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28 May 2011 @ 01:07 pm
Dreamwidth, fer Reals  
Well, spent an hour or two getting used to the lay of the land here, and having beaten a theme I could stand into submission until it didn't completely make my eyes bleed (through the application of a fair amount of custom CSS -- I wasn't quite willing to write a style completely from scratch, which would have taken longer. Maybe I will someday).

So, well, I'm officially here on Dreamwidth.

So... From now on, I'll be posting to Dreamwidth instead of Livejournal. I think Dreamwidth is probably the future, and if it isn't, well, I still don't care, because the key point is that it doesn't annoy me like Livejournal increasingly has, and besides, the people I read are slowly switching over. Plus... I don't really care that much about blogosphere in the first place, truth be told (as if you couldn't tell by my extremely frequent posting), especially as I've now uncoupled all of my RSS feeds from it. I read the stuff that seems interesting as I have the time.

And so... Now I've got a seed account here to go with my permanent account on LJ.

So, what does that really mean? For the time being, I'll be crossposting from DW to LJ, although eventually it's likely I'll stop, maybe in a year, maybe in three. Or maybe never -- you never know. I'll still read my friends list on LJ for a while, although eventually I'll probably stop doing that, too. No idea when that might happen, though, maybe in a year, maybe in three, maybe after some other finite period of time.

If anyone is interested in moving as well (or, well, diversifying?), I do have a number of Dreamwidth invitation codes; I just need an email address to send them to. You can leave a comment with your email address, or probably better yet, get my email address out of my profile (if you don't already have it) and drop me a line. At the moment I still have eleven left; I think Ai-chan might have more, too, on the off chance I actually run out.

Anyway... That's the state of the blog. Other than the hosting, it's unlikely much will change.

[ Crossposted from http://doubt72.dreamwidth.org/719.html :: comments there. ]
Dustybigmog on May 29th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
I guess I don't really understand what issues people have with LiveJournal that would cause them to leave. At any rate, DreamWidth will also be a site on a list of those long forgotten in favor of something bigger and better. DreamWidth is the future until it isn't anymore. (See Friendster, MySpace, etc)

In my younger days I would be thrilled to jump onto new offerings and leave the old in the bin. These days however I prefer familiar sites where I have friends yet.

A related observation: despite Ai's blog entries all requesting people to comment at DW, most of the comments are still on LJ. The entries are cross posted but the comments are not. If you consider the comments a worthy feature, then in this case, Ai's LJ is "winning".

Kyaa the Catlord: maki maki maki makikyaathecatlord on May 29th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)

I don't see a point abandoning this site until it stops being useful to me.

Besides, I have a permanent account here and lots of delicious icons.

I don't use LJ like I once did, nor do I have the hundreds of friends I had here once, but it still has my communities and my closest friends from the old days.

For the most part.

And I know no one on DW but Ai and Doug... One gets crossposted and the other doesn't post. I think I'm not jumping ship any time soon.

Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on May 29th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm suggesting you (or anyone) do abandon it if you don't have reason to. It's just that for me, it's lost most of its usefulness. Blogging barely fits my life anymore, so it doesn't take much bother to move me.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on May 29th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not a contest, and YMMV, but the reason (most) people I know are moving is political (or indirectly political, since it has to do with LJ's management neglect). I don't care particularly about that (except, maybe, bad management on the technical side, which they occasionally present). My main annoyance lately is with the Russian spam (although fooling with the settings, boy is LJ hard to navigate -- but that's mostly a one-time thing).

As for the social aspect, that's been dead for me for a long time; once I de-coupled my RSS feeds from LJ, I really stopped caring about my friends list very much. Anybody I'm actually friends with I can keep up with other ways (and if it's important or interesting, like you getting a dog, I tend to find out about stuff posted on LJ second-hand or through other channels, anyway, because I'm usually so far behind). Besides, the two journals that I'm the most interested in reading have already jumped ship to DW.

Ai-chan's reasons for moving are not mine (in fact, she was kind of happy about being able to leave some people behind, although if she was really serious about that, her methods are strange to me). But for what I actually want out of a blog (basically, just a place to post pictures), DW does do it better and with less bother. Most of the people who read the stuff I actually want read aren't coming from my friends list anyway, they mostly get a link I send them elsewhere (which is while why I not-entirely-idly considered dropping LJ altogether before I finally decided to switch to DW, I'm still not considering dropping FB even though it's a bazillion times more annoying at times).
hamanosilencehamanosilence on May 29th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
I am contemplating about that too doug, but so far I did not come to the point I really want to jump over... although I might consider it as a way to secure my lj posts on a second site without having to worry about the copying ^^.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on May 29th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Well, if you ever need a code, but me or Ai-chan.
sf_readersf_reader on May 30th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
You are the first person I have ever heard mention DreamWidth.

I'm afraid that the 7 online communities where I already participate, are already too many.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on May 31st, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
Really? I'm surprised, a significant number of people in SFF fandom have switched (mainly because it's exactly like LJ, with a cleaner codebase and without the annoying management -- it was a code fork when LJ got bought out a few years ago).

And yeah seven is too many. I'm probably "active" in about three now (LJ, FB, DW), although even that's kind of a stretch. I don't really keep up with any of them consistently.