Today's - technically yesterday's - writing assignment from Uberdaddybear:
"Explain what the LiveJournal experience means to you."
I've always wanted to keep a journal, but have never been very good at keeping a handwritten one. Its a way to preserve my own history, but when I hand write it, it just sounds so...well, dull. It always seemed that something was really lacking. About 2 years ago now, someone directed me to my first online journal, diaryland. I found that I kept the journal better there than I had just handwriting one. From there, I found live journal and have been addicted ever since.
For me, the journal is a way to preserve my own history. Something to pass on to my kids possibly, a legacy of sorts. Its not very exciting, but its my life. Sometimes, its a way to record what I think and feel, and get feed back on it. I try to remain as open and honest as possible in the things I write, though I do find that I sometimes censor things for convenience. I find that I don't like drama, so tend to avoid it when I can.
At first, it was a way to force myself to open up, to share myself with others. I had gotten to used to just living inside my own mind, that people sometimes didn't even really see me. Hell, I can honestly say that I probably didn't know who I was anymore. I'm not sure that I have a clearer persepctive on that, but at least now I can go back and see where I've been. This journal allows me to see how I've grown. Other times this journal is a way to express frustrations and rant - though I don't have much to rant about now that I'm not working ;)
Basically, I use this forum to record various aspects of my life - from what I do with my time, to what I feel or think. Sometimes its nothing more than a list of what I've done during the day. I have another journal that I keep for my writing, and I try to visit there whenever the muse visits me. That too, was a way to force myself to share a bit of my life with others.
So far, my experience with the journal has been positive. I've avoided drama for the most part, and it seems that those who enjoy reading about my life have positive feed back for me. I greatly appreciate that. I do try to work on myself on a regular basis, always attempting to improve myself...and sometimes it doesn't seem like I get far. But, then I can always look back and see where I was this time last year :)
Live journal to me is a community of sharing.