Would it be so difficult for livejournal to distinguish between 'people I want to read' and 'people I want to read me'? I know there are filters, but it's extra steps to add people to filters when I've friended them, and extra steps to go to 'custom' when I post what ought to be a simple friends-locked post. Ordinarily I just go to the journal itself to read someone I don't feel like addressing, but there's this current fashion for eye-searing colours and tiny fonts. If I want them in black on white, I have to friend them. Pfui.
(PS: The gripes are not sweetened by the current rabbit-eyed headcold-and-allergy cocktail.)