It occurs to me as I look through my LJ message inbox that there's a bunch of comments I have never responded to. This seems to be a normal behaviour pattern for me: I don't always respond to everything, because I don't feel compelled to do so.

Is anybody offended by this behaviour on my part?

Even though LJ is considered to be a "social networking" site, for me it is first and foremost a journal, a chronological record of my life, where I put down what I am thinking, feeling, what I am horrified by and amused by, photos, school papers, movie tickets, and bric-a-brac. It's a digital scrapbook for me - the operative word being ME. It just happens that you are allowed to see it.

The "social" part of LJ is secondary to me -- I don't look at my LJ as a dialogue (though many times it is one) so much as a monologue, where people can comment if they want to, and sometimes I even respond.

I am a very public person by nature, but I do employ levels of privacy -- if you're not on my friends list, you don't get to see the more salacious, personal or controversial stuff that I post. (Ask me if you want to be added). And, of course, I also post things that I don't share with *anyone*, for my eyes only.

Just as I don't feel compelled to answer every voice mail I receive, or every email I receive, I don't feel obliged to respond every time someone comments on my journal.

I guess what I am asking here: Am I being rude? Are people bothered when I don't respond?


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