• aspie shooting the curl

    I LOVE Xanga. I ADORE Xanga. The Xanga platform has allowed me so much freedom to play around with my html, and it's more 'point and click' user friendly for my head than other blog hosts. I won't go into the 20 different blogs just on Xanga I've made over the last 9 years, etc.

    I'm aspie. I've never handled being a social person very well, but a couple of my Xanga blogs wound up putting me in some spotlights that had me recoiling like a salted snail. Even when the interaction is 100% positive, my nerves get a little fried because I misunderstand the social dance. I've been very happy with just having lurkers. I don't whine about not getting comments, but I do think it's fun to play with plugz and trackers and cross posting media links between my Xanga blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and so on. I daresay I've gotten pretty good at driving traffic, as I have demonstrated to a friend who allows me unfettered access to his blogs and forums at syfydesigns.com, an experimental playground being watched by a few twitter peeps, including Snarkalecs and Wormhole Riders. In particular, Lexx fans around the world know my grandfortuna Xanga site as being synonymous with Lexx since 2006 and have tracked through regularly checking on it for years even during the year and a half I pulled it all into protected posting. (Alas, my sitemeter tracker host moved and lost my original count, it is much higher than what it shows on my page.) In my eyes, Xanga isn't dead so much as not being utilized to potential by bloggers who aren't cognizant of how to 'game up' their traffic by cross linking. I sincerely have no problem paying for my main blogs because I use them heavily, and will gladly pay twice the yearly fees once Xanga has moved over to WordPress.

    Who I am on Xanga has been so important that it will be going into a book (hopefully soon). Learning to be a public person in media has been a huge challenge for me with my Aspergers, to the point of involving a psychologist since 2007. Autisable through Xanga was a big part of my personal breakthrough, and even though I rarely interact there now, Joel is a hero to me. I'm not good at fielding people contacting me personally when they find me and get excited about finding a fun and positive person on the spectrum, but I'm glad that whatever they find in me is a good thing.

    I have talked to a number of people about their online identities and personalities (I have a sociology degree) and how afraid some of them are to be 'real' in public on the internet. It's a very scary thing to allow yourself to become vulnerable. While I don't think it's a good idea for people to post pix of kids and grandkids for many reasons, I also don't think it's wise to be so completely underground that no one has a clue if everything you put online is a lie. Part of the book I'm working on has everything to do with who we are publicly and privately. Some people like to make fun of bloggers posting pictures of what they had for breakfast, or letting the world know they got their laundry done. I think people who deride others for openness and honesty are hiding issues of their own, and one very interesting personal story in particular rocked a world fandom because I have a blog on Xanga.

    Social media is a real thing, and such a big deal that psychologists actually study how people handle their interpersonal interactions on social media. My blogs over the last 9 years, both public and private, are a vital journal for me to go back through and see where I've been able to adapt and thrive, or where I'm stuck in a holding pattern indicating some difficulty in my personal growth. Blogging, for me, has been especially helpful since I have a social deficit, and I have learned to look back as a 3rd party and not only assess myself, but set goals. One goal has been to pare down my 10,000 word emails to a couple of sentences or a very short paragraph (or no email at all). I've been able to tame my compulsion to blab ceaselessly in print once it was pointed out to me. Setting my tone has also been a challenge, involving rewrites galore. And etc.

    I use metaphors in my head all the time. Surfing the internet is part of what I've become very good at. So now I'm getting ready to shoot the curl with Xanga in its relaunch to an upgraded platform, and I'm not going to get knocked off my (key)board. I don't 'jump ship' easily because I'm aspie. I'm backing up my stuff just in case, because that's the smart thing to do, but I will first and foremost always be a Xanga fan no matter what happens next, and long after Xanga goes *poof* and is gone, I will remember it quite fondly. In some weird way, blogs are like my fashion statement, I wear them like clothes and change them with my moods. Here I am bluejacky. And here is the core of who I am. Bluejacky has by far been the most popular blog I've ever made, aside from Lexx. This time next year I want to be wearing a Xanga t-shirt and say I survived the move, like people wear weather disaster tees saying "I survived Hurricane Ike".


  • Xanga Survey

    When did you join Xanga?

