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A Personal Milestone [Mar. 7th, 2014|09:34 am]
Tony Grist
I began this blog on March 7, 2004. Ten years ago.

I took Poliphilo from a book I was reading at the time. His name means lover of all things. The book is called Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. which I roughly translate as Poliphilo's Eroticdreambattle. It's an Italian Book-  late 15th century. Poliphilo is journeying in search of his truelove, through a landscape full of impossible buildings and Botticelli maidens. it's weird. It could well be the weirdest book ever written.

The author was probably a man called Francesco Colonna- who was a monk. The Hypnerotomachia isn't a monkish book, but then a lot of monks weren't monkish either.
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I forget why I chose Livejournal as my blogging venue. I don't believe it was recommended to me. I think I just happened on it- either by chance or by asking Google to find me a free blogging site. After a while- after I realized I was serious about blogging- I put down the money for a permanent account.

My first posts were exercises in creative writing. Nobody read them.

Ten years ago Livejournal was at the frontier of something. Then the frontier moved, as it always does. ,The cattle barons with their rolls of barbed wire will always win- if you can call it winning.

Billy, they don't like you to be so free.

But I've hung around. A lot of people went elsewhere. To Twitter and Facebook. Or to other blogging sites. But I was hardly even tempted. Livejournal suits me. I like how it's both a social networking site and a place where serious blogging happens.

Ten years. That's almost a sixth of my life.
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2014-03-07 09:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations. I'm very glad you're still here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 10:05 am (UTC)
Thanks.

This is my home from home.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-03-07 09:52 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 10:05 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2014-03-07 10:11 am (UTC)
You are central to the whole thing! If you wanted your work to have a bigger readership, you could link to it from twitter and facebook.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 11:24 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Do I want a bigger readership? I'm not sure. I've been on Facebook and I really didn't like it.
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2014-03-07 11:22 am (UTC)
I celebrated my 10 years last June. And yes, this still is the place where I go when I want to write stuff I will want to remember. All the other places are just. window dressing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 11:25 am (UTC)
No other site has quite the same ambience.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2014-03-07 12:16 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary. I like it on LJ - it feels more sheltered and more amenable to proper discussions.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Yes, you can pretty much rely on LJers to be thoughtful and well-behaved.
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From: artkouros
2014-03-07 12:27 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought about how I found LJ and for a while I couldn't remember - then I did. There was a dating website called OutinAmerica, and a guy named Andre had a link on his profile to his LJ. That's how it started, 10 years ago exactly a month from now. Andre is long gone.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 12:30 pm (UTC)
Very few of the people I knew in the early days are still around. Some have left, some have gone silent, and some have died....
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From: cmcmck
2014-03-07 12:35 pm (UTC)
It's good that you are here and it's good to be here when it'll let me, but LJ is in a slow motion collapse, sadly and that's why I base and post on DW now.

In the latest piece of stupidity, their editing suite is no longer fully functional for those of us who use IE- as ever, they make excuses, but they provide no solutions.

Sigh :o(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's not what it was, but it's been good to me and I owe it my loyalty.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2014-03-07 01:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

I'm up to eleven years now, I think, and it's hard to imagine life without LJ. It's a wonderful record of my last decade.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and well done, you!

LJ is important to me. It has enriched my life enormously.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2014-03-07 03:19 pm (UTC)
My 10 year mark happened last year in September. Lj suits me perfectly despite the ups and downs. I've never even been tempted to be unfaithful to it.

So, congratulations! We have known each other here for a good part of our respective 10 years and I am very glad you're still here.

It has been good to read through the comments and see quite a few others whose loyalties haven't wavered.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
And I'm glad you're still around too. There's no other site quite like LJ.
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From: athenais
2014-03-07 04:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. I ran my own blog for years, before they were actually blogs that did the work for you and a person had to write their own HTML, but I've been quite happy at LJ. Joined about six years ago. Nothing else will do for those of us who like writing at length.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

10 years ago I was looking for a site that would make blogging easy (there was no way I was going to learn to write HTML) and LJ was it.
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[User Picture]From: basefinder
2014-03-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your first decade on LJ. I will hit that mark this summer.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2014-03-07 07:55 pm (UTC)
But I've hung around.

I'm very glad you have.

Happy ten years!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-07 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: chochiyo_sama
2014-03-08 03:55 am (UTC)
I read your fiction about the young girl who became immortal. I loved that story.

I don't know how long I've been on livejournal, but it has been a while.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-03-08 08:29 am (UTC)
Thank you.

It makes me happy that you remember Purchas. :)
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[User Picture]From: heatherp8
2014-03-08 01:09 pm (UTC)
And I am glad you did stay because I enjoy your posts.
Many happy returns. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: raakone
2014-03-09 10:48 pm (UTC)
Nice retrospective. One nitpick, I think Poliphilio would mean "lover of MANY things"....Panphilio would mean "lover of ALL things." But Poliphilio sounds way better!
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