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Friends list trimming

See, I don't know how to do this stuff, except just to do it and hope it works out. Seems like everybody's doing it...

I've been overwhelmed on a few fronts lately. Among them, I've had way more friends listed on LJ than I can really keep up with reading or commenting on—I've tried default views and such, but they aren't helping. So I've done a massive cutback of a full third of my listed friends (from around 180 to around 120). And I may still add and subtract; I'm just trying this out.

If you've been removed, please don't take offense or feel like you have to do anything at all. I write relatively few protected posts, so you won't miss much if you still read. And I will probably still read many of your journals separately from my friends list, and may add some back (I'm new at this). If you'd like me to be more involved in your life than you think I will be without you on my daily list, please let me know that!

Thanks for understanding. There are many times I wish I didn't have limits, but that's the road to idolatry.


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It's difficult, isn't it? Feeling as if some might get angry and others might actually be hurt. It's one reason why I've never been a serial adder. I'm pretty good about checking in from time to time... and I really almost enjoy that more because I tend to pay a little more attention to what they're saying, even though I may be late in reading it. I hope you find the number that suits you... Live Journal is much more enjoyable to me when I'm reading less than 30 people.
I'm so glad that I'm too uninteresting to attract 180 friends (!). I actually made it a policy to never add anyone unless they added me first, thereby not allowing my FL to get out of control. I'm far too chicken to cull it.

I will say that I have cut people when they've really become unbearable (you know, sarcastic or constantly critical or unbearably pompous and condescending) but fortunately that's been very rare because I've been so cautious (ie. chicken).

Kudos to you for doing the hard thing and being gracious about it.
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