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So Ginger Beer is the devil. It tastes like soda but it's not, it's alcohol. Apparently I love ginger beer, which I drink like it's soda. Not smart Xenodike, not smart.

Logging into LJ this morning I read more comments and post about people leaving and not leaving and their hearts breaking because of it. It is heartbreaking, especially for those of us who have been there a long time and remember what vibrant, active community it was before the more fast paced social media took over fandom.

Writing this from my new Dreamwidth account, and spending time on this platform for a few day's now (still waiting for my imports) I'm feeling nostalgic. The layout, they way I used to customize my journal look. I logged in to my old photobucket because DW doesn't have scrapbooks and albums and found all my old icons, old banners and headers for custom styles I once had.

These one's are by [livejournal.com profile] amavel_bel

 photo spangel_glamour_fo.jpg

friends only banner photo spangel_comecloser_fo.jpg

friends only banner photo amavel-belbelonging.jpg

I wonder what happened to her, she faded away from LJ around 2009. I hope she's out there, in some other fandom being awesome. Either way, she made great Spike/Angel custom LJ layouts and I used a lot of hers.

[livejournal.com profile] katekat1010 did this one:

katekat1010 green banner photo katekatbanner.jpg

She also did this:

shattered banner photo shatteredbanner.jpg

She made it for one of the first spangel stories I wrote that wasn't just smut. I was really proud of that story when I posted it, it had multiple chapters and a plot, it's crap but back then I was proud. This was way back when my "authors notes" wen't a little like this:

"A/N: I would like to point out that this story was written based on very little facts. I’ve done very little research so any “facts” in this story is most likely incorrect."

No research!? LOL Aw, the sweet innocence of 2006, being 24 years old and thinking you were too busy to do research... while working part time LOL.

[livejournal.com profile] vamptastica did these:

 photo spike-faces-banner.jpg

 photo x-masvamptastica1.jpg

And this colorbar... damn, I was a lot kinkier in the spangel fandom than I am these days....

 photo vamptastica1.png

I'm getting more and more convinced that I'm going to have to leave LJ. I had to change all my passwords the other night, because someone hacked my "real life" Instagram, the person who tried to steal my account came from Russian e-mail. Obviously that's probably just a big coincidence, but logging out of LJ and then coming to the front page of LJ it was all Russian. All of it. It looked the front page of an Russian online newspaper. Not the open, welcoming, international blogging platform it was twelve years ago when I signed up.

It's not LJ anymore, I can feel it now while spending time on DW, it's not LJ like it was. It makes me a little sad but more of all it reminds me what LJ was. It was vibrant and lively, open, friendly and welcoming. It's a place were most of us found close friends, people like me discovering that we were capable of creativity we didn't know we had. But, LJ has always been a platform for the people using it. And if that platform stops serving our needs, the fuck it, we'll move.

What ever anyone decided to do, I think we all need to remember that WE made LJ what it was. Not the other way around. I've loved LJ for over a decade, it's been home away from home, someplace I've felt safe to express parts of me I don't in "real life". But LJ was never the soul or the spirit of our fandom life, it was a house. But, if the house is getting rotten, we'll just relocate, that's all.


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