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April 2nd, 2011


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08:39 am - April = cruellest month
I was caught out by one April Fool prank yesterday. I was driving to my Mum and Dad's house, and I put on Radio 2. I honestly thought that the DJ, Ken Bruce, was having some sort of mental breakdown, or possibly a stroke. During one record I was thinking to myself 'they'll play two or three records back to back, and when we come back they'll say he's had to go'. But no, he just continued to ramble and embarrass himself.... I wouldn't like to say how far I had driven down the M40 before I realised it was someone doing a Ken Bruce impersonation. It turned out to be Rob Bryden. It was really good voice control. matildabj and I saw him perform in 'I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue' and I think he has fantastic voice control. He doesn't do a wide range of impersonations, but the ones he does are very impressive. Anyway, you got me Rob, fair and square.

I have been struggling with low mood for about three weeks now in this transitional time. I am not totally out of the woods yet, but I am getting there. I had some good news a couple of days ago - the Jamaican govt have bought a lot of copies of my book (the one I wrote in 2009) - I mean, quite a lot more than 10,000 copies. This was a piece of good news I needed. I am hoping this encourages the publishers to put more writing work my way.

Continuing to ramble on, I know there are all kinds of social media options out there, but I am going to stick to blogging on livejournal. I am hoping that, although it will never be the case again that most of what I want to read online is coming through this interface, that people will continue to come here and interact with me, and also that my lj friends will continue to use it.

ETA - oh, I should say on the last point that I don't emotionally distinguish livejournal and dreamwidth in my mental map, and I mean either or both of them. I am really happy to read friends in both, of course.

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From:altariel
Date:April 2nd, 2011 07:55 am (UTC)
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I got caught out first thing reading on Twitter that Michael Portillo is leaving This Week. At least, I assume it was an April Fool's. I'd already panicked though. I fear change.

I'll still be here on LJ too, even fiddling around with Twitter as much as I do these days.
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From:communicator
Date:April 2nd, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
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I do hope so, I think it suits the longer style, and you and your commentators are always interesting to read
From:emmzzi
Date:April 2nd, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
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every year there's a big "I am ;eaving LJ" thing going on.

some people crosspost to dreamwidth - I have booked my user name over there - but I don't recall seeing qanyone *actually* leave LJ.
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From:communicator
Date:April 2nd, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
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I think some people gently migrate to doing most of their interaction in other ways. I don't think I will ever be comfy with twitter. It's the wrong rhythm for me.
From:emmzzi
Date:April 2nd, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
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I twitter loads, and also FB. But I still blog - there's nowhere else to have a bloody good detailed rant for one thing!
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From:tehomet
Date:April 2nd, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
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Hee! Yes.
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From:tehomet
Date:April 2nd, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
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There's been some really good April pranks this year. Did you see the Guardian's 'we are going to turn over a new leaf and full-throatedly revel in the Royal Wedding' one? Totally caught me out. I thought they'd lost their minds.

Congrats on the sales.

And I hope your low mood continues to F. off out of it. :D

DW/LJ is still my favourite: FB and Twitter are both too small. I know that's kind of the point - especially with Twitter, it is called a microblog for a reason - but LJ/DW is the only place I've found where one doesn't just get the news, one has a conversation.

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From:communicator
Date:April 2nd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I caught the Guardian one at the point it was going deliberately over the top, so I did cotton on right away. I think that's the secret of a good April Fools - start gently, lure them in, and the gradually boil the frog

(no frogs were hurt in creating this metaphor)
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From:vilakins
Date:April 2nd, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
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I'm staying on LJ/DW for the same reason as the previous commenter: you can have a conversation here. FB seems very fragmented and one has to filter all the input and I refuse to have anything to do with twitter.
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From:communicator
Date:April 2nd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I am not sure I want everyone who has ever known me to be able to find out that I am feeling blue this month - or whatever.
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From:sallymn
Date:April 2nd, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
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I'm not going anywhere - I tried Twitter, it took three days to out that I simply CAN'T reduce a thought to 140 characters :( And Facebook goves me something of the creeps...

I like the freedom here...

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From:communicator
Date:April 2nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it seems to strike the right balance for me. It was never going to be for everyone, and hopefully it has reached a stable equilibrium now.
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From:katlinel
Date:April 2nd, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm planning to stay here (and by here, I mean LJ and DW) too. I like reading here, and following conversations here is easier than in some other places. I've not blogged much recently, but that's not because I've been busy elsewhere online. I'm still not on FB, because of privacy issues and because there seems to be so much nonsense there that I don't want to have to deal with it (poking and such things) and I don't necessarily want to be in contact with everyone I've ever met under my RL name. I think Twitter probably works better if you have a smartphone, which I don't.

I've not spotted any April Fools stories, but have followed other people's links. I've been caught out in the past though.

That's good news about the book sales. Here's to many more like that!
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From:communicator
Date:April 3rd, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
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Yes, I don't have the kit for Twitter. The thing about facebook is, if I limit it to stuff I want to share with everyone, I'm bored thinking about typing it, so it would be even more boring to read.
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From:espresso_addict
Date:April 2nd, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Not surprised this transition in your working life is taking time to adjust to, and very glad you're now feeling rather more positive. Congratulations on the surge in book sales; that is a very good sign!

Maybe it's my dinosaur attributes, but I just can't see the point of either Twitter or Facebook. I hope a core group of people continue to blog & comment within LJ (or move en masse to DW, I suppose).

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