I tried participating in friend frenzies or friend finder memes but since they tend to attract people who mainly post privately and gear their journals to people who know them well, I was often lost and confused.
A while back (short while actually), one of the people on my friends list was complaining about the lack of quality entries in a friends of friends list because of all the silly communities and RSS feeds. I had suffered the same problem myself. So I wrote to LJ Help and got a fast answer and a cool filter. So I started, routinely, reading my filtered friends of friends list (http://susandennis.livejournal.com/friendsfriends?show=P) and found lots of fun, interesting new journals to read. As I find them, I move them to my own friends list.
And now my friends list is health again. I love reading the journals of people who are just reporting on their lives and their thoughts about them.
Live Journal has, for more than a decade, given me a wonderful place to express myself, record myself, think out loud, save stuff, and share stuff. But, also, learn from, be amused by, meet and enjoy a wide range of people from all over the world.
I'm very grateful. Thanks to new friends and old.