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Alethea & Athena
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6th-Apr-2017 10:26 pm
Well, our schedule ran away with us again, but what else is new? I wanted to talk about the whole LiveJournal situation. I'm really not too worried about the new terms of service. I don't usually lock any posts, so everything here has been available for pretty much anybody to find all this time anyway. In fact, if I understand things right, LJ is trying to make it impossible to search anyway, so the new policies might actually make this blog more private, but it's possible I'm confused. I don't have the time to look into it right now.

What I am worried about is the fact that we were down to very few people who show any signs of posting on our friends' list, and they've decided enough is enough. That's their decision and I'm not going to fault them for it, but basically what it leaves Athena and me with is no place to go to make connections with the outside world. I mean, of course there's Facebook, but it's just not the same, you know?

So we're pretty undecided about what to do with our own LJ. It's a pretty handy place to keep records of the cool stuff we see, at like Disneyland and stuff, and I like to have those reports to go look back on. So I want to keep writing stuff up, but I wonder if it's time to do it somewhere else or if we should just stick around here because it's not like we're going to be making any connections on another blog community or anything. I just don't know what to do. And yesterday was our LiveJournal anniversary, too.

Today I'm thankful for finishing the first draft we worked on today, getting to watch Beverly Hillbillies for something cheerier, twelve years with a nifty enough blogging service (not that we've decided to give it up yet, just that those twelve years have been pretty good), Page being all cute again, and Elly's jaguar.
7th-Apr-2017 11:59 am (UTC)
I figured the new LJ thing would make people unhappy but for my own part I don't understand the reasons to be wary enough to actually do anything about it.

For what it's worth, I still read your posts here and will probably continue my very occasional posts on my own journal. But if you decide to move on elsewhere I'll follow you there too! Habit and your posts are pretty much the main/only reason I click my LJ bookmark (I read or skim Ysa's too, but mostly they're just links these days and it sounds like she may stop crossposting anyway now) so it's not like it would be any harder to just switch to a different bookmark to check on daily :)

I revisited my old daily fashion blog recently and found I still have dreams/delusions of picking that up again Someday... Anyway, blogspot (where my blog is hosted) goes through your gmail account,so if you started something up there, it would probably be a fairly simple process. It might even be something you could share links to on facebook if you wanted to share certain posts with a wider audience? (maybe, maybe not. I know that I write for a particular audience (of maybe 4 people, haha) when I post on LJ, and a different audience (everyone I know) on FB. but on the other hand it kind of feels weird sometimes for me to feel like I have different lives in different parts of the internet, so I wouldn't mind something more cohesive. that's probably why I post more on FB now, and why I try to bring up occasional work stuff along with the other things of daily interest to me.)
8th-Apr-2017 12:13 am (UTC)
I don't really understand it, either. I mean, I read an article that explained the problems, but I didn't see why they were a problem for me personally.

Thanks for reading! And thanks for your support! Thanks to the laws of inertia, normally I would probably just keep doing the same old thing, but it's weird to think of coming to LJ to check out what's new and be reminded again that it's still just us. ...Which is almost how it's been for the last several weeks, so it's not like it would be that big a change. We're just lonely, and Facebook is consistently boring and/or full of political hate (on both sides of the aisle, in case anyone still thinks one party is pure good and the other is pure evil).

We could probably share links to our LJ on Facebook, now that you mention it, but we're still getting over the hurdle of convincing ourselves that anybody over there is interested. It's not that we have different lives, just that we don't feel the need to volunteer information unless someone has shown an interest...which is part of why we have such a hard time posting on Facebook. It basically feels like shouting into the void and hoping somebody whose interested hears it. (So thanks for the comments, by the way!)

So I guess the reason we're still so attached to LiveJournal is that we've come across just enough people who were like, "Look, I don't want to read about..." that we're afraid to bother people with it on Facebook (because there are so many more people there, whose tastes we are less familiar with), and we have such a small audience on LJ that we're more comfortable posting whatever we want. I don't know; I think there's a lot of psychological stuff going on that we just don't have the time to unpack. Hence the indecisiveness.

The short version is, we're still thinking about it, but for now I'm not planning to give up blogging entirely.
7th-Apr-2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
I am going to be moving to DreamWidth soon. I've had an account there for some time, but have rarely used it. I just don't feel safe posting at LJ anymore, and that makes me both angry and sad. I will be giving notice when that happens and I am going to keep my LJ up for a while, at least, because I don't want to lose contact with the very few friends I treasure who are staying here, you being among them. Of course, it is an individual choice, and I will still read your LJ if you decide to stay here. I do hear that DW is a pretty nice place to play, though. ;) I know you'd be more than welcome there if you decide to move. (No pressure, of course. You know me well enough to know that I will be respectful of any option you might choose.) ♥
8th-Apr-2017 12:16 am (UTC)
Aww, we like reading your posts, too! Sorry for commenting on them so rarely.

If you don't mind my asking, what is it exactly that feels so unsafe about LiveJournal?

We'll think about Dreamwidth. It didn't seem like a good fit for us during the Great Migration, but who knows? One thing I do know, though, is that if we haven't figured out how to make new friends here, I have no idea how we'd go about making friends there. Either way, I think we're going to have to take part in a friending meme.
8th-Apr-2017 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think "I don't feel safe here" was a little dramatic. ;)

Basically, I'm not very comfortable with the way that the new Terms of Service were presented, and I'm not exactly sure of what they contain, and I'm not comfortable with that, either.

Also, I only have a very few friends left here, and even fewer that post with any regularity (which, as I stated before, doesn't mean that I don't treasure the ones who do); and all of the communities that I used to be part of are completely dead. So I guess I just think it's a good time to move on. I do not want to lose touch with you, though, so I guess we'll have to figure something out. If you stay here, and your journal is open to the public, I think I can still read it, although I don't know if I will be able to comment if my LJ is deleted. But I can reach you through Facebook, and perhaps you could give me an email address where I could reach you?

I will still be around until I give notice otherwise, and even then, I'll probably leave my journal up until I figure out how to transfer or archive it. So no worries. This isn't good-bye or anything. (Now that does sound dramatic! LOL! I suddenly have the music to "Good-bye, Farewell" from the Sound of Music playing in my head. ^_^)

Edited at 2017-04-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
9th-Apr-2017 02:17 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. We're actually in pretty much the same boat--our friends list is almost dead. We don't want to lose touch with you, either! We are considering Dreamwidth, but we're undecided. In the meantime, my email address is my first name and last initial at Gmail. No special characters.

We will definitely be in touch!
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