    It's been 8 years. I have blogsites all over the internet, and xanga is always my fave to come back to because I can play with codes so much here. I nearly destroyed my myspace page with code and had to rewrite every bit of it from scratch each time Tom did a maintenance update. I can adapt to xanga yanking certain scripts out of headers and footers and disabling java and whatever, life is still cool here. Blogger is okay, I guess, tumblr is a nightmare cosmic joke played on the masses to force upgrades (as an evil villain wannabe, I respect that), I'll stop at that, this isn't supposed to be a list of every blog and journal site I've cannonballed into.

    What brought you here?

    I was dragged here kicking and screaming, like I am every blogsite. I can't tell you how cranky I got when AOL hometown morphed into lifestream and I lost all my website pages and my *original* scifi groups.

    Do you have other Xanga accounts?

    I have nightmares about suddenly remembering websites and blogs I've created and forgotten all about and I desperately try to get back into them because it was the coolest stuff I ever saw, then I wake up just dazzled because I believe I've seen what the internet will be like in the future. That or I dream of stuff in parallel worlds that already exists, and it's terribly frustrating to have to wake up back in this world.

    What sorts of things do you post?

    Mostly distractions. I could be showing everyone my bed head, like Wil Wheaton is doing on twitter and every blog he owns (yes, he's adorable), but my fans sometimes actually show up at my house without warning when they get too excited. Don't know if Wil has that problem (I hear he hands out homemade beer), but I'm afraid someone will steal my chickens because they're so cute.


    How often do you post?

    Continually. Even when I am disappeared. Drove a few people crazy. I could tell you who all still checks on me at least once a week, even when there was nothing to see for two years, but I won't. It drives some of you even crazier that I totally lack a gossip gene. >=)

    Do you keep yourself anonymous?

    And everyone else who comes into contact with me. I know way too much stuff. I've been pulled into turf wars more times than I can count when people find out I'm friends with other people, etc. The big Sliders war with the Canadians went way over the edge, and I'm sorry, but I like Wade AND Maggie. (I don't care what the Canadians say about themselves, they clearly yearn for brutal war in every forum I've seen.) It was the new writers I had a problem with. Did it disturb anyone else to hear the original ' Col. Rickman' (season 3, 1997) speaking as the Caterpillar in Once Upon a Time? Never mind that he's frickin' Roger Daltry, that gave me cold shivers like crap, I had to pause the dvr and yell DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS!!!!! IT'S COLONEL RICKMAN!!!! OMG!!!!! WHAT DO YOU MEAN COLONEL RICKMAN WHO, COLONEL RICKMAN THE MANIAC FREAK WHO USED SYRINGES TO SUCK SPINAL FLUID OUT OF HIS VICTIMS' SKULLS, HE'S THE CATERPILLAR!!!!!

    Do other people in your face-to-face life have accounts here?

    Other people have created xangas because I am here, I think we should be able to earn referral premiums.

    Have you met in person with anyone you originally met on Xanga?

    Not unless they have discovered where I live and moved here and casually greet me around town unbeknownst to moi, no. I've been so thankful that Google Maps had my house location mapped all wrong, but I saw their cute little car driving around town the other day, with that mini crane and camera ball on the roof, and groaned. They're *updating*.... I didn't have the wit to snap a pic as I was turning through an intersection, so here, click on that cool car to see where I got it from.


    Do you consider your friends here to be"real friends"?

    You're all a bunch of Sims to me... BWAHAHAHAHA.

    Have you ever dated anyone you met on Xanga?

    Scott refuses to xanga. He says I've already made him famous. I feel obligated at this point to punctuate that by uploading a paparazzi pic I told him I'd never share online ~*riiiiiiggghhhtttt*~ Not bad for someone about to turn 56, eh? He was temporarily regimental after coming in from 103 degree tomato plant watering and whatever else he was doing out there. It actually got up to 106 later that afternoon, ~in the shade~.


    What else are you just dying to say about Xanga?

    I think #Dan is a genius because he gets all you slobs so worked up. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Playing sweet and innocent in between. What a legendary xanga icon he's become! It's been like watching a pro boarder shoot the curl. I say that with love, admiration, and respect. True evil genius should be heralded.

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I've started transferring my survey posts over to Surveypalooza so people coming in from search engines on mobile devices will be able to see the surveys.


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