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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 12:50 pm
Some burning questions

I've found that my f-list has gotten a little out-of-control (in terms of size), and that it's stressful trying to keep up with it. I'm curious how others cope with this, and I hope everyone who reads this will take a few moments to fill out this brief poll. It shouldn't take more than a minute.



And, to be honest, I'm curious who is actually reading my journal, especially since I might--possibly--need to do a little de-friending. I've been telling myself to avoid that if I possibly could, but lately I've got the impression that there are a lot of people on my f-list whose journals I'm not reading, and who are probably not reading mine either. And so, this poll is a little test of that hypothesis, too.

BTW, if you are someone who has friended me and I haven't friended you back, feel free to fill out this poll, too! If you fill it out, I'll know you are reading, and if you leave a comment introducing yourself, there's a good chance I will friend you back. Some of you seem intersting to me, but I haven't friended back because, well, I feel like I have too many people on my f-list alredy. If I end up de-friending people who are not reading my journal anyway, then I will have room for more friends who will read it.

Poll #671305 LJ f-list reading habits

How many people do you currently have friended?

0-10
2(5.3%)
11-20
1(2.6%)
21-30
3(7.9%)
31-40
4(10.5%)
41-50
5(13.2%)
51-75
5(13.2%)
76-100
11(28.9%)
101-150
6(15.8%)
151-200
1(2.6%)
More than 200
0(0.0%)

How thoroughly do you read your f-list?

I read almost every post
11(28.9%)
I skim or skip some posts
10(26.3%)
I skim or skip a lot of posts
0(0.0%)
I usually read only a selection of my f-list using a filter or filters
0(0.0%)
I somtemes read only a selection of my f-list using a filter or filters
0(0.0%)
I usually read only the most recent posts
0(0.0%)
I sometimes read only the most recent posts
1(2.6%)
I barely read my f-list at all
0(0.0%)
Other
2(5.3%)

If you chose "Other", please explain here:

What do you think of having separate journals (including blogs on other websites) for different purposes, such as one for "real life", one for fandom, one for politics, etc.?

I do that myself
4(10.5%)
I don't do that myself
2(5.3%)
I like when my friends do that
0(0.0%)
I don't like when my friends do that
2(5.3%)
I don't care much one way or the other if my friends do that
16(42.1%)


ETA: I want to apologize, because I just realized that I made the poll results public, and that some people might consider the second question a bit personal. I'll understand if you want to skip that question. Although...I'm really curious, especially, about whether people use filters to read only a selection of their flist, because that's something I've thought about doing to solve the f-list reading stress. So, if you don't mind letting me know your answer for the second question, but don't want to say it publicly, just email a quick line to me at my gmail account (my handle is the same as my LJ username). Thanks.


Thanks for your input!

Joie

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buongiornodaisy
buongiornodaisy
the second biggest jun ishikawa stan on the 'net
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)

I've recently divided my flist into filters, which you can access through the links list on my journal. With all the communitys I have friended, it's hard to skim through those posts and not skip a friend's post. I'm hoping that keeping my friends and my communities separate I can read friends' entries more often.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)

You know, I've had community and non-community filters set up for ages, but I haven't really used them. Since you commented, I've just been playing around with them the last few minutes, and I think it might be a good way to go--I could read the non-comm list first, spend all the time I want on that, and then if there's extra time, check communities. Yeah. I like it. :)


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heatherhobbit
heatherhobbit
Heather
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)

I could read the non-comm list first, spend all the time I want on that, and then if there's extra time, check communities.

That's what I usually do, and even though I don't have time to comment on all of them, I generally know what's going on with everyone and comment when I have time.


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major_dallas
major_dallas
Nate the Great
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)

Well considering my work situation, I think I have a little more time to read LJ posts than most who work for a living. There are rare days when I'm just too busy to get online though. Admittedly I may not always comment, but I do try to read what my FLIST posts. Afterall, they were kind enough to share their thoughts, least I can do is give them a moment of my time...

Outside of the fandom, I do want to know what my FLIST thinks about on real life issues both at home and abroad. If for no other reason than to maybe get different perspective than my own, especially from those who live in other parts of the world. The online fandom has turned inot a positive learning experience and I hope it continues long after Harry Potter.


Cheers


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)

I agree with you. In fact, that's why I'm so stressed and bothered by the impossibility of reading my whole f-list. When I first started my LJ, I said in my very first post that one of my main reasons for doing so was to get to know my fandom friends on a deeper level than just fandom-ness. And when I had 20, 30, even 50 people friended, I did read pretty much every post. But now that I have 90-something friends? I just can't do it. So I find myself skimming and often skipping "real life" posts and reading only fandom-related posts. ARGH! Not what I want to do at all. But it's hard...I can't keep up with the real-life occurances of that many people. So I stick to fandom because it keeps things simple--it's familiar, common ground, so it's easier and less time-consuming for me to read, process, and respond. But I don't want my friendships with fandom friends to be based solely on fandom. It's just that because I have too many friends and not enough time, that's what's happening. If I can trim down my f-list (and I've already narrowed down communities, so it's down to real people now), then I could actually spend time on reading all their posts, keeping up with their lives, and even--*gasp*--actually commenting once in a while, which is something I really haven't been doing much lately due to the time crunch.

