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19 February 2015 @ 04:45 pm
Well, that was overdue.....  
Made a massive friends-cut. Lots of dead journals. Lots of people who haven't commented in, like, agggggggggggggggges, LOL! And I think going to make my journal friends-only because of, you know, fandom-stuffies, LOL, or at least my TVD posts that way. Still thinking about. We'll see how I feel tonight! Now I just have to update my massively being forever-since updated profile!

ETA: Well, for about 10 hours I had the TVD post on friends lock, but decided against it because as much as I would love the back-and-forth discussions (because they add so much), I don't just write these for myself, so I unlocked the post. I still totes need to update my profile though, LOL!
 
 
 
Mattghidorah15 on February 20th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh...okay, then. Not to sound selfish, but will I be allowed on? Your journal tends to be a lot more positive than Tumblr.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on February 20th, 2015 05:44 am (UTC)
OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just friended you.
k_stjamesk_stjames on February 20th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
What happened?
Arabianarabian on February 20th, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
Just tired honestly of putting so much of myself out there with my posts and getting so little in return basically. I know it sounds silly but it makes me not want to write them and I don't want to not write them, so hopefully this will stop making me feel that way.
k_stjamesk_stjames on February 20th, 2015 06:30 am (UTC)
Makes sense and is an understandable position to take given the amount of work and thought you put into your recaps. You've gotta do what you feel is best for you.

I'll admit lately that RL seems to be getting in the way of support DE community effort at large. Too much work, too much travel / jet lag and some apathy for the SL equal less than stellar suppory.
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)02arabian on February 21st, 2015 03:14 am (UTC)
I get that which is why I'm trying to make this more about those who do genuinely, I guess want to make to make the time to share in the TVD discussion, you know?

I did add you as a friend, though, because I recognize your name and I've seen you respond now and then and you did take the time to respond here which I appreciate. It would be awesome if you could respond to episode posts when you have the time and are up for it. I really do love to hear from other people who love the show like I do.

Edited at 2015-02-21 03:16 am (UTC)
k_stjamesk_stjames on February 21st, 2015 03:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for adding me. I'll admit to being a slacker which is selfish - but I appreciate the effort that people put into the post that I enjoy tremendously - clearly I need to be more vocal.
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)01arabian on February 22nd, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Vocal would be nice, but life is life, I get that. :)
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Arabian: Damon15arabian on February 20th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, it feels like except for about 4/5 people, no one's reading my entries (based on the fact that only 4/5 people respond). I put so much of myself out there with my posts and I feel like I get so little in return basically. I know it sounds silly but it makes me not want to write them and I don't want to not write them, so hopefully this will stop making me feel that way. I just don't want to stop writing my TVD posts because it helps me enjoy the show more.
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Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)06arabian on February 20th, 2015 12:11 pm (UTC)
Well, considering my last post was nearly 5,000 words and took me nearly 7 hours to complete, and literally 4 people (FOUR people!) responded, I find that pretty hard hard to believe honestly. I really, truly do. If people actually appreciated my posts, they would at least pop in and write something, engage some kind of discussion with me. Something.

You're telling me now that you like my posts, but how could I possibly know that? I've seen your name maybe once or twice in comments. I'm not asking for a long, meta response. I'm not asking for a breakdown, detailed back and forth discussion. I want to hear your thoughts too. Your thoughts on my thoughts, what you agree, disagree with.

