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This is the virginal spread, so to speak...the first question for my new forum so let's make this forum worth keeping on the site. Tell me a little about yourself; Who are you? Why do you read journals? Why do you read mine?

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000


OH, do I get to be the first to contribute? How exciting! I guess the reason I started to read journals is because deep down I am a gossip/soap opera junkie and I love to look at lives and the ups and downs of real people. I read you, Sasha because you write so well. I read because you put tasty pictures of yourself with the entry. I read because to not read would be to not know and I must know. I just must. You are beautiful, endearing, eloquent and interesting. As an aside, I started to read Travis because he was a portion of you who told more of the whole picture. I read now because he has some yummy recipes and a boy's view of life which I find compelling and would read more of if he would ok my subscribtion to his notify list. *Ahem*. VonGoddess.Com

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

Let's try this one more time: VonGoddess.Com
Altogether now, say... "dork". Stop looking at me.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

I am 29 going on (gasp!) 30 this coming April. I'm in Minneapolis, MN. I stumbled upon your journal through a male friend who occassionally read your journal. At first, I shyly clicked on the dates, uncomfortable in reading someone else's life and it was an occassional peek here and there...but now I'm hooked. Why? Am I psychotic? Um, no, I hope not. Is my own life so boring that I must live through another? Um, I don't think so. The only answer that I have it that when I read what you write, I understand. I sit back with a sigh of relief and think: "thank heavens, I'm not the only one"...

I've shuffled through online journals now and again, and many I never give a second glance to, but you seem to have a "knack" for writing (for lack of a better term..cheesy, I know) and you have no fear of telling it like it is. For that you have my respect.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

Hi. My name is Meghan, I'm obsessed with the vouyeristic aspect of online journals, and I harbour a secret desire to be Sasha's first ever stalker.

Hi, Meghan!

I suppose that I read you because, well, I'm a cute but demanding wench and you're a sexist bitch who's kind of dark and brooding, but in a cool David Duchovney way, not in a dorky Micky Rourke kind of way, just because you're good like that. Erm....You know, this isn't coming out the way that I wanted it to.

I read you because, well...Because I can, goddamnit! Because I like apple juice, and because someone has to bug you to get AIM, and because, well...I think that's it. Oh, right, and because I'm madly in love with you. Details, you know.



-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

Well, the only reason I figure I should contribute is merely because I have known Sasha for a while and was able to actually meet her once. I have to thank her for all the hospitality she showed me while I was in LA. I like reading the journal, because it seems to be the only way to find out how her life is going. I myself have moved from Canada to Texas and love the change in temperature and scenery. I want to wish her all the best and tell her how much I miss Killer Shrimp, lol. Keep it up.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

I'm Rick. I'm a police supervisor in a southern city, working 2nd shift. I read journalss in the wee morning hours. That is my way of vicariously experiencing a life, which I don't have right now. I read Sasha's journal because she isn't afraid to discuss the less glamorous aspects of life. It feels complete.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

Hi, I'm Kris. I'm a Web developer/designer/whatever, and I make money doing it. Yahoo, and stuff. I read journals because I'm a voyeur. I like to watch. I get little vicarious thrills from reading about other people's lives. That and, well, reading is a compulsion with me, an obsession, and journals provide new content daily. Yum!

I read your journal because I think you're nifty, you write well, and you're reasonably open about sharing some of my kinks. (Kinks that, alas, it's been months since I've had a chance to exercise. Hi, i'm Kris, and all of my lovers are more vanilla than I am.)

So, um, yeah, something. I have a Web site/journal, too! You can get to it thought or . But Sasha knew that already. *hee* And now, I'm going to go clean out the freezer and attempt to convice the VCR it wants to record the X Files.

-- Anonymous, March 26, 2000

I found you through Saundra'a headspace. After reading the first entry I was hooked. I really admire the honest way you write. I can't think of a better way to express it.

I got into the whole journal thing last October - how I never stumbled across them before that I'll never know. I finally took the plunge and started my own one in December.

