no. (roses_rejoice) wrote,

If I'm not good enough to be your f(r)iend, I don't wanna be your ho.

It really bugs me when some musician or artist or other Person with Something to Promote decides to go 100% selectively "friends only" (in other words, everyone who wants to be added isn't added, or doesn't stay added) except for public posts about whatever concert, show etc. is being promoted. I can understand someone using the f(r)iends filters for some of their private life stuff, but given that LJ is a personal medium, if you're going to do a personal journal at all, it sends a pretty suck-ass message to make everything private except for "buy my record! buy my print! come to my show!" There are communities where you can promote your stuff, or you can do a separate journal just for the music or art promotions - several of the people on my f(r)iends list have a personal LJ, and a second LJ just for their work. However, if somebody decides that I'm not "acceptable" to read their personal journal, then I'm probably not going to be interested in whatever they're trying to sell me, especially if that's all intermingled in the same journal.

I've been thinking about this for some time, trying to figure out why I feel this way because like I said, I have zero problem with people running two separate journals, one for the personal shite and one for the professional matters. Also, I am the kind of person who goes to a lot of music and art shows, but rarely wants to talk to the artists or musicians, for a great many reasons that all basically add up to my maintaining a division between People Whose Art I Enjoy and People Who I Want to Personally Converse With. Occasionally I'll compliment someone briefly or if they want to talk to me, I'll talk back, but I generally don't go running after art makers for a chat. So why do I feel so strongly that if they want to hawk their art in the middle of a personal journal, they should be willing to "talk" to me on here, albeit in a limited manner? I guess it's because I see interactive journaling as a vehicle for personal interchange, not just for posting ads while excluding potential "fans" at will from all other personal matters, unless you draw a very clear line by making a journal entirely for professional matters only.
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