I don't want to write these in a vacuum. Look back at my earlier posts and see all the wonderful discussion back and forth between me and other commenters. So many other great points in the episode, deeper meanings and wonderful things discovered were brought up through discussion because of people commenting to my posts and the back and forth. But when no one is commenting (well, only 3-5 people), that's not going to happen. So I feel that I (and other TVD fans) are missing out on getting even more enjoyment that could be had.
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Arabian: Damon04arabian on February 21st, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Don't feel that you can only comment if you watch live, sometimes letting the episode percolate in your brain can bring up more fun stuff, and reading my posts and picking them apart, adding your thoughts, responding to what I say is a lot of fun too! And you can get more out of the episode that way as well. And trust me, it's not rubbish. You love the show, I love the show, that's what we're here for! As long as you share with me in our mutual love, I'm going to want to hear from you. I will friend you in the hopes that you are going to join in the discussion. (Obviously, I haven't written the most recent post yet though. It's coming.)
jairem08jairem08 on February 20th, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
If you decide this I hope I can come here? My safe TVD haven?
Arabian: Damon08arabian on February 20th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
I friended you. You will be able to see my posts. :)
Florencia: DE (Vampires)florencia7 on February 20th, 2015 04:47 am (UTC)
I wanna stay! I wanna stay!!! lol
Arabian: Elena12arabian on February 20th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
Duh, of course, silly! :D
tj2013tj2013 on February 20th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
Oooh, I would love to stay and read your posts. You are my happy TVD place!!! I can totally understand why you are frustrated, but I hope you will go on and share your thoughts. Friends???
Arabian: Damon14arabian on February 20th, 2015 09:51 am (UTC)
I already friended you, m'dear. :)
tj2013tj2013 on February 21st, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! :-)
Arabian: Matt02arabian on February 22nd, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
No problem. Although, I did decide to keep the posts public, but I hope that more people respond. I don't have high hopes, but we'll see. :)
ab4157ab4157 on February 20th, 2015 09:16 am (UTC)
gah i just got an account, so i could maybe hopefully continue to read your awesome recaps/reviews. i don't even know how this works but i just added you as a friend. i will try to comment from now on! sorry for not doing so before..I suck.. And thanks for writing all of the ones in the past. I just started watching TVD this summer/fall, and you seriously have added so much enjoyment to my watching of the show. I especially love your thoughts about Stefan. So many DE shippers hate him and never even try to understand him. And so many people (at least since I've started watching) just spend time complaining about the show in general on tumblr/youtube/imdb...when they could just not watch it if they don't enjoy it? Anyway, thanks for spending the time to write out your insightful, positive (so grateful for that aspect of them) posts.
Arabian: Damon & Elena35arabian on February 20th, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
If you respond to the posts, I will friend you. Because that is what I want. I just said to a commenter up top that it's what matters to me. It's what in part makes the show more enjoyable. I'm not asking for a long, meta response. I'm not asking for a breakdown, detailed back and forth discussion. I want to hear your thoughts too. Your thoughts on my thoughts, what you agree, disagree with.

I don't want to write these in a vacuum. Look back at my earlier posts and see all the wonderful discussion back and forth between me and other commenters. So many other great points in the episode, deeper meanings and wonderful things discovered were brought up through discussion because of people commenting to my posts and the back and forth. But when no one is commenting (well, only 3-5 people), that's not going to happen. So I feel that I (and other TVD fans) are missing out on getting even more enjoyment that could be had.

ETA: I realized that if I don't friend you, you won't see the posts and won't have a chance to respond, duh! So I friended you. I'm going to try and get 6.15's post up sometime in the next 12 hours. :)

Edited at 2015-02-21 03:16 am (UTC)
ab4157ab4157 on February 21st, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
Yup. That definitely makes sense. I'll post from now on:)
Arabian: Caroline07arabian on February 22nd, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
The post isn't friends-locked, but I do hope you decide to comment. :)
ab4157ab4157 on February 23rd, 2015 09:04 am (UTC)
Yup, just did so!
Arabian: Bonnie02arabian on February 23rd, 2015 10:26 am (UTC)
Hey, I can ask you what may seem like an odd thing? Can you take your second comment to my episode post and respond not to YOUR comment but to my original post as well? It makes it a lot easier to keep track of responding to comments when all of your comments just respond to my original post as opposed to your different comments. If you'll see florencia7 did that. She, like you, had to use two comments to respond to me and so she just responded both comments to my original post, she didn't respond to her comment. I LOVE the fact that you needed two comments to respond and it hopefully means that you'll be a wordy commenter (LOVE THAT SO MUCH!), but it just makes it a lot easier to respond and keep track.

So can you just copy/paste your 2nd comment and re-respond to my post with that comment? Pretty please? :D :D

ETA: Oh, if you want icons (I believe you can still get 15 of them with basic LJ) feel free to check out my many TVD-related icons in this post: TVD Round-Up Post. This actually has links to ALL of my main TVD posts, my episode write-ups, past spec posts, icon posts, fanfic links, gif posts, miscellaneous posts, etc.).

