I have been back in Sweden for three months now, but not really been very active. I've tried to check LJ as often as I've been able to, but I've spent the majority of these past three months out on the island and often, the only internet connection I have had has been through my phone. And my phone hates LJ. I can't even use the LJ app for phones. It got to the point where I had to email my drabble for one of the months at dmhgchallenge
to the mods (it won third place and mod's choice) because I couldn't post it myself.
As a result of that, I've not really been updating or commenting as much. I have tired, more or less, to catch up since then though. I suppose it might be a combination of things; of vacation, of back from vacation, or just new things happening in the lives of people, but it seems as though LJ is not as active now as it once was. There's not much difference in the communities I'm a member of (maybe a little, over the summer, but the communities that post fanfiction often has fluctuating amounts of posts, unless there's a fest going on) but in the posts made by the people on my friends list.
I suppose I shouldn't say anything, considering I so very rarely post, but I wonder if people truly are moving away from this site. It seems like it has been happening for a while, but it's only when I've come back to it and seen how "little" people have been posting in my absence, that I have truly noticed it. Where does people go?
To me, LJ has been almost synonym with fanfiction. This is where I have read a lot of stories. This is where I have shared my stories. This is where I have felt a part of a community. It's funny, because even though I know that LJ is so much bigger than fanfiction, to me, this has almost been like a fanfiction archive, with a very active and personal forum where readers and writers can interact - either in communities or in the relative privacy of their own f-locked posts. I would hate for that feeling to disappear. LJ has been a huge part of my life for the past nine years. In fact, it was around this time nine years ago, that I first visited LJ. It was through a Buffy/Spike fanfiction, and the author posted on LJ. Another author whose website I visited recced the story with a link, and here I was.
LJ gave me my writers name. LJ gave me friends I hold very dear even today, and it was through LJ that I developed and grew as Ree. As myself, really.
I think that's why I feel the way I do (or, at least, did) about LJ being like a forum or an archive, because so much of my interaction on LJ has been about fanfiction.
It would be sad to see it disappear.