Due to various reasons, I have three levels of Flists. Red, White, and Blue (I base this on the whole time share thing, that's why I picked those colors, no other reason.)
If you're new to my journal, you can pick the "level" of friend you want to be. This is entirely your choice, but if you pick red or blue, you're going to get closer to discovering the real me. This might not appeal to you, especially if you only came here to hear about my cats or the funnier stuff I write. (which, oddly, is usually about the cats.)
If you ever want to change what color you are, you can leave a message here. There will be a link to this post on my More About Me post, so this entry should be easy to find. I promise to be a mature adult about this and not be offended if anyone wants to switch down. In fact, I'd rather switch someone to white, than have someone upset with me.
That being said, here are the levels:
1: White. Everyone who is on my FL will be on "white," it's automatic. If you don't respond to this, you'll be on white, don't worry about it. Most of the white entries will be stuff that isn't even Flocked, which will mean mostly amusing stories about my cat or silly neighbors. Nothing too serious, nothing ranty, of course. I'll only make it a friending issue, for people who want to list me as a friend, just because they like the cat stories from time to time. Big, general news I'll put there too, like, "Holy cats, I won Powerball! Who wants to go to Disney world, my treat?"So, that's about it in a nutshell. Leave a message telling me which one you want to be on, if you want to friend me.
2: Blue Blue is the middle. You get the cat stories, you'll get rants too, but mostly if they're rather uncontroversial rants, or things I know most folks on my FL are in agreement with me about, such as stupid people are annoying, why isn't there more chocolate cake in the world, or why are some Christians tiresome bores who have completely missed Jesus' message of love, understanding, and forgiveness.
3: Red. This is me baby, deal. Yes, I talk about cats. I'm moderately funny. I rant, and sometimes you might even disagree with my rants, but if you've read my User Info you'll know how to handle it. Yes, I will still be considerate and do most of my ranting behind an LJ cut, because it's too long, and just because most of the time you don't mind my ranting and raving, doesn't mean you want to see it 100% of the time. Especially when it seems to have spawned all over your FL. But mostly, baby, it's gonna be me. The good, the bad, the absolute ugly. I may ask opinions of things you feel strongly about and you and I may find out that we don't see eye to eye about it. But, if you y consider me to be a friend, not just "That weird chick with the insane cats" on LJ, you'll realize that friends don't have to see eye to eye on everything.
My usual custom is to friend anyone who friends me first. If you don't indicate which level you wish to be at, I will automatically put you on the "white" level.