My friends' list had well over 200 people, and I was starting to have such a hard time keeping up that I wasn't reading at all and I was missing important things from some of my closest friends. Rather than do that, I've pared it down to below 200. This meant taking off some people whom I genuinely like, and I want to apologize, but I just couldn't keep going like I was an feel like I was able to use my LJ the way I wanted to be using it.
--I've kept on all of the newest additions, because I want to get to know you before removing you without getting a chance to become acquainted. That seemed better than removing people I haven't yet gotten to know.
--If I did remove you, you are absolutely welcome to keep reading. My journal has few, if any, locked posts (I don't think I've had one for over a month).
--If I've removed you, or if you've added me and I haven't added you back, I generally don't add people unless I've had some interactions with them elsewhere. If you take the time to comment on my LJ and get to know me, or if you converse with me elsewhere, I am definitely more likely to add you, and I won't hesitate to add back people I've removed.
--There is total defriending amnesty here. If I've kept you on my LJ but you don't want to continue to be LJ friends, please let me know, and I'll be happy to remove you and replace some of the people I've taken off.