Kate (mskatej) wrote,
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Friend Of Lists - to hide or not to hide?

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I love this post so very, very hard: Trying to crack the comma conundrum

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Do you hide your friend of list? If so, why? If not, why not? I used to have mine out in the open and I had a number of excellent reasons for that, but then one day I just decided that it was no one else's goddamn business who had me friended and I hid it. It was kind of exhilarating, but also out of character for me because I'm not one for keeping secrets - generally speaking I'm a 'what you see is what you get' kind of lady. So what happened?

When I first arrived on LJ I was much nosier than I am now, and journals that hid their FO list drove me nuts. I would form opinions about people simply due to the size of their FO list - if lots of people read their journal clearly they were worth reading, and vice versa. But over the years I've learned that just because someone hides their FO list it doesn't mean they're ashamed of their lack of friends; it could just as easily mean they are trying to be mysterious. (I, of course, fall into the latter camp.) Nowadays I am more likely to form opinions about LJers based on how interesting/fun/friendly/smart they are, not on how popular their journal is, which must mean I have grown as a person. Also, many of my reasons for initially keeping my FO list visible were to do with attracting readers, and now I don't really give a crap about that.

What about you guys?
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