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There are two bits to livejournal - updating and reading.

Updating
I am not sure, there is a massive investment in historic entries I have been on here for 10 years now. I am not sure if I didn't have a livejournal I would be starting one up as the party has moved on to other social networks, but I don't want to lose the history of it. It is interesting to look back on older entries.

Reading
It is fascinating to read about how other people perceive their reality, and it is surprising how interesting even "normal" peoples inner lives and struggles can be. Livejournal is a place where people seem to be more open about themselves than other social networks where people seem more keen or able to present a polished version of themselves.
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There are two bits to livejournal - updating and reading.

Updating
I am not sure, there is a massive investment in historic entries I have been on here for 10 years now. I am not sure if I didn't have a livejournal I would be starting one up as the party has moved on to other social networks, but I don't want to lose the history of it. It is interesting to look back on older entries.

Reading
It is fascinating to read about how other people perceive their reality, and it is surprising how interesting even "normal" peoples inner lives and struggles can be. Livejournal is a place where people seem to be more open about themselves than other social networks where people seem more keen or able to present a polished version of themselves.
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There are two bits to livejournal - updating and reading.

Updating
I am not sure, there is a massive investment in historic entries I have been on here for 10 years now. I am not sure if I didn't have a livejournal I would be starting one up as the party has moved on to other social networks, but I don't want to lose the history of it. It is interesting to look back on older entries.

Reading
It is fascinating to read about how other people perceive their reality, and it is surprising how interesting even "normal" peoples inner lives and struggles can be. Livejournal is a place where people seem to be more open about themselves than other social networks where people seem more keen or able to present a polished version of themselves.
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This seem to be the most popular question ever, at least in terms of my friends list. I have one brother who I actually saw today for the first time since our dad's funeral. I would say we aren't that close. In theory it is nice to have lots of siblings as they are a sort of ready made friends group and there is the whole "blood is thicker than water". I think that more kids puts quite a financial strain on things and my parents were never really rich. My mum was one of five and they seem to get on okay though.

Laura did point out if we have another child in three years or so I will be in my mid 50s by the time they are eighteen. So realistically I think Daniel will have one or two siblings at most.

I guess my answer is that one or two siblings is probably enough. Large families seem more suited to the past. It seems you probably need a wider family group to offer support such as childcare, etc. As I mentionned my mum was one of five, but that was spread out over 20 years and they also had some of her older siblings living back at home as adults with families of their own. So you had a lot of adults as well as children all living together. That does happen so much, we could not really live with our parents in the same way.

I think another factor is the idea of parenting has moved on quite a bit. My mother's mother didn't work and just parented for 40 years. Her husband just worked and did little parenting. I guess it was hard for my grandmother to be much more than a mother. But women these days have more routes to fulfillment. Dads also have a much stronger role.

The modern idea seems to be small families where parents concentrate a lot of emotional and financial resouces on few children. In the past it was easier to have larger families with fewer such resources being used on a large number of children and the children were then expected to provide further resources to younger children as they grew up.
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This seem to be the most popular question ever, at least in terms of my friends list. I have one brother who I actually saw today for the first time since our dad's funeral. I would say we aren't that close. In theory it is nice to have lots of siblings as they are a sort of ready made friends group and there is the whole "blood is thicker than water". I think that more kids puts quite a financial strain on things and my parents were never really rich. My mum was one of five and they seem to get on okay though.

Laura did point out if we have another child in three years or so I will be in my mid 50s by the time they are eighteen. So realistically I think Daniel will have one or two siblings at most.

I guess my answer is that one or two siblings is probably enough. Large families seem more suited to the past. It seems you probably need a wider family group to offer support such as childcare, etc. As I mentionned my mum was one of five, but that was spread out over 20 years and they also had some of her older siblings living back at home as adults with families of their own. So you had a lot of adults as well as children all living together. That does happen so much, we could not really live with our parents in the same way.

I think another factor is the idea of parenting has moved on quite a bit. My mother's mother didn't work and just parented for 40 years. Her husband just worked and did little parenting. I guess it was hard for my grandmother to be much more than a mother. But women these days have more routes to fulfillment. Dads also have a much stronger role.

The modern idea seems to be small families where parents concentrate a lot of emotional and financial resouces on few children. In the past it was easier to have larger families with fewer such resources being used on a large number of children and the children were then expected to provide further resources to younger children as they grew up.
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This seem to be the most popular question ever, at least in terms of my friends list. I have one brother who I actually saw today for the first time since our dad's funeral. I would say we aren't that close. In theory it is nice to have lots of siblings as they are a sort of ready made friends group and there is the whole "blood is thicker than water". I think that more kids puts quite a financial strain on things and my parents were never really rich. My mum was one of five and they seem to get on okay though.

