I've been blogging on LJ and/or DW for more than a decade.
I've been online for far longer - BB and I figure we've been sailing the sea since 1996, well before the Web. Back then, my connection with fandom was Old School, and Usenet was my lifeline. RASFF*, of blessed memory, kept me busy well into the night every night, back in the days when we couldn't be online and get phone calls at the same time. (I still recall the song of the modem, something you youngsters might not recognize.) Today I can't even access Usenet, and the last time I did, RASFF was shell filled with spam.
Getting involved with online fandom, first via TWoP and then through LJ and (eventually) Dreamwidth, more than filled the void. It introduced me to some amazing, talented, kind people. It was where I picked up a pen and started writing fiction again. It was where I learned to be less self-congratulatory in matters of this world - politics, identity, and other issues - and at least a little more willing to learn, to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It has been truly far more rewarding than I ever expected it to be. Thank you all for making that the case.
I don't expect to maintain my LJ after a few more weeks, but I'm so glad I came here in the first place.
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