So its true... Six Apart bought LiveJournal. I think the funniest thing was that, by the time they announced it, it was old news... a whole day old. We all posted and commented the thing to death before we knew anything about it including myself (you thought CNN was bad about making 24 hours of news out of nothing.) The truth is, we don't know what this means until at least a year from now, if not longer, and I don't think either of the companies knows either... well, not exactly anyway, which, to me, is what a marriage is supposed to be about.
I've always said that, if you're truly in it for the long haul, you're in a marriage for like 50 or 60 years. What could you possibly discover about each other in even a year or two that would somehow prepare you for 60... its insane. You need to just find someone who compliments you as a team and decide that, no matter what, this is the person I'd like to face the unknown with. I knocked this thing at first because I couldn't figure out why and I couldn't point to tangiable reasons that would create value. But, that doesn't matter. Inevitably, the landscape changes and all of the "best laid plans" go awry. I think marriages and mergers fail when people are too locked into a plan and what the future will bring, instead of just saying, "we have great resources, they have complimentary resources, we think we're better together." You can't predict the future and things won't always go your way... so just pick someone you love and hold on tight... seems that's what is happening here. I may not get it, but I can respect it.
Its too bad this didn't happen earlier, because had Howard Dean's blog had a little Current Mood: "So excited I might scream uncontrolably" smiley, we might have seen that coming and taken it better.