A couple things I wanted to talk about!
I don't really do New Years' Resolutions but I have two resolutions for LJ that I actually already made a while ago and need to try to keep up. These are both things I learned from reading other people's LJs and think are important things to try to do to be a good LJ friend.
1) furiosity makes a point of replying to every comment she receives. And she has way, way many more people reading her LJ than I do, so this is really impressive. I always feel like she values my opinion even when we disagree about something, and I think it's a good thing to do to be a good community member. So! I have been trying to make the extra effort to reply to everyone. I don't always get everyone but I think I have been doing better about replying to people who comment on my posts.
2) karnythia also impresses me in the way she interacts with her friends list because she always makes a point of asking us how WE are and not just talking about herself, or asking our opinions of things and not just telling us what she is doing. She asks us what we think about it, and I find that I reply to her a lot more than to many other people whose journals I read because I feel like she is inviting me to comment and also like she is sincerely interested in hearing people's opinions. So I have been trying to make a better effort to do the same. I am not as good at this as I am at replying to as many people as I can, so I think this is going to be a harder thing for me to learn to do. It makes me feel a little bad because I keep remembering to do it after I have posted and then thinking, wow, am I that self-centered that I don't care what other people think enough to ask? So that is definitely some room for improvement.
I learn things from a lot of you and not just furiosity and karnythia but these are the things I have learned that I have been thinking about a lot lately, about improving my relationships with friends and other people who take the time to read my journal.
I also wanted to post some cool things other people have linked to:
rainy_day posted this excellent link to DJ Earworm's remix of the top 25 songs of the past year. This is freaking brilliant. If you haven't heard it yet, you should! Blame it on the Pop.
beautyofgrey linked to Christine Kane's blog post from a few years ago about choosing a word for the year. I am trying to decide if I want to do this, because I do a lot better with this kind of meditative approach to things. I am thinking about choosing "brave" as my word because I don't take a lot of risks. I know that is probably surprising to many of you, but I think I am probably more "fearless" than "brave." I do a lot of crazy shit because there are very few consequences that scare me. But in the places where I am scared, I don't push my boundaries as much as I could.
But on to more important things. I think I asked this last year and the responses were really fun!
What do you think my New Year's Resolution should be? Also, if you think you have a good Word of the Year for me, I would love to hear it!
Also, you can post this to your LJ and ask people to pick your resolutions! It is fun!
Mwah to all of you! Happy New Year!