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7th January 2009 (22:51)

Yesterday I downloaded and installed LJArchive to make a back-up of my journal. Today I discovered that it has a bunch of tools that analyse your entire posting history and tell you things like which words you've used most often...

For me, the ten most used words are, predictably enough:

the, and, to, of, a, her, in, I, that, she.

Mind you, it is interesting that 'she' and 'her' both make the top ten but 'he' and 'his/him' don't...

However, if I tick the 'ignore common words' box and count the possessive together with the uninflected form, then these are my top twelve most-used words:

buffy (3,147 times, plus 570 times for buffy's)
willow (1,674 times, plus 376 for willow's)
slayer (575 times)
actually (530 times)
xander (490 times)
season (486 times)
faith (454 times)
kennedy (420 times)
dawn (358 times)
angel (348 times)
spike (326 times)
satsu (313 times)

What are your top twelve?

Other interesting things:

I've used the world "kill" 192 times and "sex" 187 times.

The people who've left the most comments on my journal are beer_good_foamy</lj>, elisi</lj>and moscow_watcher</lj>. Thanks guys. 107 people have left one single comment on my journal. Also, I apparently receive about twice as many comments as I give out, which I'm sure makes me a bad friend or something. Sorry. 

I know almost nothing about regressive imagery analysis, but apparently compared to all other LJ writers I post about the categories voyage (wander, desert, beyond), unknown (secret, strange, unknown) and descend (fall, drop, sink) far more than most people, and height (up, sky, high), restraint (must, stop, bind) and affection (affectionate, marriage, sweetheart) far less.

And in other news, I'd just like to say thank you to the people who've beeing reccing my work from 2008 on buffyversetop5</lj>. It's much appreciated. ♥ It's also interesting to see what out of the things I've written or created has stuck most in other people's memories...

Not only that, but I've also been nominated at not one but two different awards sites. Netherlands to Nepal is nominated at forbiddenawards</lj>and three of my stories - Learning To Drive, Past Tense, Future Conditional, Present Tense and One Day In The Life Of Buffy Summers have been nominated at rwsawards</lj>. What's particularly astonishing about this, for me, is that it's the first time any of my fics have ever been nominated for anything, and now it's happened twice in three days! So thank you, mystery nommer(s), whoever you are. :-)


Posted by: MrTeufel (mrteufel)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 00:20 (UTC)
Summer Glau

ljArchive crashed when I ran it. So I can't compare stuff. But I can say you ought to lay off the word 'actually'! ;)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 00:28 (UTC)

But I didn't use 'actually' once in this entire post! (Except in the list itself, of course.)

Posted by: M (spankulert)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 00:53 (UTC)
Buffy Willow the best kind of friends

Also, I apparently receive about twice as many comments as I give out, which I'm sure makes me a bad friend or something.

Naw, that just means you write very interesting posts.
(and you do)

As for your stories, none of them have been nominated before? Weird. And if you're a bad commented, I'm a bad nommer. I think I've only nommed about ten stories or so my entire time here. It's on my resolutions list though. Well, congrats and well deserved, in any case :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 14:00 (UTC)

Thank you!

none of them have ever been nominated before? Weird.

It's not like I'm "Oh woe, nobody likes me!", or anything; it's just, like you say, weird.

But then again I've never nominated anyone myself either, so maybe it's karma? :-)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 01:03 (UTC)

I just backed up using LJArchive, but I have no idea how it works. How do you do these geeky things? (This could be dangerous.)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 01:13 (UTC)

OOoh, I figured it out! But some of my most common words aren't really words... "rsquo" "rdquo"... is it counting things in html code, perhaps? That's weird.

In any case, using only real words, my top ten are:
Buffy, Spike, Willow, didn't, Dawn, Xander, Giles, slayer, Tara, couldn't.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 14:02 (UTC)

One of my most common words was "nsbp", the code for a non-breaking space, so I suppose it must be.

Interesting that 'Spike' features much higher in your list than mine. ;-) I did worry that I'd be shunned on LJ because I've written the word "angel" more often than "spike", but in my defence I have written several stories set in heaven, featuring actual lower-case angels, so that doubtless biased the figures. :-)

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 14:16 (UTC)

Heh, it's not at ALL surprising to me that Buffy and Spike are my two most frequently used words. In fact, even when I included common words, Buffy still made it in the top ten.

I still haven't worked out how to do the regressive imagery analysis, though. I could open the dialogue box and check the categories to analyze, but then nothing happened. When I clicked "Okay" the box went away and didn't give me results. Am I missing something?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 20:50 (UTC)

If you click on the 'Summary' tab, it shows a bar graph for your chosen categories (a bar at erxactly 50% meaning you talk about that subject just as much as the average person; a higher bar meaning you talk about it more, a lower bar meaning you talk about it less.) The graph updates every time you select a new category, or use the drop-down box to choose a preset analysis; you don't need to click anything to get it to work.

You do have to make sure you've got the 'Summary' and not the 'Introduction' tab open, though, which fooled me to start with...

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 22:43 (UTC)

Yeah, I had it on the Introduction tab, but it was the only tab that showed up, and I couldn't figure out how to change it.

But now LJArchive seems to be crashing every time I try the regressive imagery analysis, so I guess I'll just have to live without that knowledge.

Posted by: The Anti-OTP (snowpuppies)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 01:15 (UTC)

I keep getting an error when I try to d/l using LJArchive. *grumbles* But it looks very interesting to play with.


Also - well deserved, hon. ;)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 14:04 (UTC)


I've seen a few people having problems with LJArchive... it took a while for me to work out exactly how to download and install it, but after that it all ran smoothly. My only worry is that it seems to have stored the site as a single compressed file that only it can open, so if the program ever stops working I'll be back to square one...

Posted by: The Anti-OTP (snowpuppies)
Posted at: 8th January 2009 20:06 (UTC)

Ah. I finally got LjArchive to work, but LJSec is completely non cooperative. I can d/l and install, but as soon as I click to open, I get an error message. Kinda tragic, that, since LJSec is terribly handy.

I know there's something called LJ Book that d/lds as a PDF (I think), but a lot of people are using, so you might wait until things clear up to use.

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