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My (last?) year on Livejournal

This time last year, I temporarily rage-quit Livejournal for Dreamwidth in the wake of yet another outage. I came back, obviously, but I'm still not very happy with the fact that this place has turned into a desert. I have to confess that this year I stopped reading my friends list regularly, after 14 years; there's just so much more going on on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even (despite its drawbacks) LinkedIn.

However, one benefit of the lower traffic on Livejournal is that quite often I am finding I have got the top post on the whole site for an hour or so. This year the following posts achieved that:

18 Feb: The top names in my address book (2 hours at the top - the others all managed only one hour)
19 Feb: Goodreads/LibraryThing stats: Clarke submission list
17 May: Pounded In The Butt By My Second Hugo Award Nomination, by Chuck Tingle
8 Jul: Wonder Woman in Belgium
30 Jul: Excursion, 21-22 July (lots of pictures)
17 Aug: The Administrator's Tale - part 1 of my 2017 Hugo memories
10 Sep: Along the Dijle with Bo
17 Dec: Which lines of longitude and latitude pass through the most countries?

LJ also tracks when one of your entries gets into the top 25 across Livejournal. In addition to the above, the following entries achieved that (some of these are very odd choices, and I can only assume bot activity as the explanation):

19 Feb: BSFA shortlist
26 Mar: Interesting Links for 26-03-2017 (this mystifies me)
29 Mar: Interesting Links for 29-03-2017 (likewise)
8 Apr: My votes for BSFA Short Fiction 2016
27 May: Interesting Links for 27-05-2017
27 May again: The landlord's daughter's story, revisited
18 June: My tweets
18 Aug: The Adminstrator's Worldcon - part 2 of my 2017 Hugo memories

My most commented entries (in some cases including the automatic LJ "top 25" comment) were:

23 Jul: The 2017 WSFS Business Meeting: Deterring Slates (16)
18 Aug: The Adminstrator's Worldcon - part 2 of my 2017 Hugo memories (11)
18 Feb: The top names in my address book (9)
26 Nov: Everfair map confusion - what do you think? (9)
1 Feb: The Colour Of Magic, by Terry Pratchett (8)
25 Dec: A Christmassy poll (8)
11 Jan: BSFA shortlist (7)
15 Jul: The 2017 WSFS Business Meeting: reforming the Artist Hugos (7)
17 Aug: The Administrator's Tale - part 1 of my 2017 Hugo memories (7)
4 Jan: What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF, by Jo Walton (6)
17 Feb: Interesting Links for 17-02-2017 (6)
8 Mar: Interesting Links for 08-03-2017 (6)
13 Nov: The Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum (6)

On a more positive note, my sfnal activities clearly still have traction on LJ, relatively more so than on Facebook or Twitter.

Since the community aspect of LJ has almost disappeared, I want to switch to a system which has the tagging, image-hosting and formatting facility of LJ (Dreamwidth doesn't do image hosting very well), and preferably also one that I can transfer back copies of LJ to. I already have a backup wordpress account, but since the LJ importer for Wordpress no longer works, it's increasingly out of date. Open to suggestions.


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Dec. 29th, 2017 10:28 am (UTC)
I still have some friends here, plus at DW, but you're right: it's fairly deserted which doesn't encourage one to make posts. I've never found another model that's as good for conversations, though I suppose Facebook is the best of a bad lot (and I can only use that with heavy filtering from FB Purity). I miss the old days when LJ was full of fellow fans and active, fun communities.
Dec. 30th, 2017 07:59 am (UTC)
Me too.
Dec. 29th, 2017 11:37 am (UTC)
I'm currently posting to Dreamwidth, cross-posting to LiveJournal which backs up to LJ Archive on my own PC. DW doesn't seem to have a direct backup facility (I'd love to hear otherwise). This is a silly setup but I haven't had time to figure out anywhere to go. If you do find an LJ lookalike, preferably one with a backup facility, I would also be interested.

Meanwhile, I continue to read you here.
Dec. 29th, 2017 01:58 pm (UTC)
You're probably already aware of this but perhaps worth mentioning: I'm finding quite a lot more of the community aspect on DW than I thought I would.
Dec. 29th, 2017 02:09 pm (UTC)
I still read, and post, but not as often as I used to I expect. (I'm on FB but not any other social media.)
Dec. 29th, 2017 02:55 pm (UTC)
What made you leave Dreamwidth?
Dec. 29th, 2017 04:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't left as such - still backing up this journal to DW as insurance.

But as I recorded at the time:
  1. Dreamwidth's image hosting sucks,
  2. the embedding of media from other sites is clunky and unreliable,
  3. there is no way to schedule a post in advance,
  4. to reflect posts to Facebook and Twitter, you have to cross-post to LJ as DW doesn't have that capability.
It's basically where LJ was six years ago

Edited at 2017-12-29 05:02 pm (UTC)
Dec. 30th, 2017 08:01 am (UTC)
Ten years ago I could embed videos and pics easily on LJ.
Still can’t easily on DW.
Dec. 30th, 2017 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have to use a separate tool to post DW links to Twitter/Facebook. And the lack of photo hosting is a huge miss.
Dec. 29th, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
“How Popular is LiveJournal?”

Whaddya mean?  This place is JUMPING!

        Defaced with Cyrillic graffiti, the derelict sign was still readable:

        Liv Journal is a uniqu  plac  wh r  p opl  shar  
        th ir lif  stori s, giv  advic  and  xchang  id as

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