LiveJournal is an online social networking and blogging site that became popular with in gay square dance, bear, and gay contra communities (among others) in the second half of the first decade of the third millennium (how's that for a time period!).
The 2005 tip was impromptu. It had not been conceived of or scheduled in advance of the convention in Santa Clara, but the idea quickly gelled; a time was selected, a room was found, and a note was posted on the message board as well as on LiveJournal itself. ((link citations would be cool)) Andy Shore called the tip, using the phrase "LJ-cut" as a synonym for Cut the Diamond. He also modified a few lyrics to a singing call on the fly to make it fit the LiveJournal theme of the tip. Approximately 31 LiveJournal members attended the tip.
((note - we need pics, attendee lists and blog citations and links))
In 2006 in Anaheim a LiveJournal tip was scheduled and Andy Shore wrote some specialty lyrics for the singing calls.
The first was to the tune Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend (Pioneer 6044)
OPENER Circle left A link to your page may be quite complimentary but LJ is a square's best friend LA, Dosado, LA and weave around the ring Your caller's Andy Shore, another comment whore Swing & Promenade to the end If you want to offend me, it's simple - de-friend me LJ is a square's best friend FIGURE TAGS *If your pics show your bare butt, please use an LJ-cut If you want my ovation, list my bed as your location Just use your friend-filter if your post if off kilter If you want to be-friend him, ask first, then rear-end him LJ is a square's best friend BREAK *When you spot a hottie, go check their user info LJ is a square's best friend ... you friend them, they friend you ... are they nubile, virile, tactile - you better read that profile LJ is a square's best friend CLOSER *You may notice some hair in your square of LJers LJ is a BEARS best friend ... men with fur say woof and grrrr ... he may dress like a logger, but he's just another blogger LJ is a square's best friend
The second was to Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Chinook 120)
SIDES FACE GRAND SQUARE don't take your links, away from me don't leave my friends list in misery you click that button, and I'll be blue 'cause de-friending is hard to do 4 ladies promendade one time round swing and promenade on down please think it over and select un-do 'cause de-friending is hard to do block me on LJ & I'll stalk you on Yahoo! 'cause de-friending is hard to do don't treat me like I've got bird flu 'cause de-friending is hard to do check out that caller's hot new tattoo 'cause de-friending is hard to do I'm pretty scared 'cause you practise voodoo 'cause de-friending is hard to do MIDDLE GRAND SQUARE remember when we first clicked that night on your mouse was it left or right? checked out your profile and user pics too 'cause de-friending is hard to do 4 ladies promendade one time round swing and promenade on down I like BEEF and you're into TOFU 'cause de-friending is hard to do CLOSE GRAND SQUARE I know you post with a filtered list there are some that I'm sure I've missed I want to comment but you don't want me to 'cause de-friending is hard to do 4 ladies promendade one time round swing and promenade on down I'm not crazy just a little cuckoo 'cause de-friending is hard to do
A LiveJournal tip was also scheduled at the Denver convention in 2007.
Andy added one more singer to the tune of Super Trooper (ABC 16):
Head Ladies Center, Teacup Chain... I was sick and tired of web surfing, when I got your IM in Denver All I do is read and click and ping, Wishing you were an LJ member ALLEMAND AND WEAVE So imagine I was glad to hear you're joining Suddenly I feel alright Gonna add you to my friends list When I read your blog tonight BREAK SIDES FACE GRAND SQUARE Now you're an LJ user, friends are gonna find you blogging's just begun posting, having fun Feeling like a number one ALLEMAND AND WEAVE Now you're an LJ user, screen is gonna blind you it's a big "to do" your new blog debut now somewhere on the net there's you CLOSE SIDES FACE GRAND SQUARE So now we dance, among our friends Perhaps in Cleveland there'll be an LJ tip again And when you add me to your friends, and read my blog I know it's going to mean so much ALLEMAND AND WEAVE Tonight an LJ user friend is going to cross-post Not to be outdone Linking, having fun Hey look I think that's Gary Young TAG HEAD LADIES CENTER TEACUP CHAIN Tonight an LJ user, someone's gonna friend you If you get a clue Friends you will accrue 'Cause somewhere on the net there's you
In 2008 in Cleveland, Ett McAtee called the LiveJournal tip.
