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All done with LJ... it's been a wonderful 5 years!
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I wrote up a post few days back on how I finally decided to quit LJ.  It failed to post properly.  I lost the post and tried again the next day.  After making sure it posted properly, I continued on to other things.  Today I looked back and discovered that the second post had somehow been lost as well.



I'm going to ignore conspiracy theories and keep this short.  



Basically, between the spammers, the DDoS attacks, and the relentless ads shown to nonmembers, I think it's time to leave.   LJ is like a warm bath that is gradually cooling down.  It's no longer pleasant or comfortable, but the anticipated brief pain of getting out to go somewhere better has been enough pain to keep me in.  It's hard to completely kill a community, even an online one.  There's always a small number of dedicated residents who will let things get really bad before they even think of moving.  (See the This American Life episode on the unreasonable persistence of cities)

I've had a good ~5 years here, and especially enjoyed using it during my travels in 2009.   The level of detail and richness I shared would not have been possible on Facebook.


No other web service seems to match the combination of depth, multiple privacy settings, and social that LJ does.  Google+ comes close but is not good for detailed multimedia posts.  Re: Dreamwidth, I am concerned that it does not have enough resources to stay current with evolving web publishing standards.  Facebook and Twitter are way too short and ephemeral and have limited privacy controls.  

I plan on mainly being active on google+ for short posts and a a not-yet-set-up wordpress blog for longer ones.  I realize that Google+'s pseudonym policy is preventing people from using it, but I have a feeling they are likely to give in on that one soon.  For the blog I'm debating between using the wordpress.com web service on my own domain and doing my own wordpress installation.  I'll do one more post here to note my blog's new location.  

Find me on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/thismattbell
Find my main web presence here: http://mattishere.wordpress.com/



See you all somewhere else on the giant tapestry of online social interaction.  May we meet again.  
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If you could keep cross-posting to LJ by any chance, that would be great.

My new blog will probably crosspost to LJ, but Google+ will not.

Check out Octopress. It's a geeky "blog compiler" but it's kind of neat in its simplicity compared to something like wordpress.

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Oh wow. I didn't think I'd see this from you.


Glad we're connected in other ways. The depth and importance of information shared here is one of the main reasons I stay. Fare thee well :)

I'm mainly still here because I have a permanent account and want to get my money's worth :-) But I'll see you on Google+ regardless (I'm manually linking all my LJ posts there).

I'm curious: does WordPress allow something like the Friends Page? I like using LJ as an aggregator, but would move on if another did it, especially if I could nuke spam and commercials.

I don't know... I may just end up using Google Reader for that.

WordPress specifically doesn't offer an equivalent, however 'RSS' readers in general pretty much serve that purpose. I use Google Reader to keep up with my favorite blog authors - regardless of what platform they post on.

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Adding your blog to my reader. I feel the same about LJ, but I kept cross-posting because I know a lot of people prefer reading things from their friends page over using readers. :)

By the by, do you actually plan on continuing blogging at all on that wordpress?

The blogging will likely happen on a domain I purchase as opposed to the wordpress domain. I can leave a comment here when it's all set up.

Sweet! I have enjoyed your posts the brief time we've been LJ friends because you never post anything of the "this morning I woke up and went out for breakfast with my friends. tomorrow i am dreading going to work" variety... you post with a purpose, if that makes sense. I look forward to your future blogging. :)

Thanks! Blogging about real things makes life more interesting. :-)

Yeah, I'm pretty much done too I think.

Sad to see you go, but I think people have been dropping off one by one anyway and it's just not what it used to be. Also, I have a hard time keeping up with it when I'm also reading Facebook and Google+ which at this point feels a lot more like home to me, since there's more people I know on them.

For the past 2 months, I've only checked lj maybe 3 times, and each time only read a few days worth of stuff... so I guess I have already effectively dropped off anyway. It's possible I'll still make occasional posts but I'm not sure who I'd expect to read them.

Let us know if you find anywhere that has what lj once had! I would still love to have a place like that, at least if I had the time for it.

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