minusbat warned me about making friends online, about the spurious nature of virtual intimacy. In the case of the FURP his warnings were spot on. I have, however, made an amazing range of real life friends via LJ. And I have also maintained - and strengthened - my links with a number of the people I may well never meet but still enjoy reading. There are some I don't even really interact with, but I know we still read each other's journals assiduously and enjoy the scope to glimpse into the lif of a sympathetic other.
And the point of these circumlocutions? I'm becoming somewhat disenchanted with LJ. My f-list is too long. I am wasting time skimming sections of it and not spending enough time commenting on the bits that seem comment-worthy. I know lots of people who use filters to read LJ, but I have always thought that was a bit naff, really. So I am going to have a cull. This will be mostly of people I know vaguely in real life but don't really see that often or with whom I have nothing much in common. It is NOT a subject for drama of any kind. If I have an actual problem with someone, I will tell them, as some of you are already aware. I just want to go back to enjoying LJ as much as I did a couple of years ago.
As well as a cull this is also an amnesty because I shan't mind in the least if anyone knocks me off their f-list.