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14 July 2015 @ 11:19 pm
Eight Years!  
Eight years ago today, I thought, 'Well, you know, I could always just dip a toe into Fandom …' and opened an LJ account.

Countless hours of enjoyment later, I'm still here. Even if it has become just a little toe of late thanks to real life being a giant pain in the bum.

I have met amazing people, I have read beautiful words and enjoyed astonishing art. I've learned an enormous amount from all of you, most importantly that there are very good strangers on the internet, and a great many of them are in this corner of it.

I've still not finished the first fic I ever posted. It's very possible I never wil. Though I don't think I've finished with fanfic, even though I may never surpass what I think could be my greatest line: 'I had Muggles and masturbation and I traded them for you.'

Thank you to everyone who has friended me and brought kindness and joy with them, to every casual reader, to every commenter – I know, I AM awful at replying!, and to everyone who has let me befriend them. My life is better for each one of you. It was a good decision eight years ago. I've given myself a pat on the head for making it.

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宝井かりんtakarai_karin on July 14th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Happy LJ birthday! Mine was made in 2004, so it's 11 years old. It'd be going to Hogwarts come September if it was a wizard! (I just noticed that)

Just so you know, it's been a pleasure learning about your life and reading your wonderful stories too <3
Chiara Castelnuovo-McKenziecmcmck on July 14th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
You must have started about the same time I did! :o)
chamekke: FG_stewie_epic_by_iconseeyouchamekke on July 14th, 2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
It IS a wonderful place, isn't it?

Happy LJ anniversary to you!
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on July 14th, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
Happy Lj-versary, dear! It's been absolutely wonderful read your stories and getting to know you. <333

'I had Muggles and masturbation and I traded them for you.'

I just re-read that fic! :D:D It makes me so happy every time I do. It's perfect, I love it so much. ^^

Edited at 2015-07-14 02:48 pm (UTC)
illereynillereyn on July 14th, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Glad you made that decision all those uears ago! LJ would not have been the same without you.
hpreader: annwyn55 too_shy BDay10hpreader on July 14th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
Happy LJversary!

And thank *you* for 'Countless hours of enjoyment' :)

*hugs*
waterbirdwaterbird on July 14th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Happy LJ anniversary!
Bring forth the tale of dicksbirdsofshore on July 14th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Happy Lj-versary! It is a joy to know you <3
pir8fancier on July 14th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
:D
Hollyhollyxu on July 15th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
Happy lj birthday! (Take this opportunity for some cake, perhaps? :P)

<3
Jaeenchanted_jae on July 15th, 2015 03:50 am (UTC)
*applauds your brilliant line*

:D

Glad you're here! My flist and my LIFE are richer for knowing you.
Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on July 15th, 2015 06:44 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you did!
germankitty: emo Congratulations hamstergermankitty on July 15th, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
Happy LJversary ... and I'm flabbergasted that I've been on LJ longer than you! It'll be 11 years for me come October, and I honestly can't remember a time without reading and thoroughly enjoying your fics!

Here's to the next few years!
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on July 16th, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you went for it 8 years ago! :)
l.m.incandescent on July 16th, 2015 11:58 am (UTC)
I know that it's been amazing to have you! I'm so glad you decided to join fandom. :)
Sivaroobini: Marauderssirius_luva on July 16th, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
Happy LJ-versary! *hugs* It just occurred to me that I made mine in 2005 and so this is a ten-year LJ anniversary for me. Also, yours coincides with my birthday, so I wish I could send you some of my cake.

Your fics have given me much joy, and I'm very glad you joined. <3

Edited at 2015-07-16 03:55 pm (UTC)
napchicnapchic on July 17th, 2015 09:49 am (UTC)
*squishes you so hard*
Mark McConchiemarkmc03 on July 18th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
The challenge is in keeping up with everyone and all the posts. It's impossible given all the demands ons one's time even if effectively under employed. Too many distractions, too many sources of information, too many good people to read and follow, too many news items, too many real life distractions (why must dirt always be cleaned up in apartments? and why must dishes always be cleaned before reuse? Well, I sort of understand that last one now. But still ...)
hpstrangelovehpstrangelove on July 21st, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
I was off on holiday and am only seeing this now - Happy Belated LJ Birthday! I'm glad you dipped your toe in! *hugs*
TMBluetmblue on July 27th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! This makes me so happy. I have missed LJ so much. I checked in today, thinking nothing would be on my feed, and I found several lovely posts. So glad to have met so many wonderful people here as well :)