Laura did point out if we have another child in three years or so I will be in my mid 50s by the time they are eighteen. So realistically I think Daniel will have one or two siblings at most.

I guess my answer is that one or two siblings is probably enough. Large families seem more suited to the past. It seems you probably need a wider family group to offer support such as childcare, etc. As I mentionned my mum was one of five, but that was spread out over 20 years and they also had some of her older siblings living back at home as adults with families of their own. So you had a lot of adults as well as children all living together. That does happen so much, we could not really live with our parents in the same way.

I think another factor is the idea of parenting has moved on quite a bit. My mother's mother didn't work and just parented for 40 years. Her husband just worked and did little parenting. I guess it was hard for my grandmother to be much more than a mother. But women these days have more routes to fulfillment. Dads also have a much stronger role.

The modern idea seems to be small families where parents concentrate a lot of emotional and financial resouces on few children. In the past it was easier to have larger families with fewer such resources being used on a large number of children and the children were then expected to provide further resources to younger children as they grew up.
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"First Post"
All the way back in August 2001. And there is only one gramatical error in the first entry...
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"First Post"
All the way back in August 2001. And there is only one gramatical error in the first entry...
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"First Post"
All the way back in August 2001. And there is only one gramatical error in the first entry...
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I have never hugged a stranger, nor have I even been thumped by a stranger. Coincidence? I think no.

I don't remember being on the end of an unexpected embrace either.
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I have never hugged a stranger, nor have I even been thumped by a stranger. Coincidence? I think no.

I don't remember being on the end of an unexpected embrace either.
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I have never hugged a stranger, nor have I even been thumped by a stranger. Coincidence? I think no.

I don't remember being on the end of an unexpected embrace either.
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A world in which I find a world without Star Trek a dark and terrible place would be a dark and terrible place.
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A world in which I find a world without Star Trek a dark and terrible place would be a dark and terrible place.
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A world in which I find a world without Star Trek a dark and terrible place would be a dark and terrible place.
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
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Well I met Laura after having found her on here and next year we get married. It all seems like a long time ago now!

I remember we spent time talking about various livejournal people many of whom aren't really on my friends list or around anymore. It all seemed pretty natural at the time though probably the alcohol.
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Good question. I think it often seems to change, so at different times it means different things.

*Sometimes I regard it as an outlet for my writing or ideas. When I started I think I even saw livejournal as a way of advertising myself.
*At other times it is straightforward journal recording what I am doing or thinking at a specific point in time.
*At other times it is a way to interact with and met new people.
*Finally it offers communities which allow forums for discussing issues.

I feel that LJ is for various reason not idea at any of the functions.
*In terms of an outlet for views and writing I tend to rarely receive comments for my best stuff, and the lack of searchablity makes it certain that they only have a limited life in the public domain.
*As a journal I have learnt on several occasions what you write anywhere on the net is never really private and so you are always constrained. And because you are publishing something you always have to mindful of how it will be received by other people/readers.
*As a way to interact with people it is ok, but I feel online friendships have a very different character to real ones. I have not physically met more than a handful of people from the net, and to be honest of those that I have I probably only regard Laura as the one I was actually glad to have met. I also wonder if it allows some friendships to last longer than they should have done.
*As a forum the lack of searchability is a major irritation. And I also think the way posts are sorted by posting data rather than the last comment received means that on a lot of communities any debate is pretty soon crushed down into two people arguing with each other whilst everyone else moves on.
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Good question. I think it often seems to change, so at different times it means different things.

*Sometimes I regard it as an outlet for my writing or ideas. When I started I think I even saw livejournal as a way of advertising myself.
*At other times it is straightforward journal recording what I am doing or thinking at a specific point in time.
*At other times it is a way to interact with and met new people.
*Finally it offers communities which allow forums for discussing issues.

I feel that LJ is for various reason not idea at any of the functions.
*In terms of an outlet for views and writing I tend to rarely receive comments for my best stuff, and the lack of searchablity makes it certain that they only have a limited life in the public domain.
*As a journal I have learnt on several occasions what you write anywhere on the net is never really private and so you are always constrained. And because you are publishing something you always have to mindful of how it will be received by other people/readers.
*As a way to interact with people it is ok, but I feel online friendships have a very different character to real ones. I have not physically met more than a handful of people from the net, and to be honest of those that I have I probably only regard Laura as the one I was actually glad to have met. I also wonder if it allows some friendships to last longer than they should have done.
*As a forum the lack of searchability is a major irritation. And I also think the way posts are sorted by posting data rather than the last comment received means that on a lot of communities any debate is pretty soon crushed down into two people arguing with each other whilst everyone else moves on.

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