So a week ago Monday was my 4th LJversary, and I had this big plan to make it coincide with my 500th post, but then I felt like I should say something deep
in my 500th post, and the pressure was too much, and work got crazy, so I never posted. And in the meantime I had a lot of little silly posts I wanted to make, but once again I was weighted down by the need for significance. Sigh.
So instead of posting, I added to my del.icio.us recs
. I have a love-hate relationship with del.icio.us. ( A little more rambling about my neuroses )
But then when I got heavily into SPN fic at the end of last summer, after I had exhausted all the recs lists I knew about, I started using the delicious search feature to find stories, and liked that a lot better than just googling around. I also just found it really interesting to see what kind of stories people had saved in their own delicious accounts, and what sort of tagging systems they used. So I started saving more of the stories I read there. But of course, now that I spend so much time digging around other people's pages, I get self-conscious about my own, and what it might be saying about me to anyone else poking around the site. Like, a couple weeks ago I was appalled to realize I had three times as many Sam/Dean stories tagged as I had Clark/Lex stories tagged--mainly because I hadn't transferred most of my SV recs from LJ to delicious--so I spent most of a Friday evening entering old SV recs. (Argh. I barely made a dent. That's a project for another time). Another day I looked and thought, wow, considering that about half the SPN stories I read are het, it's surprising how few Sam/Jess stories I have tagged--so I spent the day rereading Sam/Jess stories and tagging them this time. I've done that for...I don't even want to admit how many of the tags I have.
But in addition to the tags I want to be visible to represent me (and my excellent
reading taste) to the world at large, there's also the tags I'm not sure I want to cop to. I'm not positive, but I think that even if you privatize a particular bookmark, your tags are still visible to the world? (I could be wrong about this) I had this whole quandary about whether I wanted a Dean/John tag that was visible to the world. (HILARIOUS considering I once compiled an entire list of Luthorcest recs--but delicious is used by more than fans, and it is definitely more searchable than LJ, so I definitely feel more exposed). And then there's the "what lists of my favorite sexual kinks do I really want hanging out for the whole world to see"? Pegging, ok, genderswap, ok, feminization, maybe not so much. Et cetera. And how many stories have to have a certain theme before I actually tag them that way?
And then there's the "network" function. I had had a couple people add me to their network long, long ago and never given it another thought until kristiinthedark
made a throway comment a while back that made me realize "holy god, some people actually look at that and realize precisely how often I read threesome bondage bodyswap and-then-they-grew-wings" stories," and the blush pretty much covered my entire body. But I also started actually looking at networks and using them to find more fic. Though sometimes the full body blush is out of embarassment for random-person-I-discovered-surfing-
someone's-network, because I guess I really didn't need to know how much they loved [insert kink of choice that squicks you] stories. ( Cut for even MORE rambling about how the mixture of bookmarks and social networking increases my anxiety about random things )
SO: now a POLL
on your own practices in saving things, using delicious, etc. Cut to spare the non-interested: ( Read more... )