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Bookmarking Policy

Someone on my f-list had a locked post about LJ "friending/de-friending" today. I decided to update my profile, since some new people - fabulous, talented people! - have added my blog to their bookmarks lately.

I love friends! I'm happy to have any.

But I hate the word 'friends' as it pertains to bookmarks. Let's call it BOOKMARKING, instead.

Even if I don't bookmark you back (heh), I still check out your blog when I have time. But I'm tryin' to write a novel, you know? And the Internet is always so temptingly handy ... and you guys are all so fascinating ... and I'm not good with balance ... sigh.

P.S. If you are someone who bookmarked me out of a sense of obligation, and not because you enjoy reading my odd blog ... I release you. Fly, be free! :-)


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Sep. 26th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yes! I'm glad to know someone agrees.

I was in the shower, fretting. Thinking, "I'm so mean! I should just friend wildly, and use filters."

But I don't wanna.

As I said on the other person's blog, "I would feel bad if someone on my f-list posted Big News, and I never responded because I wasn't reading their blog ... and they just thought I didn't care!"

Sep. 26th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
I so hear you. Bookmarking is a much better term.
Sep. 26th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)

I think ALL of us on LJ experience a lot of angst about this.
Sep. 26th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
I am so out of it that I've never even heard of bookmarking used for lj before, but I really, really like it.
Sep. 26th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Welllll ... I know 'bookmarking' is usually meant as a way of just, you know, adding your favorite sites to one group ... but it's far less volatile. Or maybe, as dampscribbler mentions below, I'll get all futuristic and M.T. Anderson-y and calls them FEEDS.
Sep. 26th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! How could anyone NOT love reading you???
Sep. 26th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
I think I'm definitely an acquired taste.

Sep. 26th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
I like that last part there ;) But I like reading your blog...no obligation here!
Sep. 26th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
"Bookmarking" just doesn't work for me. Adding someone to my Friends list and reading my Friends page is nothing like accessing my browser bookmarks.

I understand why "friending" and "unfriending" is uncomfortable for some people, but "bookmarking" has a whole different meaning for me.

What do they call it on Bloglines and other feed-readers?
Sep. 26th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Dissent
Just checked the Bloglines site, here's what they have to say: "With Bloglines, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of your favorite blogs..." So, I submit "subscription," rather than "bookmark" or "friend." Alternatively, "feed" works, too.

Sep. 26th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Dissent
I totally want to call my f-list my FEEDS!! Almost like PEEPS. Except hungrier.
Sep. 26th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Dissent
You can feed your peeps, or you can peeps your feed! Yum!
Sep. 26th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I like the bookmarking idea, too. It feels so junior high to talk about your friends list and de-friending someone, and it has caused me angst.

Thank you for this new and improved terminology!
Sep. 26th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I live to serve.

Sep. 26th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Bookmarking is a great verb. Then, if you de-bookmark your friend, it doesn't sound like you're enemies now.

Sep. 26th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
oh Bookmarking is a perfect way to put it

All the connotations that go with the word "friend" just stirs up so many problems.
Sep. 26th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I prefer "defriending" to "unbookmarking" because I like hurting people's feelings.

Just kidding. ^.~

Well . . . mostly.
Sep. 27th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I know that about you.

You terrify me.
Sep. 27th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
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