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Starting Anew with Major Cull & Clean-Up

Hello, friends! Long time no see. I'm throwing my hat back into the LJ ring. I allowed FB to take over, and I've really come to dislike the entire FB culture. The 'like'-clicking, meme-sharing, troll-fighting environment is not good for me. I miss having a safe place to bare my heart and soul. I missing meaningful connections with my friends. I want that back. My sanity needs that back.

So even though livejournal has been officially pronounced dead, I'm going to flog this horse til it gets up and works for me. Gonna pretty much start completely over. I've already picked a new theme, consolidated/fixed tags (probably need more work there), and cleaned up my profile. Back when I first said I was returning, I 'nudged' everyone who hadn't posted in a year or more. Hopefully some returned. Most folks tell me they never plan to.

Since I'm starting anew, I'm going to do a major cull. If you are still here, let me know! A brief perusal through a few pages of f-list shows few personal journals, and most of those are cross-posts from DW or twitter. I guess I'll probably drop cross-post only journals too. If I remove someone and you're still here and want to stay, let me know! Since I've been talking about this for a few years now, I figure everyone who's gone is probably staying that way.

I will probably keep this journal much more tightly locked than before, after a few bad incidents with sketchy people. If you're here, please honor the locked posts. Do not share my personal stuff. You'd think that'd be common sense, but I've learned not.

If you know of active communities or friends that I should be involved with, let me know. I'm trying to swap FB for LJ pretty much entirely now.

Things that I plan to discuss here:

My farm
Steps toward self-sufficiency
My family
Home/Unschooling
Goals & Accountability
Writing
Book Challenge & Book Reviews
Spirituality
Reiki
Shamanic Journeying
Healthy Cooking/Recipes
Health & Fitness
Birth/Doula/AP/Breastfeeding Awareness & Education
Generally just sharing me & my path again

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dodging_fate
Feb. 2nd, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
I think a lot of us are returning quality rather than quantity and limiting Facebook to return energy to LJ :)
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
I really hope so!
llblckraincloud
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm still here. :) I like LJ regardless of how inactive it is. :) Makes it more personal and safe.
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:46 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad a few people are. I could definitely use a little more safe & personal lately.
stasia
Feb. 2nd, 2015 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm still here, even if I'm not posting as much as I'd like. I want to have a more complete record of my life, so I'm planning on posting more.

Stasia
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 05:17 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it! I'm going to really try to stick with it this time.
felisdemens
Feb. 2nd, 2015 06:40 am (UTC)
Still here! I read everything, every day.
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I'm trying to get back in that habit. I've noticed that I definitely have been facebook-washed, in that I rarely comment (too used to clicking 'like) and my eyes tend to glaze over at long posts. lol But the first step is admitting you have a problem!
theafaye
Feb. 2nd, 2015 11:35 am (UTC)
Well I'm still here after FB chucked me off! I tend to cross post links to my blog, but I comment a lot, and I'd hate to lose touch with you.
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:56 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad! I saw a few of your crossposts and was afraid you had left for greener pastures as well. I noticed your disappearance from FB. What happened?
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rosegardenfae
Feb. 2nd, 2015 01:59 pm (UTC)
Just added you as a friend as it seems we have some things in common and like you I have been away from LJ for a while and am disillusioned with FB. Have lived on the land for over 40 years now, former Deadhead. Been gardening organically for all those years and though children are grown have plenty of grandchildren and great grands around much of the time. Also am Level 2 Reiki. So hope we can become friends and learn from each other. In love and light...Rose
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
Hello, and thanks so much for the friendship! So glad to make a new LJ friend. We do have a lot in common! We've had our little homestead for 5 yrs now, though we're still not living off the land/self-sufficient as we had hoped. I'm working on it, though! I live in a very conservative area where people seem to scoff at or mistrust reiki, but I've been thinking lately that I need to find a way to revive my reiki school. I have my own personal practice, but I miss working with others and teaching.

Anyway, look forward to getting to know you better!
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allyra
Feb. 2nd, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm still here! I read almost every day, though my post count has gone through the floor.
ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get back in the habit of both now. Glad to know you're still here!
mrsgirlyduck
Feb. 2nd, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm still here too. :-)
I keep meaning to post more, it's just hard when my FL is pretty much dead. But I guess talking to myself is better than not talking at all. Lol

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ahavah
Feb. 2nd, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
More folks are here than I thought! I'm excited! Well, I'll try to get back on the ball so your FL is not quite as dead.
paleologa
Feb. 3rd, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm still here, reading but not posting!
ahavah
Feb. 3rd, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
Sorry! I've added you back. Glad to know you're still around!
maiabee8
Feb. 3rd, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
I'm still here!
ahavah
Feb. 3rd, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! I still hope to meet up in person one day soon.
salleesuewho
Feb. 3rd, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
You've inspired me to return
I've not been on here too much. Defiantly not posted in years, but I do hop on and see what's going on occasion. I do want someplace to be more private. I'll be on facebook still since I can keep in touch with "people I know" and my far flung family members; but I'd like to write more about personal things.

Thanks for the nudge!
ahavah
Feb. 3rd, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: You've inspired me to return
I'm so glad! Your message made me so happy. I've added you back. Sorry about that! Look forward to posting with you again. ♥
fliz0ntoast
Feb. 4th, 2015 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hi, I added you as a friend, and I'd love to be added back. We have a friend in common (llblckraincloud), and we've been in some of the same groups. I think we have a lot in common, and I've just recently come back to LJ too. :)
ahavah
Feb. 5th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hello, and thanks for the friendship! I happily added you back. I knew your name looked familiar! Another DZ writer. I have a recent (f-locked) post about favorite old communities I want to try reviving. I almost listed the DZ groups, as that really helped me, but since it wasn't my community, I left it off the list and figured I'd just focus on my own writing group.
angelofmysoul
Feb. 5th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
<3
Sounds good Darlin'! I'm back with you! You get to read all about my emo blog! Hopefully good will come of it too!
ahavah
Feb. 5th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: <3
I'm so glad you're here! I get to do some work up at Cindy's today, but hopefully I'll have time to catch up my f-list this evening.
jeweledpen
Feb. 5th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
Well I have never really been good at keeping up with journaling in any form, but it is a goal I have always wanted to do, so I am joining you. I am here and I am going to try to post every couple days at least. I welcome friends, but my posts might be mainly rambles about my boring life for awhile lol. I do totally agree about Facebook.
ahavah
Feb. 5th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're here with me! I'm kind of hit-or-miss with journaling too, but I want to be more hit than miss now. :)
thepheenixeyri
Feb. 5th, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
Psst...

I'm still here. I mostly read, thee days, though.

Might change that if I find the time.

Sad the LJ wouldn't go the way of things, but it has. :(

-P
ahavah
Feb. 5th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that! I'm glad to know you're still here. I've added you again, and I do hope to see your posts sometimes.
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