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June 12th, 2003

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02:08 am - Second lap! Go, go, go! Hurry up! Hurry up!
My LiveJournal recently celebrated its first birthday. For completeness and for those who care about stats a little too much, like me, here's a summary. jiggery_pokery: The First Year In Figures

Journal entries: 248 (247 different)
Public entries: 231
Friends-only entries: 11
Custom-friends-group-only: 2
Nimbus-roommates-friends-group-only: 1
Private entries: 3

Comments received: 2,304 (average of 9.404 per non-private entry, approximately 30% of which were made by me)
Comments posted: 4,896 (average of 13.413 per day)
Number of communities joined: 17
Estimated number of posts made to communities: maybe 20? I believe this isn't counted in the 248.

Number of LiveJournal invite codes used: 10
Number of communities started: 1 (t00baria - had a good run, now dormant once more)
Number of actively pursued LiveJournals started: 6
Number of LiveJournals otherwise inspired: 2, I think

Number of Friends listed: 143
Number of communities followed on Friends page: 12
Number of syndicated feeds followed on Friends page: 14
Number of "real" LJ Friends: 116
Number of Friends reciprocating friendship: 92 (source: Kelvin
Number of Friends not reciprocating friendship: 22
Other (116 - 92 - 22) friends: lj_maintenance and news
OK, that makes the real number of "real" LJ Friends: 114
Number of people whose friendship I do not reciprocate: 27
Attitude towards those 27 people: deeply sheepish, begging of your indulgence, hoping you don't mind too much and that you still enjoy reading
22 - 27: -5
Meaning of this -5: Does it have one? You tell me
Number I like: 47

Number of different people producing the journals of the 114 "real" LJ Friends: 108, I think
Number of Friends I would trust with my life, if the alternative were a painless, instantaneous death: about 85
Number of people I have met with at least one journal Friending me: 45, but this will go up this weekend
Number of people I have met on 3+ separate occasions with at least one journal Friending me: 16, but this too will go up this weekend
Number of people at whose houses (or in whose rooms) I have slept with at least one journal Friending me: probably 11
Number of people I have fantasised about and/or vaguely seriously considered as a partner with at least one journal Friending me: 8, to various extents of seriousness
Number of Friends I would trust with my life, if the alternative were an intensely painful death: two?

Word counts include titles, but do not include moods, music or text in replies/comments. I estimate that 5% of the text in my LJ is quoted from elsewhere, with the rest being original.

Journal entries, first 3 months: 40
Journal entry word count, first 3 months: 53,707
Average journal entry length, first 3 months: 1,342 words

Journal entries, second 3 months: 82 (first 6 months: 122)
Journal entry word count, second 3 months: 84,633 (first 6 months: 138,340)
Average journal entry length, second 3 months: 1,032 words

Journal entries, third 3 months: 63 (first 9 months: 185)
Journal entry word count, third 3 months: 73,719 (first 9 months: 212,059)
Average journal entry length, third 3 months: 1,170 words

Journal entries, fourth 3 months: 63 (first 12 months: 248)
Journal entry word count, fourth 3 months: 59,582 (first 12 months: 271,651)
Average journal entry length, fourth 3 months: 946 words

Average time spent per entry made: probably about an hour
Average time spent on LiveJournal per day: something like 4-5 hours, I'd guess

From the last 100 entries:
  • 43% mention games
  • 24% mention game shows
  • 23% mention sports
  • 19% mention LiveJournal, its features and culture
  • 14% mention puzzles
  • 14% mention Harry Potter fans and fandom meetings
  • 13% mention Harry Potter in terms of the story itself
  • 13% mention politics
  • 12% mention transport at large
  • 11% mention sex
  • 10% mention my own travel
  • 9% mention my dreams
  • 9% mention surveys, links going round, viral concepts and the like
  • 5% mention adverts
This does not add up to 100%, because some entries trigger many of these categories and other entries trigger none at all.