Caoimhe - Just Stopping By

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I'm a fellow online journaller that also reads as many others as possible. I'm a 28 year old psychologist with a little bit of the voyeur as well as exhibitionist mixed together. I read because I love romping through what hopefully will be the darker recesses of the author's mind. I'm a sick woman. I read you specifically because, well, I'm hoping to find those dark recesses. :) No, I read you because you're ballsy, ballsie, ballsee...whatever. Your pictures are great, you're funny, you speak your mind, your writing is expressive and you do it all with just the right amount of stress. No, wait, that's neurotic tendency. *Sorry for the slip* :) You've got it going chickie!

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I thought for quite awhile before answering this question, because I started to read Sasha's journal for a more devious purpose than voyeuristic or stalking reasons. I also considered well whether to actually say who I am, but I guess in the end, Sasha is the kinda gal who breeds strength in others even when she claims to have none herself. So I'll spill.

I am the ex-roomate's girlfriend. Gosh that sounds bad. But I am. (My boyfriend is the ex-roomate of I met Sasha whilst Travis still lived in Reno.) I originally started to read in a morbid attempt to keep tabs on Travis for reasons he and Sasha know, but don't necessarily belong here as if they were so much dirty laundry. Most of it is bygones, because Sasha is just as much a goddess in real life as she is on the glowing monitor.

I am a geology major at the University of Nevada Reno, and will be gradumawaiting in May. I am the queen of proscrastination (ever tried to write an undergraduate thesis in five days...I'm in the process of seeing if it can be done), and have decided that my life philosophy is that of striving to embrace all that is childlike, but not necessarily childish within myself. And yes, there is a big difference.

I don't really read many other journals and am not sure if I have a need or a desire to do so. I am positive that there are, in the shapeless void, many voices that echo my own thoughts...but at this juncture in my travels, my own thoughts are loud enough. I read Sasha's page because she was cool enough not to dismiss me immediately when I tried to do something unthinkable to her. Sasha is a patient listener and an exquisite observer, and it comes through in her journal. The least I can do is continue to let her know that I care and am extremely glad that she exists in this medium.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

Oh my God, I'm *another* Andrea who will be turning 30 this April.... sometime next week in fact. For a minute there, I thought I already posted...

Anyway, I like reading Sasha because... well, just because, okay? I can almost hear the inhale and slow exhale of Sasha smoking as I read an entry. Kinda like a conversation you have with a friend late at night over a pot of coffee or something (if I drank coffee..)

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I love reading journals. As soon as I found journals online, quite by accident, I have been hooked, searching for new journals to read. I must have at least 20-50 journals bookmarked. When a friend showed me that I could make my own webpage, I eagerly started my own journal. It took awhile to get the hang of it, but thanks to point and click webpaging, I can now do it really easily! (And got 2 friends to start journals of their own, too - with a third friend soon to start their own). (She's Scizzor Happy - ) I think some people have the urge to write, and that I'm one of them.

I started reading Travis' journal when I found out he had one, out of curiousity, to see what Sasha's fiance would be like, and I'm hooked on his. (Thanks for helping him, Sasha, and thanks for getting him a notify list.) I like to hear a male point of view. I like to know that they feel just as deeply as women, and can even cry. It's easy to forget those things - they always tend to show themselves as strong, invincible creatures, and I like to be reminded they have the same emotions (which I didn't believe as a naive teenager, to tell the truth.) Vicki

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I don't recall how I first clued into your journal per se, but I think it was on the Metajournal site - you'd posted something and I checked you out, so to speak. Was glad I did, and I've followed you since then. I used to keep a journal myself, but find better feedback and reward by writing product reviews at . . . that's where anyone can find out about me if they want to; I do some significant self-disclosure there. It just seems to do the trick for me.

Still, I enjoy keeping up with you, and I'm glad you're there, cranking away on the journal. Keep it up!

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I'm Nicole. I have been "addicted" to journals since I first found www.fresh-hell about a year ago...right after she started. I then started reading who she reads and I started my own last August. It's on a little site called ( I read journals because I love to know what is going on in other people's lives and I love to look at the different ways that others reflect their lives using HTML. It's beautiful! I read yours because of the honesty of what you display here and the wonderful way you go about presenting it.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I'm Heather, and I'm almost 18... I've kept an offline journal religiously for about 4 years now, and started posting occasional entries on my website( karma earlier this year...I read other people's journals because I'm a word junkie--I'll read almost anything. There's the whole voyeuristic aspect of it as well...Snippets of other people's lives are so intriguing. As for why I read Sasha's journal... in short, the writing is good, and it's interesting.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I read your journal a lot. THought you should know about it . . I've got an online journal, as well, but there's no way in hell I'm sharing the address, because my puny thang pales in comparison to all you've gopt going on. :( I link you, though, and hope that you don't mind . . . I never thought to email for permission before doing so but if it really bothers you . . lemme know. Anyway. You are cool in writing.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

