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I've recently heard from many sources that Livejournal is dying.

This is a mixed bag for me, in the sense that:

  • I am very unhappy about LJ's breaking of their community promise never to have advertisements, and the fact that that promise silently disappeared from their statement of principles. Classy.
  • LJ has been utterly overrun by spambots, to the extent that jwz's Xscreensaver hack that pulls random new entries from the latest-posts feed only rarely pulls something other than spam. This is partly a result of the DMCA getting the "safe habour" provisions only half-right; LJ, like every other forum, either must commit to taking full responsibility for policing their content or basically not do anything. Proactive-enough measures to kill spam accounts would incur liability, so ... yeah. Fail.
  • I use LJ right now as the main mirror of my blog (which is naturally hosted on my own software/server and just auto-pushed to LJ). I disabled comments in my own software ages ago when I noticed that spammers cared enough about peddling their viagra that they bothered figuring out how to mass-post spam on my software (despite, as far as I know, my being the only one who's running it anywhere).
  • It's still clumsy to seamlessly friend/comment/talkback across different sites. People also often expect, if you establish an account on some of these accounts, that you're using it in the fullest sense. If I wrote the glue to mirror all my posts to Facebook (ugh), I bet people would be unhappy if they use facebook's other features to try to interact with me.
So, where do people actually communicate/blog nowadays? I know there are people who have moved to DreamWidth, DeadJournal, or InsaneJournal, and maybe some people have moved back to Xanga, Blogger, or other similar sites. Maybe more people have moved towards self-hosted WordPress (eww) or other sites. Perhaps people prefer to blog less formally now and do tweets or G+/FB posts instead? I may kinda-sorta keep track of the people I follow (and there still seems to be a fair amount of content on my LJ friends page, although a good amount of it is just through their aggregator).

I am now reasonably likely to make an aggregator component to my blog/wiki software if I leave LJ, but I'm wondering if I should add the ability to push my posts out to any particular other sites.

If anyone would like to contribute their impressions of how the places and kinds of blogging are changing recently, I'd love to hear about it.



i have felt myself falling away from livejournal over the past several weeks. i don't have a way of judging how much my discomforts with it (feeling less and less validated in making posts; not finding the types of discussion i would want) are from personal anxiety and how much of it is external force - the more commentary i see about it being a real thing, the more comfort, but all the same, i can't seem to refresh the fading feeling of healthiness in investing myself in my posts.

i've sort of tended to using google+ for short impersonal interaction (the kind for which i expect validation/discussion), and taking my more involved exploration to private conversations (which shift is itself a good exercise in self-confidence).

Edited at 2011-09-06 02:42 am (UTC)
I feel I want to continue this experiment with public thought that I started over ten years and over 2800 entries ago. It's legacy, and it keeps me honest, and it helps me remember how much I've changed. That keeping me honest is pretty important; I don't trust myself not to lie or posture to other people, but I have built an inner tabboo (which I have sometimes broken) against re-editing past entries for comfort. Maybe there's also the idea that taking my writings as a whole lets me be more comfortable treating this as something which doesn't need frequent re-introduction of concepts for newcomers, unlike those discussions with others. Chances are in five years I won't be in regular contact with anyone I know today and it'd take awhile to build that terminological/perspectival rapport with someone new; this is somewhere I can stay at least reasonably deep.

I think I also want to be an example of a person who's open with their faults and perspectives and is possibly not part of whatever perspectival hegemony is in vogue. I think it's hard to have a good grasp of human nature without constantly being exposed to variety in perspective and people who are on a mission of philosophical self-discovery.

Still, it is sometimes draining. I'm not really looking much for validation here though, just the impression of readership which might include my later self, and if I have children, them as well.
yeah, I mean, I deeply value the public expression as well, but it doesn't really encourage me to be complete in my honesty - i touched on it a bit here, and i'm finding private interaction a "safer" way to keep myself away from those tendencies.

i know i shouldn't expect validation from posting to livejournal, but with my self-confidence as under construction as it is, i need it strongly from somewhere before i can reasonably avoid such a dependence. i would like to get back into posting equanimously eventually, but i feel no real pull to do so, so it's taking its sweet time.

My impressions of where people have gone

At first it seemed like LJ people were going to Dreamwidth, but most of those that I know that did that also mirrored things back here, and most of their friends didn't follow to Dreamwidth, so whatever life remained on those posts tended to stay on LJ.

But Facebook is really where people seem to have gone. Almost everybody is there in some capacity, so the audience is higher there. Though the filtering capabilities aren't as convenient as on LJ.

Lots of techie and early-adopter types moved (at least partly) from Facebook to Google+. Then that migration slowed or even reversed due to the "nymwars" real-name issue, especially since many of those people and their friends had their accounts disabled when Google decided it didn't like their names.

I do know a number of people going to places like Wordpress.com, but that's mostly for their specialty blogs rather than the usual LJ-style thing.

Many also have gone to Twitter of course, but because of the length limitations there it's usually in addition to some other site -- often at least partly an explicit mirror or link to a blog site or Facebook. In some ways Twitter has taken over the function of RSS feeds.