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[livejournal.com profile] fannishliss wrote a blog entry in which she encourages people to take a pledge: Bring commenting culture back online, and to Live Journal.


I think this is a fantastic idea.  It's one of the things I loved so much about LJ to begin with-- it's the perfect format for sharing art, writing, and blogging, while supporting a very interactive feedback system.  You can actually talk to people here, hold conversations, and I loved that.  But, as social networking sites have multiplied exponentially over the past several years, people are migrating elsewhere.  Which is okay-- I role play on Tumblr, have a Facebook, keep backups and a private blog on Dreamwidth, even toy a bit with Wordpress.  But none of these have quite the combination of creative platform and interactivity that LJ has (except maybe Dreamwidth, which is pretty much an LJ clone, but I can never quite fully integrate myself over there).

And I've been guilty of it.  My friends page is pretty large-- not as big as some, but big enough that I often quickly skim through it, and thus rarely leave comments, though I always try to respond to people commenting on my blog (which I'm not perfect with either-- I've been known to miss comments sometimes, or to delay response a ridiculous length of time).  I know that sometimes it can be difficult to come up with that perfectly phrased response to a work of fiction, a personal blog, or a drawing, but I don't think I'm alone in saying that even a single, succinct acknowledgement can often make an entry worth posting.  So yeah, I'm going to take that pledge, because I think it's a good pledge.

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