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After reading this post about the lack of updates here and the comments regarding people distancing away from LiveJournal. I am just putting this post here as a place to discuss possibly having an off-LiveJournal community forum for talking about journaling, posting prompts, pictures, etc. Maybe someone with the time/knowledge can open an XMB message board or maybe we can even create a subreddit on Reddit.com?

I'm not sure, I'm just thinking aloud here. Or maybe there already is an excellent diary-related forum somewhere that you guys know about and I don't? It just feels like it is so slow around here, maybe if this discussion was taken off LiveJournal that maybe there would be more active users contributing to the cause?

Or maybe it's just me who feels restless over how little updating there's been, and I know that I am not at all helping the cause, and shame on me for that.

I hope this doesn't upset anyone. I love Embodiment and this community is lovely. It's just that it's getting smaller and less active and I would love for that to change.


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Feb. 3rd, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
I have as well thought about starting something up on Reddit. Who knows, maybe there are others out there looking for a community of journalers.

I don't want to all together leave LJ, but I know that sometimes to keep a group like this going we need to evolve and move forward.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I am not a LiveJournaler. I just have a LiveJournal for this community and for one other community that is also dying due to inactivity and people leaving LJ for newer and more exciting websites (Tumblr, Pinterest and the like). I would like to see something more active in the near future for diary keepers, whether it be on LJ or somewhere else, I'm not picky.

I looked into Reddit and there seems to be no active journal-related subReddits, at least not one I could find.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
I've looked as well. There are some journal related topics that appear on r/writing but nothing like what we have here. If we start up a subreddit, I'd post an introduction on r/writing and let them know we exist. I'm excited for the prospect of a new group.
No matter what, I'll be active here and elsewhere.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
I don't do all the on line stuff. I'm a non-techy and don't have time for s lot of sites.
I don't do personal things on line.
I like talking about the techniques of journaling.
I would not share my private thoughts or my private journal.
I don't read the private things shared in this community.
Are there two different aims in this community?
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think there are two different aims in this community? Did I imply there was?

Edit: this community as in Embodiment or this community as in a new community? Sorry I read your comment twice and I'm still not sure what you are talking about.

Edited at 2013-02-03 08:26 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
The main aim of the community is, and always has been, to attempt to journal every day of the year; and to help encourage to that effect. The page-sharing thing has always been around, and although it's never been obligatory. I think it's a nice aspect of the community; for us to be able to show each other what we do and how we reach this goal. We had a lot of amazing art journallers in the beginning and I remembered just being in awe of all these amazing works and wanting to emulate them in my own diary. I like being able to share, and being shared with. But it's good that it's kind of a take-it-or-leave-it thing, and that you can skip sharing posts, if you don't want to read them.

A lot of people express interest in my journal/journalling habits and although I would never say, "Here's my journal, knock yourself out!" to anyone (aside from to my high school kids because they can't read it XD) if they ask, I will whip it out and flip through it (my handwriting is atrocious anyway - a friend I showed it to yesterday saw one bit and was like, "Is that supposed to say 'No, f***, no'?" "...it says 'flu'...") I would be hurt if someone just grabbed my journal and read it without my permission, but I'm happy to show bits and pieces, when I like. I show a lot more of my journal on embodiment than I do to real life people. Privacy is a funny thing - is our journal still completely Private - with a capital P! - if we choose to share parts of it?
Feb. 3rd, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Oh now I understand what was meant of that question, aha. It wasn't making sense to me, I guess because I don't know how it fits in, in context of what I was talking about.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, the art journals drew me to embodiment also. I use my journal to paint and work out ideas. It helps to see what other people are doing.
I thought perhaps this would be a community where experienced journaler could encourage others. It's so hard to keep up when you first start. After awhile it is such a habit it's like brushing your teeth.
A lot of young people have left L J for other sites. It cuts down on the exchange of ideas. I miss them.

I love to read published journals. If anyone has information to share about that I would be interested.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I would love for journaling to be a habit to me such as brushing my teeth! I get in the habit for a while and then fade out for a while, and then pick up where I left off.

I really wish this community was more active. Instead of maybe commuting somewhere else we should all just vow to post a shit ton more here at Embodiment. ^.^
Feb. 4th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
I have been part of too many communities that dissolved. Too many that I tried to keep alive. So, I know how you are feeling.
What would you have us post here?
How would it differ from our regular L J sites?
That is why I asked what the aim of the site was.
Were we supposed to answer the prompt questions here or take them to our own sites or to our paper journals?
Some of the prompt questions were much too private for a public answer.
If people were to check in once a week what would they say? How many times they journaled? Where? If they enjoyed the experience?