My favourite entries of the year largely come into three categories:

Much more importantly, the most emphatic lessons I have learnt over the first year of LiveJournalism include:
  • I am goal-oriented to a point where it might be problematic,
  • I am less unlike other people than I had realised,
  • There are more people who are "like me" than I had realised and
  • My ego is very, very large indeed.
All par for the course for LiveJournalists, I shouldn't wonder.

Quick competition. Deadline: end of the month. Prize (probably two months of paid time, possibly one hour of writing time on a subject of your choice) for the winner, who is the person to come closest to the correct figure. Ties broken at whim.
Poll #144798 How many entries will I have made by the end of my second year of LiveJournal?

Erm... just how many entries will I have made by the end of my second year of LiveJournal? (Rules above.)

The answer could be as few as 249. After all, a few of my Friends have stopped updating their LiveJournals, some have even posted effectively final entries. Happily, they've all been happy endings so far. Here's to happy endings.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: "Ocean Loader V2" - Galway arr. Abbott

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Date:June 11th, 2003 08:45 pm (UTC)

Happy endings

What kind of happy endings were there where a person posted a final entry but it was happy? How is the ending of an LJ happy? (I don't find it inconceivable, I just can't conceive it.)
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Date:June 11th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy endings

H'm - looking at it again, I had two examples in mind. One of them has the "final" post being friends-only. It roughly said that "I'm happy. I miss all of you very much. However, these days, instead of LiveJournal, I'm doing..." and then listed about six very happy and very positive things that the poster was doing. Now maybe that's not completely close-the-door final, but if it turns out to be final in practice then it at least has a sense of completion to it - the end of a LiveJournal phase and an indication of why the phase ended, what's in the phase which replaced it.

The other example I was thinking of was very much along the same lines (nothing for a couple of months, an indication of why nothing and what has replaced it) except that it hasn't turned out to be so final after all. :-)
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Date:June 12th, 2003 04:15 am (UTC)

Re: Happy endings

My guess for the number-of-entries-you'll-have-posted-in-a-year's-time factors in my hope and suspicion that you're going to find something happy which, though you'd like to write about it, will use all your writing time (-:
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Date:March 20th, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)

This actually dates from my "first anniversary of LJ" post

I award you plural prescience points.
Date:June 11th, 2003 09:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations and happy birthday, livejournal!
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Date:June 11th, 2003 11:37 pm (UTC)
Happy LJ Anniversary! :)
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Date:June 12th, 2003 01:28 am (UTC)
So, um, how long did it take you to do the whole statistics thing?
Date:June 12th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
The real question is not "how many entries will you make" but how careful will you be to NOT make as many entries as were predicted, thus avoiding having to pay off?


Impressive statistical work, but I would expect no less from you.

And as for the life-in-others'-hands thing:
(1) It's terrific that you feel that way.
(2) When you come right down to it, aren't ALL of our lives in each others' hands?
(3) If I mispunctuated "each others'," will somebody please explain how I should have done it?
Date:June 15th, 2003 09:32 pm (UTC)
3) I believe that you punctuated correctly -- showing possession by a plural entity. The trick that makes this particular usage seem confusing is that an individual has two hands, and while you're talking about potentially many individuals, in essence you're also talking of significantly more hands than individuals. (Unless of course the people whom Chris trusts with his life under various circumstances are those with only a single opposable appendage.) If instead you'd gone the "one another's" route instead of the "each others'", the apostrophe would lie just after the "r," as "one" indicates a singular entity with multiple hands.

Date:June 12th, 2003 07:28 am (UTC)

Happy Belated LJ-Day!

Number of Friends I would trust with my life, if the alternative were a painless, instantaneous death: about 85
Number of Friends I would trust with my life, if the alternative were an intensely painful death: two?

This provoked a serious thought (I do have them every now and then) - notwithstanding the actual numbers, I feel sure that I'd trust more people with my life in the latter case than the former. I would have thought they'd be more careful with it in those circumstances.

I know that picklepuss and myself are two of the beneficiaries of your invite codes. Might you at some point recap who else you've brought into the madness?

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