Hey, if you're on my friends list, I have to apologize - I've been barely skimming LJ in the past few weeks, too distracted to read it. Honestly, the only reading I've done recently has been comic books - I haven't been able to focus on that many words at once, work's been wearing my brain out. I can't manage books, magazines, newspapers... I can watch movies and tv, read comics, and things like that, but I've even been having trouble with my email recently, and that's really depressing.
So, if I have no idea what you're talking about when you IM me, and if I haven't been commenting, that's why. Sorry.
In addition, the few times I do try to read it, I find myself getting overwhelmed with the sheer mass of cra stuff there is to read. I can't keep up with it. I think I may have to do some serious friends list pruning - if I take you off, it's just because I hate you, nothing personal.
No, wait, that's not right. I mean, it's because even though I'd like to keep reading you, you're too boring to bother with.
Wait, wait, that's not what I meant either.
Ok, one last time, seriously: at this point, my attention is spread so thin I can't give anyone any attention at all. I'd love to give you all attention, but the fact is I either have to be more discriminating in who I choose to pay attention to (for whatever reason), or I have to just ignore you all, like I've been doing. Personally, I'd rather pay give some attention to fewer people, than ignore everyone. If I take you off, honestly, I don't mean anything bad by it - but I just can't take it all. People I know in RL, and people that I knew pre-LJ, will take precedence. People I've kept in contact with over AIM or email or whatever, they get the nod too. Finally, people that just happen to appeal to me for some reason (interesting reading in their journal, similar interests, phase of the moon, whatever), they get to stay, too. I hate doing this, but it's gotta happen. Suck it up. If it really bugs you, I'll leave this open for comments or you can email me, my goal isn't to hurt anyone, just keep what little is left of my sanity.
P.S. If I remove you from my list, feel free to do the same for me, it's fine with me.