In the meantime, rather than push myself too hard to get over my LJ baggage from a few years back and start posting here regularly right away, I've gone ahead and set up an account on Formspring; that feels like a way to get back into practice with more open online social interaction, in what feels like a more controlled environment, and a fresh start without the baggage of my past mistakes weighing on me. If you have or are interested in setting up a Formspring account, feel free to socialize with me there by asking me questions. Hopefully that'll help me break the ice and get past some of my stuff.
Now to see if I can manage to get some decent sleep, here.
(EDIT, 6:35 am: Apparently not. Hey, do me a favor? There's this webcomic tournament bracket thing that my favorite comic, Unsounded, is competing in. Could you click here, scroll down to just below the third tourney bracket ("Robinson Division"), and vote for Unsounded over Evil Inc.? It's an incredible online graphic novel by a talented author that deserves wider recognition. This is a great opportunity for it to get more widely noticed. You should really read it, especially if you're a fan of quality original fantasy stories. (Looking at you, RJ newsgroup crowd!) Check it out and give it some love. Sorry for the spammy nature of this edit, but hey, gotta do my part for the cause.)