We seem to have a response when the subject was the type of journal used, pens, and the types of entries made. We talked about how we used our journals and where we liked to write.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Like this place, if a new community existed you could post whatever you want related to journaling. ;) Like this place, there would be no restrictions. I hope the only difference would be that it's not on LiveJournal and therefore not limited to LiveJournal users.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'm guilty of just reading and never posting. I don't really do anything off of LiveJournal, so I wouldn't be interested in a different forum for this, but since I don't seem to contribute I don't know if that would matter.

Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Your opinion matters! *hug*
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Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure what that means or what a Dreamwidth is. Ahahaha I am so ignorant of some Internety things.

I really like your LJpic. Are those your pens or is it just a picture you found? I am drooling a little, I want all those pens.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
We don't have a mirror, I don't think, but we do have embodiment_dw over there. It's just not updated that often :(
Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
I would join a Facebook Embodiment group...is there such a thing?
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what the reception would be like with that connecting real life information with journals? It's definitely something that should be discussed though.
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
I don't really contribute much - I'm a text only journaller so I don't really have anything to post in the way of pics etc - but I think it'd be a shame if the comm moved. I don't really use any sites often except LJ and Twitter (I have accounts on Facebook, Tumblr etc but dislike their total lack of privacy), so would probably stop following posts if the comm moved. If it were some kind of dedicated forum I would probably sign up.

That said, it's obviously more of an issue for those who do contribute as to where they would most want to, I'd just be saddened to see the comm disappear entirely from my flist.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
There are so many people who have been here so long, I doubt it would disappear entirely.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
I comment a bit, but I just realized I haven't posted anything to the comm in, uh, a couple of years!

But I'll second the Dreamwidth rec. I'd hate for this comm to go to Facebook, though.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
I agree about your Facebook sentiment. Private journals and Facebook should be two very separate things.
Feb. 4th, 2013 08:38 am (UTC)
I am not sure if moving this group to another site will be really helpful. Perhaps in the very beginning because beginnings are always exciting.

I am definitely against moving it to Facebook as my FB account is mostly for my work-related contacts and LJ is for my hobbies. And my journaling is a very private thing.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
The only reason I think it would be helpful is because LJ has such an extremely limited audience, which is getting smaller daily. I am very much with you though when it comes to not having a FB journal group. Those things should be very separate.

Keep in mind though, I'm not opening a new community. I wouldn't know how to start a new community if someone begged me to. I am merely presenting a discussion topic for us to have in the chance that someone else might be interested in taking the initiative to do such a thing (and I admit I would support it fully).
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Hey me again. I found a journaling subreddit called r/journalingisart that is active. Lots of stuff on there that is inspiring!
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hi I'm glad you found that and linked me. I'm so excited to look at it here in a few. I was thinking if nothing came of this post I was going to contact you privately and maybe you and I could set something up together, but this is even better. No work required! :)
Feb. 6th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Maybe it would be worthwhile to check in with a journaling-related domain and see if they would be open to hosting a message board or have members post material on the blog.

My first thought is JournalingSaves.com - she has great information, but her posting seems to have lost steam. This would be content generation for her and a non-Facebook way for people to still connect. May be worth a shot.

We also have an Embodiment photo stream already existing at Flickr that could act as more of a conversation area, too.
Feb. 7th, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
As a couple of people said, I'm one of those who appart from tumblr, I'm not really anywhere on the interwebz except for livejournal (and tumblr, and veeeery occasionally pinterest). So I would keep the community going here, just my 2 cents.
Like somebody mentioned, since my journal is text only (ok, every blue moon I'll paste a pic or two) and most of it is super personal/private, I lack the creativity to come up with reasons to post here, since I feel my journal is repetitive. But!! I really would love to challenge myself to think of content for posts here. Seriously, I would LOOOOOVE to have bursts of creativity, those I used to have where posts would simply show up in my imagination. Nowadays for me it's not a matter of not being on lj enough (I lurk everyday), it's a matter of lack of ideas/creativity outside of my "real life". So yeah, I'll go make my morning coffee now and exercise my openness to creative bursts haha :)
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