This is my billboard to the world, my place to periodically emerge from my cave and shout at the world, just so that the tiny subset of the world that cares will know I'm still here.
Don't take it personally. Or do, for that matter... On the topic of LJ's unfortunate choice of the word "friend" to describe "someone who is interesting"... When I list someone as a friend, it's just a way of saying "For whatever reason, I find this person interesting". If someone else adds me as a friend, I assume that they are saying the same thing. If someone drops me as a friend, I consider it an editorial comment with regard to that person's "friends" page, not a personal slight. Do not agonize over dropping me out of fear of hurting my feelings, and do not feel obligated to add me because I added you.