I responded to your first comment, and once you re-post your 2nd comment to the original post as opposed as a comment to your comment, I'll respond to that one. :)

Edited at 2015-02-23 10:47 am (UTC)
ab4157ab4157 on February 23rd, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, copied and pasted. I'll check out the icons another time!
Arabian: Bonnie03arabian on February 24th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. (And again, so glad to see you commenting. Love your insights!)
emiv: stock | toolsemiv on February 20th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
True fact: One the only reasons I still log on to LJ these days is to read your TVD recaps (literally, this is reason I'm on here right now, because it's a Friday morning, post-TVD!) I rarely (OK, never, these days) comment, but I will say that I still very much enjoy reading your reactions and thoughts and such and will endeavor to comment more, because you are right: writing in a vacuum is the pits and fandom is most fun when it is shared. :)
Arabian: Caroline06arabian on February 21st, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know you were still watching TVD let alone reading my posts. You were one of my favorite commenters, I would appreciate it if you went back to commenting, I got a lot out of your comments and gained new stuff sometimes from our discussions.
emiv: to | klausemiv on March 13th, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, I had no idea! :D

Yes, I definitely still watch TVD, semi-religiously even (if I don't catch it as it airs, I always catch up a day or two later online); I've just not been much in the fandom sphere as of late. I did begin a lengthy, rambling draft of a comment to your last episode post, but the days got away from me and then it no longer felt relevant! This time around should be better, though. :)
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline13arabian on March 14th, 2015 06:06 am (UTC)
A day later, a week later, a month later, a year later... it's always relevant!!! I wanna hear!!!

And, yeah, I know I still haven't written my post for the last episode. :(
Frust-sheep: sheep: bluefrust_sheep on February 21st, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Sad to hear arabian, but it is really understandable, when you feel this way.

I looked just now on LJ to see, if you already posted your insights of the last TVD episode. *sniffle sniffle* But I guess I still have to wait to read it and of course I really hope, that then I still can read that entry. But of course it is your decision to decide...
Arabian: Bonnie04arabian on February 21st, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
I friended you to make sure that you can still read the posts because you do generally make an effort to leave a comment. :)
Frust-sheep: sheep: from sheep to teddyfrust_sheep on February 23rd, 2015 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! That makes me so happy. :)
Arabian: Damon18arabian on February 24th, 2015 07:56 am (UTC)
No problem. :)
(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Lurker loving your posts
Hi there - just wanted to say that I look forward to your episode breakdowns every week - I don't have an account, but hope I will be able to continue seeing your awesome posts. Take care!

Arabian: Bonnie05arabian on February 22nd, 2015 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: Lurker loving your posts
The post is no longer friends-locked, but I as I stated to some other people above, even anon, you can still comment and I'd loved to hear your thoughts. I'm not asking for a long, meta response. I'm not asking for a breakdown, detailed back and forth discussion. I want to hear your thoughts too. Your thoughts on my thoughts, what you agree, disagree with.

I don't want to write these in a vacuum. Look back at my earlier posts and see all the wonderful discussion back and forth between me and other commenters. So many other great points in the episode, deeper meanings and wonderful things discovered were brought up through discussion because of people commenting to my posts and the back and forth. But when no one is commenting (well, only 3-5 people), that's not going to happen. So I feel that I (and other TVD fans) are missing out on getting even more enjoyment that could be had.
katiebug78: VD Elijah BAMFkatiebug78 on February 22nd, 2015 04:47 am (UTC)
Do you feel cleansed?

I admit to not commenting as I am miles behind on TVD, so don't want to be spoiled....
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on February 22nd, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Eh, not really, but I did clean out some dead journals. I think I'll feel cleansed when I finally update my profile, LOL!

How behind are you?
sister septemberjuneghost on February 26th, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
I want to be a friend, but unfortunately I write only in Finnish. :(
Arabian: Caroline06arabian on March 2nd, 2015 09:28 am (UTC)
Well, I haven't made my journal friends-only, so it's OK. :) Plus, I know I still have to respond to your pm. I've been feeling pretty sick lately, but me and my doctor think we know what's wrong with me and I'm almost all better, so I'll get back to you in the next week or so. Just busy.....
Rusty Dog's Mamazeldabel on March 29th, 2015 01:15 am (UTC)
Do you mind if I add you as a friend? I really need someone vocal to discuss my Vampire Diaries obsession with. :-)

Arabian: Stefan & Caroline09arabian on March 29th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
Not a problem. Feel free to check out my TVD posts and see if you agree with my thoughts. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts, and hopefully we can mesh. :)
Rusty Dog's Mamazeldabel on March 29th, 2015 09:21 pm (UTC)
Do you post your icons anywhere? I'm in desperate need of new ones.
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline05arabian on March 29th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!

TVD Round-Up is on the side-bar of my LJ and has links to all my posts, all my icons, all my gifs, all my fanfic! Have at it!
Rusty Dog's Mamazeldabel on April 3rd, 2015 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow!! Thank you!