November 28th, 2008


Getting Started with LJ for the Complete Novice

Hi! So you've decided to check out LiveJournal, or LJ for short. You may already have a journal; you may not. If you're looking for a quick resource to do a bunch of common tasks on LJ, check out the Quick Answers section of the LiveJournal Frequently Asked Questions section. If you are unable to find the information you need in the FAQ, or if you have further questions, contact the Support team for assistance. Your fellow users are often a valuable resource as well. As one of your fellow users, I've put together some information about the basic stuff you'll probably want to do, and links to the FAQs and various site pages to learn more about the topic and how to do it.

Creating A Journal
Creating a journal allows you to leave comments on the entries from some journals that do not allow anonymous commenting, join communities, add users as "friends", be added as a "friend" by other users, read entries of others on your "friends page", read certain privacy-restricted entries from other users that allow you to do so, as well as post entries of your own.

If you haven't already created a new journal, you are likely to want to create one after hanging around the site for a while. You can certainly use lots of parts of LiveJournal without having an account, but it's helpful to have one even if you aren't planning on sharing the personal details of your life with the world. This FAQ covers the account creation process in brief. You start out from the Create New Journal page and follow the step-by-step instructions. You will need to have a 15-character or shorter username in mind. This is the username that your fellow users will see. You will also need a valid email address. When possible, use an email address that you will have control of forever, since the email address used to set up the account is important, and the first email address used cannot be removed from the account at this time for six months after you've added a new address. You will need to enter your birth date due to US law, although this will not be displayed to other users unless you choose to allow it. It is not necessary to pay to use LiveJournal, although you may do so if you wish. All newly created accounts are by default "Plus" (ad-supported), but can be switched to Basic (displaying ads to logged-out visitors only) or upgraded at any time.

Using Your Own Journal
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Today's Festivities...

Headed out soon to retrieve best friend, and thence to meet up with Dawn and her husband. jai_dit will be in attendance. Insanity for all.
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8 tweets for 2008-11-28

In the last 24 hours, I posted the following to Twitter:
  • Friday, 0256: @semanticist I have discovered some pretty entertaining split ends myself.
  • Friday, 1017: If anyone opens the box marked "Do Not Open. Really." -- well, they were warned, weren't they?
  • Friday, 1046: @matgb THE CEO OF SUP SAW MY POST. OMG.
  • Friday, 1232: @tangowildheart I have no idea if she saw the To Management one, but she certainly saw the Intro to LJ for n00bs one.
  • Friday, 1810: @ Shuttleslayer's
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