the longest I've ever gone without posting was about a month, so it's safe to say that I've been a fairly active LJer, though decidedly less so as time has passed. I really believe that keeping a journal has helped me channel my emotions, and tap into being more comfortable expressing myself to others. I won't say that I was ever a completely withdrawn person, but I know I was never terribly outgoing... and I feel like expressing myself in this way has helped me grow a lot. Along with that, I know for sure that I've been able to mature in a very unique way thanks to LJ. I started writing when I was 17 years old, and my posts were always pretty mundane and somewhat childish. I usually talked about my day or my boyfriends. I still do that, but I now view my journal as a healthy and safe outlet rather than a place to document my every boring daily activity. It has been nice, if not a little humiliating at times, to look back and see how I've grown or changed, and even to see what has not changed about me at all.
Not only that, but aside from making new friends through LJ, it has been a wonderful way to keep up with people I care about, and also to learn things I never knew about them. I'm something of a voyeur (in the mildest sense of the word), and I enjoy people-watching. LJ has always been such a fun and interesting way to keep an eye on my friends, because since we're on each other's friend lists, it's mutual voyeurism. At least here, I'm perfectly welcome to peer into the minds of my friends and really understand their thoughts and feelings.
Anyway. I think journals are a healthy and wonderful thing for everyone, no matter how they're used. Though I don't update 3-4 times a day like I used to, I still check LJ every single day (unless I am not able to for whatever reason), and it's still very important to me.
I'm even using an OG userpic on this entry for old time's sake! I was about 18 years old in that userpic, holding a Frankenstein Girl mask I got from my very first Mindless Self Indulgence show... judging by that and my original LJ username, can you tell what band I was obsessed with?