In 2009 Ett and Andy shared the calling, with Andy again creating a new specialty singing call.
To the tune Heartaches (Ranch House 905)
OPENER: LOL CATZ LOL CATZ Why are there oh so many LOL CATZ left alemande and then you do sa do 4 men star by the left one time round you go turn your partner by the right your corner allemande come back and swing and promenade her There is one thing of which you can be sure I Can Haz Cheez Bur Ger [refrain for figure] I could be happy with WordPress too But to LJ I'll be true BREAK: Facebook Apps Facebook Apps I get bombarded by those facebook apps … I click deny and then I click ignore But they keep making more CLOSER: L J L J We are all here because of L J …. Will you please friend me, if I friend you It's not MySpace We have our place To L J we are true
In 2010 in Chicago, Bill Eyler and Andy shared the calling with both callers providing new lyrics to singing calls. The "theme" of the tip was expanded to "Online Social Communities Affinity Group" to acknowledge the expansion and varieties of online social communities including Facebook, Twitter and others in the IAGSDC family. The 2010 tip was programmed during the dinner hour, and attendance seemed adversely affected.
Andy did one to the tune of Ain't Misbehavin' (Buckskin 1214)
Circle left No one to TWEET with, all by myself No one to CAM with, I'm solo on the shelf Left allemande, come back and box the gnat 4 ladies promenade inside Turn partner right, a full turn and then Left allemande come back and promenade Ain't misbehavin', saving my blog for you FIGURE ... Ain't using TUMBLER [LOOPT, FRIENDSTER, MYSPACE] Saving my blog for you BREAK I'm don't friend just anyone, I profess to screen Some posts are NSFW, some even obscene ... Ain't misbehaving, saving my blog for you CLOSER Now I know for certain, you're the friend for me I'm through with flirtin', I'll HASH FF faithfully ** Ain't misbehaving, saving my blog for you
And to the tune of Release Me (Hi Hat 5218)
Sides face, grand square Please Re-Tweet me let me go Foursquare I don't love youtube anymore Allemande and weave the ring To waste our livejournals would be a sin Swing, promenade Re-tweet me, and let me blog again ALTERNATE LYRICS I have someone new to FOLLOW though 140 characters seem rather HOLLOW ... My lyrics are getting kind of thin Re-Tweet me, and let me blog again Please Retweet me, can't you see? You'd be a fool to de-friend to me ___ I only strive to entertain Retweet me, within your own domain TAG Retweet me and let me blog again
Blog a Little Blog - (Dream a Little Dream, channeling Mama Cass)
Words shining bright in front of you; My ramblings seem to whisper Please Read Me! Friends reading in the cyberspace tree. Blog a little blog for me. Say anything you want to; Just read me now or tell me you'll miss me. While I'm alone, blue as can be, Blog a little blog for me. Livejournal really just lingers on, dear--- Still craving your comments. I'm longing to linger till dawn, dear, Just saying this... Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you--- Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you. But in your ramblings, whatever they be, Blog a little blog for me.
Facebook Page (Baby Face, very ragtime/old jazz)
Facebook Page, you've got the cutest little Facebook Page. I’ve found 1000 friends there in your place, Facebook Page You sure are confusin’, but you’ve got me hooked and usin’ Facebook Page I'm up in heaven when I’ve viewing your pictures Oh, I need a shove because I'm so in love with your pretty little Facebook Page Privacy, You've got me thinkin’ Privacy Farmville, Pirates, Petsville and some Scrabble, too My poor heart is thumpin', you sure have started somethin’ Facebook Page, I'm up in heaven when I'm viewing your pictures I didn't need a shove 'cause I just fell in love With your pretty Facebook Page