As part of 21 Days for Dreamwidth (our yearly celebration of well, Dreamwidth?) you
post for 21 days on Dreamwidth, or post for 21 days about Dreamwidth, or answer 21 questions about yourself in relation to Dreamwidth one question at a time, for 21 days - I'm not sure which. I'll never post for 21 days about anything unless someone pays me, though, and pays rather well.
I'll post this since I don't think I've done our Q&A meme before - at least not the way finch put it together a few years ago (well, five. I can be slow to get around to things?).
Hitch is, I'm not bursting with energy, so will try to limit answers (when possible) to one sentence - one word or less would be even better. Pro tip: I will fail to achieve short answers on most of these questions.
Are we playing 21 Days or 21 Questions?
1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Linkjacking. There is a lot to unpack in this one little word. Also, the Basic Account fiasco and being owned by Russians. No, I mean, personally feeling owned by them.
2. Why did you choose your journal name?
It's the name of a poem I wrote years ago. Yes, named after my own poem - talk about being a bit self-reverential. Ask if I still like or want the name and the answer is ... but of course no one asked.
3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
No, no and no. Does that answer these questions?
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
Now that I don't update my other blog a lot anymore, mostly read news, take paid surveys, clip online coupons and stream music via Youtube's autoplay, which is auto-on, how nice. It gets more like Pandora by the day and has a feature where it tracks what I like by what I look for, so it still knows to play me music I hunted down years ago in a different part of the state. I no longer leave comments on other websites because I'm tired of the arrogance and condescension from some blog owners, on the one hand, and tired of comment trolls and stalkers, on the other. I'm probably in my third year of snubbing the entire internet and really enjoying it.
5. How about when you're not on the computer?
Life intervenes. I usually go online long after my day is over and anyone without the insomnia and polyphasic sleep schedule I suffer from has long been in lalaland. It's the only "me" time I have where I feel - even if I'm writing or editing or coding like crazy - that I'm really just fucking off and doing nothing.
6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
That all your base are belong to us. That I could've been Mariah Carey instead of Mariah Carey being Mariah Carey but chose to keep smoking when she chose to quit in return for her voice - an exchange God actually agreed to, if you believe her. That if I'd right placed/right timed myself I'd be bigger than Veronica Webb right now. Has anyone heard from her lately? Seriously, this is an awful question. If I want people to know something, I'll tell them.
7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?
With a few caveats which I can't discuss without seeming like Scrooge, style_system, because I like geeking out over code, people's coding problems, stuff on Dreamwidth being broken or not operating at peak Dreamwidth, plus I like breaking and fixing stuff. I also enjoy DW news and keeping up with our maintenance and developer communities, for about the same reasons.
8. What community do you wish was more active?
There have been soooo many that have become inactive. Eventually I unsubscribe from all of them because I can't stand dead communities or journals on my list. There have been so many that I can't even say anymore what they were about. *checks for current shortlist*
OK, how 'bout...android, common_nature, cookability, dreamsheep, dreamwidth_haikai, dreamwidthlayouts, dw_beta, dw_codesharing, dw_design, dw_nifty, dw_styles, dw_suggestions, dw_volunteers, dwim, emily_dickinson, factfinding, gardening, linux4all, literaryquotes, lj_refugees, omnomnom, polls, pretty_pixels, reallycutefurrycritters, stock_icons, stylemakers, the_style_kit, visualwit, and written_by_hand.
(Disclaimer: the last community is mine, and would be awesome if anyone would ever post to it). But our dead Android community burns me up the most. Someone make it undead, please... :(
9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
*checks profile* No. Actually, yes! But I'm not sure if they could stand each other. italiceyeball and revolutemind are similar writers and thinkers (but, I suspect, not similar personalities).
10. Tell me about your default icon.
We don't talk about that 'round here. ;) I will say I got it for its more rebellious aspects but keep it because it matches my layout, if not my feelings so much, and it makes people laugh.
11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Omg, the features. Ask denise what I want because she knows - I have all her rejection letters and the published polls to prove it. To this day I'm clogging up the Suggestions queue with even more features that have not been voted on. How about the one I thought of tonight? In which, when you subscribe to someone or just up and grant them access out of nowhere, that you should get a notification in your DW Inbox about it, so you don't forget who you subscribed or gave access to? I literally don't have time to jot down and request all the features I want because so many occur to me, often when I'm unable to record them.
12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
I don't have interests on my profile. I had hundreds but deleted them years ago in the interest of having less lists to maintain. See imperfect coding/no more tags.
13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?
15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
What captures my imagination is the idea of there being a redemptive aspect to the time we spend on Earth. Also, that's two questions. Anything that interests me at all can obsess me, but most things don't. That said, web design is my forever love/obsession.
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
There are things I've done that others were glad for, which in turn makes me feel good, but I wouldn't necessarily post about them because that's "tooting my own horn" - which can make me feel a bit tacky.
17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?
*checks profile again* One. Five, if you count not meeting in person but communicating away from DW, and if you also count the one person I sort of know IRL who I'm no longer subscribed to.
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
Almost everything! I can write and write and write and exchange tons of comments and PMs yet feel like no one knows me any better when I finish than they did when I started. It sort of makes me feel - outside of things, I guess - but it's because I want to live my life, as opposed to describing it in any detail.
20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
I can't even.
21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
It's the closest thing you can get on any LiveJournalish type of platform to owning your own website - without any of the the headaches or hassles of owning your own website. I'd like DW to roll out its own user-analytics solution so I can take the stupid stat counter down, and I'd like the ability to add plug-ins via JS (never going to happen!) or s2 (which might!) but other than that - and my perfectly endless feature requests - I feel like I've got what I need here.