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Apparently livejournal lets us schedule posts now! Nobody told me, it was added back in like APRIL where all you have to do is postdate an entry, and it saves it as a draft until THE FUTURE. Nearly every other blogging platform has this... wordpress, blogger, you can really set a blog to run on autopilot. it's great for me because I like to update every day, but tend to get ideas for entries in spurts, I start writing and everything just floods into my head.

Of course, setting your blog up to auto-post your thoughts kinda makes you feel like a robot. I already feel guilty enough that livejournal automatically posts to twitter, I try to check into twitter a few times a week in person, I don't want to just be calling it in.

Of course, by being a robot and writing into my future I become that much closer to my dream of retiring from life as spacefem and quietly passing the identity onto some young collegiate feminist who would take on the name and keep me going like the dread pirate roberts.

Anyway this makes me happy because for a while I was scared for livejournal. For years now we hear comments like "Oh you have a livejournal? That's so 2003, how cute! Maybe later we can hang out in yahoo chat rooms and see who's in the hot tub?" It's true, no website lasts forever. We saw the real and true death of geocities and maybe I'm still shaken up by that. When livejournal didn't seem like it was adding many new features, I was kind of worried.

I was even happy this year when they re-vamped the friends page. Most of the world seemed to complain about it, because that's what you do when a website changes, any website. I know, I run websites, I've angered many people over the years by spontaneously redesigning forums and such. But like facebook's newsfeed, we all get used to it and move on with our lives and look forward to the next change we can hate.

It doesn't take much every year for livejournal to convince me to stay. I have friends who comment, I have no idea how you get those on tumblr or blogger, I think you have to campaign for followers and be part of some giant social media "sphere" where everyone is connected and must "interact" in order to return comments or something, it's really a mystery to me. On livejournal, you just hear from the same friends you've heard from for the last ten years. I'll take it! We'll all grow old together here, blogging away on a platform our children never even hear about and therefore will never want to infiltrate. We will never worry about being on the next big thing or wonder if the world will follow us onto this exciting new platform, there will be no google+ level failure for public outreach.

It'd be nice if they'd reduce spam, sure. Or accept new suggestions. And that gallery thing they did earlier this year was kinda weird. And the damn ipad app doesn't work. But I don't need my platform to be perfect, just around, stable, and established. It has to let me type words into a text box, store them in a database, and render them into HTML later for public consumption. I am not asking for much.

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nessasplace
Dec. 19th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
I like livejournal. It has the right amount of 'stuff' for me and the people on it are the best. I don't mind the changes either.
sailorgarnet
Dec. 19th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
"It doesn't take much every year for livejournal to convince me to stay. I have friends who comment, I have no idea how you get those on tumblr or blogger, I think you have to campaign for followers and be part of some giant social media "sphere" where everyone is connected and must "interact" in order to return comments or something, it's really a mystery to me. On livejournal, you just hear from the same friends you've heard from for the last ten years. I'll take it! We'll all grow old together here, blogging away on a platform our children never even hear about and therefore will never want to infiltrate. We will never worry about being on the next big thing or wonder if the world will follow us onto this exciting new platform, there will be no google+ level failure for public outreach."

This paragraph is also why I won't leave LJ. Sure I miss the Brad days, but I am here for the long haul.

FYI: The android app doesn't really work either.
litlebanana
Dec. 19th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm planning to stay, but I also have my blogger blog. They both have their pros and cons. If you want to have a really popular blog, LJ is not the best platform. If you want to have a place to record your thoughts to a select group of friends, LJ is great.

My biggest worry about LJ is that it will simply shut down, since not enough people use it. Or else, it will become paid only or something like that.
ms_geekette
Dec. 19th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
LJ is fairly popular in Russia, at this point. It's clearly popular enough for opposition to free speech to back DNS attacks on the site. XD

I think current PTB don't really care as much about user input as the previous PTB may have. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the main revenue stream for LJ, at this point, is ad revenue, so I seriously doubt it will ever become a paid only service.

Everyone says Blogger/Wordpress is more popular, but I don't really see many people commenting that much on the Blogger-hosted blogs that I follow. I have toyed with starting one for some of my genealogy research, but I have a feeling it would just be me speaking into the void. I kinda don't want to expend the effort if no one interacts with me.

I think blogging has become highly fragmented in the past 5 years. There's just too many services out there.
litlebanana
Dec. 20th, 2012 12:40 am (UTC)
I made a blogger post this morning that already has over 50 comments.
ms_geekette
Dec. 20th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
I guess the blogs I follow are pretty niche, b/c a "good" amount of comments is 1-5 on an entry, unless it's something controversial, then there might be 10 or more. XD
lilac_ribbon
Dec. 20th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I like LJ because it's my online diary and sharing place. I have a select group of friends who use it and read and that's enough. For generic things, I can use facebook or twitter.
ant_fugue
Dec. 20th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
LJ for me has a different significance - it works as this amazing filter for interesting people. I largely write in Russian, and at some point even found a Russian-language community (which has amazing grown to well over 20,000 users). I find that people who write great LJ blogs turn out to be fascinating people. Much of our family's social circle is composed of LJ "de-virtualized" friends.
mrs_dragon
Dec. 20th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Like the others above me, I feel greater personal connections to my lj friends. I haven't been on here as much this year because I've been on the computer less. Also, I feel a little like Matilda at the end of the book, when she loses her powers because now she is using her brain for schoolwork...I feel like I turn over "deep thoughts" less, chew on things less, because I've been so engaged with reading, sewing...things that are less in my head and more in the world. Don't know if that is good or bad, but it just is. I'm hoping to get back in the habit after the new year, I miss you all. : )
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