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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
An analysis of my Friends List and Money
Ok, let's analyze this.

I have 33 mutual LiveJournal friends, of which 5 frequently and 8 occasionally comment or respond to my entries in one way or another. I know some of you probably don't check LiveJournal every day so I'll cut that number almost in half, and some have vested interest in not responding so cut it down by a couple more. Of those 13 people, that still leaves 5 people that could've responded. Only 2 have responded to the poll I posted over 22 hours ago.

So, I wonder, why does my journal have such a low return rate on comments and feedback? Is it because everyone feels they might step on toes if they express their opinion? Do they think it's not worth the time or energy to say anything? What?

If you think that the reason people don't respond often to mine is because I don't respond often to theirs, take a look at my comment count. I have posted nearly twice as many as I've received.
Comments:Posted: 2,051 - Received: 1,246

But I digress. This is getting no where.

What is the point of saving money? Isn't the purpose of money to be spent, and if it's not then what's the point of having money? I've been so long with very little or no money of my own that I want to spend at least some of it. It's not like it's a renewing source of money or that I technically have bills to pay. (If any of you think I owe you something, say so! Don't go getting offended if I spend it on myself if you think you should've gotten some of it but didn't say so, point blank.) If I save everything I get then I'll be in the exact same place I was before I had any; unable to get virtually anything.

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: "Flawless" by George Michael

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maboo From: maboo Date: March 12th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well.... you only just added me, I haven't had a chance to contribute anything yet. ;)

Until now.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 12th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't mean to include you in that blanket ... what ever you want to call it. You're one of the exceptions in this case because, like you said, you've only recently been added.

From: persephone_wynd Date: March 12th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I didn't even realize you had put up a poll until you mentioned it in this post. I must have overlooked the LJ-cut. I'll bet lots of others did the same. ;) Anywho, I think you should spend the money on whatever will make you the happiest. I don't save money either. Most of mine goes to pay bills and buy necessities, and I take the extra and put it toward some bills I'm trying to pay off. I get more pleasure out of paying off debts than I would out of frittering the money away on stuff I won't even remember I have or get tired of a few months from now LOL.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 14th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's alright; don't worry about the poll anymore.

I think I may do something like what you suggest. I've been thinking of alternative things to do with the money, and I'm liking some of them better.
ellixis From: ellixis Date: March 12th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm never quite sure if what I have to say will be useful, or if it will be somehow unpleasant in a way I haven't anticipated. If I'm not sure I should say it, I usually don't.

That goes for everyone, not just you.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 14th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I understand what you mean, as I'm often the same way.

Thanks for being there despite all my... whining.
ellixis From: ellixis Date: March 15th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Dude, you're my friend. I'm here listening, even if I don't have much to say.
scixual From: scixual Date: March 13th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I dunno ... there's often posts that don't seem to have anything to comment about.

Personal diary stuff I almost never respond to. *shrug*
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 15th, 2005 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Polls are typically something to comment to / respond to / fill out.

I understand not responding to personal diary stuff. I typically take the "disable comments" function seriously, and if I don't want comments then I enable that (not that I've done that more than a handful of times as far as I can remember).

Sorry I've been pushy and demanding lately, and largely without realizing it.
damnitnicole From: damnitnicole Date: March 13th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually didn't even see that entry on my friendslist, and I generally keep up-to-date.

I'll check back and answer it later, when I have a little more time to familiarize myself with all those links.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 15th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Eh, don't worry about it. You can fill it out if you want, but I've already decided I won't be going that way, at least not right now. The other thing is, I was using it so I could defer the decision / blame when I really already knew what I wanted.

I shouldn't have done that, and sorry I'm getting you caught up in it.
damnitnicole From: damnitnicole Date: March 15th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Ok, then. <3

I seriously was going to go check it tonight, too.
soccerfreak240 From: soccerfreak240 Date: March 14th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Do I count as frequent or occasionally...?

(And my posting rate has dropped on everyone's since I haven't posted for nearly a month).
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 15th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Nothing wrong with being an occasional poster/commenter (and yes, that is what I counted you as). I never know when or what you may respond to, and that makes things interesting. :-)
raist_ From: raist_ Date: March 16th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You asked what I thought, so I told you. That's part of the danger in asking my opinion. I don't bullshit, I don't give niceties. I just give it.

And coming from one who has no money, I've found that it's better to save it for emergencies (Like having your car totaled by a drunk driver on I-75) then to spend it on wants and desires at the time.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 17th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know. It wasn't right of me to ask for other peoples opinions when I already knew what I wanted to hear and just wanted someone to back me up on. In my next entry I apologized for this, and I'm apologizing personally now. Sorry.
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