Hi Sasha, Saundra here. I'm just me, a screenwriter and mommy, and I like reading journals which make me feel as though I've met someone. Yours is so very intimate, and warm and inviting that I just can't resist. I read journals in general because I like peeping through windows and not being arrested for it. :)

Lucky dog, you have a police man reading you.

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

I'm so glad you decided to do this Sasha!

Let's see, I don't really remember how I discovered this online journal thing, but it was the first thing I'd ever seen on the web that made me want to be an participant rather than merely a spectator.

Sasha's journal was one of the first journals I discovered. I've always admired her writing and honesty and her minimalistic design. And pictures - I loooove journals that feature tons of pictures of the writer.

And now I really must get back to work...

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

hi sasha!

okay, so who am I? i am kelly, and working on my second online journal. I had one a few months back that i called "biting at the moon". Unfortunately, after a few months I got frustrated and stopped writing. Yet last week I found a link on your page to Goldi's Walk- Don't Walk, and between the two of two been inspired to write again. So if anyone is interested ( and its okay if you arent) my new site is called "m a e r m a i d - a flip of the tale" and is found at

in other news, i just turned 27, and feel it. why do i read journals? to convince myself of two things, that im not the only one who frets obsessively over things, has wild dreams anf fantasies, and to get a glimpse at someone elses life. is that voyeuristic? im not sure. i think that there is definately an element of voyeurim involved, but then again, the people we're looking in on are inviting us to do so. hmm.

i read your journal because i like the way you write. you have a very unassuming view of yourself, and are really funny. you are honest with your words, and dont seem to be writing to make an impact, simply to express yourself.

one more thing - thanks!

-- Anonymous, March 27, 2000

"I read Sasha because..." that's the only way I can keep up with what's going on in her life...she never calls; she never writes...!!! I don't really read other people's journals since I have no real connection with them. I used to enjoy reading Dave Van (sp?) but you don't have a tug-o-war with him anymore. I read Travis' journal now; but since I've met him, I can relate more with the words instead of the enigma. I have a tremdous fear of putting my own words out there for everyone to read. It will be like discovering my mother has been reading my journal all over again!!!

-- Anonymous, March 28, 2000

who am i? hmm... still working on that one. recently stumbled across your journal. i will be reading more.


- s. - - - - - - what keeps me up at night

-- Anonymous, March 28, 2000

Who am I? Does anyone really know who they are? Why do I read journals? I don't know. I'm a voyeur, I suppose. And I'm selective about what I read--I don't care to hear the details of anyone's sex life, but it's interesting to read references to such--plus, I think maybe I'm just searching for that one person who can bare their soul that I can identify with..... Why do I read your journal? I came across it recently. I like it. I'm pretty discriminating when it comes to the journals I read faithfully--I don't like too much camp, and I definitely appreciate honesty. I can tell (I think) when a writer is being honest, and writing for themselves just as much as they are writing for their audience. These journals, I think, make the best reading.

Some of the journals I've read have inspired me to start my own, but I think I'm a little bit chicken.... We all know that if you're going to write a journal and put it online, you want people out there to actually READ it--and I don't know if I could handle baring my soul to the world just to find out that no one is interested.

Anyway, I like your honesty. I like your writing style. I like that you aren't afraid to write about the things that aren't pretty and fluffy. Keep it up. It's good reading.

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000

I have been reading you for quite awhile, sporadically. Then recently I saw that you have a notify list - so I hopped on. If Caoimhe and Mrs. Renhold read you then I definitely become interested -- they put up with my blather and are kind to this old man. As you have been. I think that I enjoy reading people who think for themselves and aren't afraid of expressing their opinions. I follow Al Schroeder -- Mouth Organ -- The Chattering -- and_if_i_die -- Inertia -- and many others -- It all has taught me a lot and I really enjoy what I read.

-- Anonymous, September 17, 2000

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