While that's what it is, I don't think of it that way. P'raps because Blogging is so vapidly trendy, dedicated to the harvesting of as many friends as possible simply for the bragging rights of 'Look how popular I am'.
Am I wrong in this assessment? Yes, I probably am.
I guess I feel that LJ is the pair of jeans that you've owned for years. It has holes that were made by honest wear, and are soft and comfortable and you wear when you want to be naked but can't.
That's my LJ.