I hate talking about myself... first of all, I am not a good salesman and second, I either don't give enough information for people to consider or I end up straying into the realm of TMI. Both disasterous when it comes to making an impression on new folks, so keep that in mind :P
I'm not a very social person, getting to know new folks can be a challenge. Combination of anxiety (I've been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety) and just being a bit of a lone wolf normally. So this, putting myself out there, is good experience and if I pick up a few lasting friendships along the way, even better.
I'm thirty-six years old, child-free by choice (although godmother to two wondeful twin boys), professional student, writer, gamer (GW2, Mayfair train games, chess, Magic: The Gathering- among others), devourer of books (love my Nook but still collect books), lover of history, loves archery and target shooting, an aspiring chef- if only for friends and family, loves languages, spiritual but not religious (pagan in belielfs though), has a set of standards and a moral code that I try to live by but am open minded - it isn't my place to push my beliefs on anyone else or judge them, loves music- alternative to zydeco, enjoys photography, enjoys drawing (but I'm not very good)...
There is more, but trying to avoid that whole TMI thing. A couple more things:
I don't view LJ friendships as less than other types of friendships- folks here are not disposable. I understand that not every attempt at friendship is going to work out, but to me, variety is the spice. I am not going to defriend someone I get to know simply because I don't like their politics or religious views or if I find out they love Psy and his Gangnam Style hit. I left high school a long time ago, I am not interested in hive-minded, clique style friends who find people disposable if for some reason they become 'unpopular'.
Also- what you will find in my journal? Updates on real life goings-on, memes (I'm a bit of a meme whore- I find them to be fascinating and a good way to get to know people), various rants and raves- both of the positive and negative variety, writing ventures, and occasional posts about fandom (at the moment mostly revolving around Castle, The Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, Beauty and the Beast, Revolution, and Modern Family). I also post a series of three (usually random) questions, a few times a week, for people on my flist to answer if they so choose.
What am I looking for? I am not looking for 'perfect' people. I am not out to make my friend's list a 'happy place only'. I am looking for real people and real people have issues. I am not going to dismiss potential friends, or cast aside people because they are not paragons of positivity. I find that sort of request very repugnant and rather telling of a person's character and not something I will make. To paraphrase... 'give me your tired, your depressed, your upset... alongside with the positive, the upbeat and happy-go-lucky', all are welcome here. The only people who would not find welcome on my flist would be racists, homophobes and bullies...those are three groups that need not apply as it were.
I'll finish this with a pic:
I will ask that you leave a note to this post or on one of my public entries saying that you want to give friendship a go... random and unannounced adds I tend to just tend to dismiss as spammers.