alpaca princess (renniekins) wrote,
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LJ Peeves

Ah, headache is all gone today. Yay! I hope it stays away, that was an icky one.

I've spent a quiet morning in bed, on my laptop. I've been doing a bit of work, I've been reading, I've been browsing... that kinda thing. Soon, I will motivate myself to go to smegs. I don't know what I will bring though.

First though, since I'm not feeling very creative right now, I thought I'd share some LJ pet peeves. Don't worry, I won't complain about all that much. I'll limit myself to just two, so it's not that much of a rant.

One: I don't like quizzes. I occasionally take them, but I never post them myself. When other people post them, I basically just ignore them. It's your journal, you can post whatever you want in it after all. I have my friends list set to initially block images anyway, so mostly my eyes can skip right over a quiz. I am very appreciative of people who put their quizzes behind cut tags though. How considerate! Now here's where we get to the peeve: people who use cut tags for a quiz, but make the cut-text sound like an interesting post instead of a quiz. Arrgh! I don't really like following cuts, because it takes more time and throws off my rhythm, but if you're a friend of mine and it sounds like you wrote something worthwhile or interesting, I'll follow them anyway. I HATE finding nothing but a stupid quiz underneath! I feel cheated out of a good post, and annoyed at being tricked into looking at the darn thing. GRRRRR!

Ahhh, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Thanks for listening.

Two: My second peeve is much sillier. People who use icons of the wrong gender. They use celebrities, usually. Like a girl with a Tom Cruise icon, for example. I find myself mixing people up, thinking the girl is really a guy, or reading a guy's post from a female's point of view. I know it doesn't really matter, but it just throws me off because I've constructed their identity wrong in my head -- especially if I don't know the poster well.

Now here's the ironic moment. I was mulling over that second peeve, and thinking how confusing it was for people to iconize themselves with the wrong gender, then it hit me. The majority of my icons are pictures of that little cartoon Sun Mascot -- who is not a human, of course -- but Duke is definitely a MALE whatever-he-is.

Oh no, I'm doing it too!

I have seen the enemy, and it is me. She is me. He is me. Whatever.

So yeah, it turns out I'm not nearly as much of a nobel and self-righteous live-journaler as I thought. Quite embarrassing, I must say. But I can't stop using Duke, I've invested too much time and creativity making these silly little icons. Plus, they're fun.

This is therefore a public apology to everyone who's been annoyed by my use of the wrong gender in most of my icons. I didn't mean to. I didn't think about what I was doing, or the awful consequences it might entail. You can all go create cartoon icons with whatever gender you'd like, and I won't judge you. I promise.

So, now that I've ranted for a bit (not to mention caught myself in my own trap), what are YOUR live journal pet peeves?
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