From the outset it seemed that certain signs were advising me against using LiveJournal. I joined initially because I liked reading the entries of a long-time acquaintance. Within weeks of signing up for a paid account, my friend was banned from LJ. Whatever. I came to enjoy the postings of other individuals and stayed with LJ. Then, one by one, they disappeared. Still not completely discouraged, I leaped at the chance to buy a permanent account. And then Facebook seemed to take over the world by storm. People were abandoning LJ for Facebook, and I found myself spending more and more time there myself and less time with LJ. These days I hardly read or post to LJ at all. My main activity with this site seems to be deleting Russian spam postings and emails. I am sad about this.