I know I've seen entries from some people who get very upset or angry over being removed from someone's friends list, and I can understand why. In a way, it's like that person is saying, "I don't like you enough to read your journal anymore." A simple careless gesture by someone else, likely without any malicious intent, and yet in our quest for acceptance and love, we turn it into an insult.
What's odd, is how difficult it is not to do this. For example, at least one of the people who removed me from their friends list, I barely knew. I'd only read a few of their entries, found them interesting, so I added them. They reciprocated a few days later. However, we rarely commented on each other's entries, and I don't even know if they were really reading mine.
Additionally, the fact that I spent most of January, and much of February, almost completely absent from LiveJournal may very well have played into why the people who removed me from their friend's list did so. Friends lists have a tendency to grow rather rapidly if not checked, and it's necessary to remove crufty entries at regular intervals.
I always like to think I'm not too crufty, but then again, what do I know. ;-)
I've decided that since I still enjoy reading their journals, however, I'm going to leave them on my friends list. Perhaps at some point in the future, they'll decide to reciprocate again.
And if they don't, that's cool too.
After a little bit of thought, just prior to writing this entry, I considered why I should or shouldn't be affected by being removed from their friends listing, and I realized honestly don't care if a bunch of random people read this or not. I'm writing this journal primarily for me, and to a slightly lesser extent for the handful of good friends I have that also read this.
Well, that and because there are a lot of really interesting people on LiveJournal, and I enjoy reading their journals and "meet"ing them. ;-)
To that end, I decided to play around with the Find Users By Interest feature of LJ, and specifically, the Similar Users function, which allows me to search for people who match some of my interests.
I looked through the top 10 people or so, and one of the journals really jumped out and caught my attention. This being the journal for fey. She seems really interesting, and I encourage everyone else to take a peek at her journal, too. ;-)
Right below that, I came across another very interesting looking person, ailynn. The first thing that struck me, was her user pic. This is one of the coolest looking pictures I've seen in a long time. I really like it. That, and curiously enough, I noticed after adding her that she has fey listed as a friend, too. Interesting coincidence. ;-)
I then came across petfish's entry, at which point I figured I was hitting the dregs of the list. <g>
Luckily, I didn't let that discourage me, and I then noticed piman. I remember him from the #LiveJournal channel, and I even remember thinking that I needed to add him to my friend's list. Honestly, I'm not sure why I didn't, and I think that I thought that I had. Oh, well, I have now.
So goes another day in the Game of Life.