I also haven't been getting many comments myself lately, which is a large part of why I'm wondering if some of the very people I haven't gotten to know vere well because I'm not reading their RL posts are not even reading my posts, either. If that's the case, why shouldn't we go our separate ways and give each other the gift of more time to spend on our other friends?

Just so you know, you and all my other fandom friends I've met in person are not among the people I'm thinking of de-friending. I'd also like to say, for the record, that I don't intend on de-friending anyone who really doesn't want me to, and who will make that known to me. I am mainly hoping to find out if there are any good candidates for mutual, amicable de-friending.


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ronniekins77
ronniekins77
Natalie
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)

Wanted to comment here as well. :)

How thoroughly do you read your f-list?

It really depends on how much time I have. If I have heaps of time (like on the weekends) I will read nearly every post on my flist. If I don't have a lot of time (like during the week) I will skim through a person's post. If something sticks out to me, I will read the entry in it's entirety. If not, I move on. That being said, I have 154 friends, so if I actually read each and every post & commented on each and every one, I would never get off the computer!

What do you think of having separate journals (including blogs on other websites) for different purposes, such as one for "real life", one for fandom, one for politics, etc.?

I don't see the need of having blogs on other sites. Livejournal fulfills all my needs. I signed up for a GreatestJournal and a Xanga awhile ago, never used them, and then deleted them. I much prefer this site. However, on Livejournal, I do have other journals - one for my graphics & one for my writing.


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Tue, Feb. 14th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)

agreed on the other journals thing. i recently started up a journal on myspace, and it's just nothing like my group on livejournal. the people here are so friendly and thought-provoking. i really enjoy my livejournal friends. mostly i'm just keeping the myspace account b/c i managed to find lots of friends from high school on it, and it's a good way to keep up with them. i can't see myself ever being as involved with my myspace account as i am here, though.


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heatherhobbit
heatherhobbit
Heather
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 11:10 pm (UTC)

I have 3 filters.

Filter 1-All "people" journals
Filter 2-All "people" journals and a few of my favorite communities and news feeds
Filter 3-Everything

Which filter I used depends on how much time I have. I generally scan through everything first for any really important posts or posts that I feel deserve my attention like "My Dog Died" or "He Proposed". Then I go back and try to read as many as I can. My flist has gotten out of hand, too, but I can't bring myself to drop any of the individuals. I like all of them and can't imagine taking them off. It's really difficult to keep up, especially when I'm very busy or rushed.


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solusfides
Jon
Sat, Feb. 11th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
timing

I have found that if there is a user who's posts I never read, I do eventually just remove them from the flist, but there are very few of those that I've had to do.

for the most part, I will skim through the list, and if (time permitting, and that is a huge variable) it is something that I am insterested in, I will read it.

there are some people I wouldn't mind seeing more posts from, and some that I look forward to.
For example, the users, neondragon and eldritch_sky are both artists who post their works, sketches, thoughts, etc. I find those very intriguing. The thing is, do you "read" an image... or not?

As for the "I wouldn't mind seeing more posts from...", I am as guilty as many others, but time is truly a huge variable. *sigh* I'd love to post more than I do right now.


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springdove
springdove
Kristi
Tue, Feb. 14th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm reading!

i'm reading your journal joie-bird! don't defriend me! :) see, what you need to do is just get a job where you have more time than you need to get things done. then you can spend time online when you're finished with things. :) anyhoo, good luck with your filtering and cleaning. *huggles*


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Wed, Feb. 15th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)

Twenty years later...but I was doing some catching up and actually using one of my filters here. I have a people-only filter and if I don't have a lot of time, I'll use that. No blogs or community posts. If I'm away for too long where I can't catch up, I just start reading with whatever's on my first flist page and don't go back. But I try to read every post, unless they're marked as "meme" posts and such; I skip those, but feel bad, because I like for people to comment on my memes, so it's a whole cycle there.

But it is hard, so I understand that people can't always breathlessly follow my latest exploits. ;P


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sarynx
sarynx
Jared
Fri, Feb. 24th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)

how? how?


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Sat, Feb. 25th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)

How, what? How do you set up filters?


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(Anonymous)
Sat, Feb. 25th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)

your icon said, "i'm a comment whore! ask me how" so i did. but i'm sorry for what i done!

i will not take people literally in a stupid way
i will not take people literally in a stupid way
i will not take people literally in a stupid way

i really typed all three of those, i didn't copy and paste


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alphabet26
alphabet26
that kind of girl
Mon, Feb. 27th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)

I didn't even connect my icon with that. My bad. ;P


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