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03 December 2007 @ 09:11 am
 
Looks like Livejournal is being sold. I'll be interested to watch how this develops, because the solitary reason I use LJ is because despite its flaws (and there are many), is that it's one-stop-shopping for comments. I used to use Moveable Type on my own website (and *God* how I miss the ability to, you know, design my own look & feel), but I was collecting 1. a lot of comment spam, and 2. comments in 3 different locations, not all of which were emailed to me.

At the risk of damaging my ego, I think I shall ask:

Would you follow this blog if it left the convenience of LJ?

yes
42(38.2%)
no
18(16.4%)
maybe
46(41.8%)
click click click
4(3.6%)
 
 
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Michellesilkblade on December 3rd, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
Actually following blogs isn't a problem. It's what bloglines and links lists are for. It would mean I'd largely lose out on comment discussions, though, since I forget to look at those.
The Angel of Vengeanceesmerel on December 3rd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what she said.
irishkate: writingirishkate on December 3rd, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Having the blog on lj makes me more likely to follow it daily and catch all the comments. On anything else I'd be playing in 4 or 5 different sandboxes to catch all my blogs and stuff - and I'd miss other people if we lost LJ but I'd stay in touch with certain blogs as an absolute minimum of which of course yours would be one.

I'd be likely to loose track of people I don't know so well rather than good friends
desperancedesperance on December 3rd, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
You'd have to get someone to set up a wossname, an LJ feed, a syndication. I do have Blogs From Elsewhere on my RSS feed - and I never ever think to read 'em. This is a community, they're Outside...
kitmizkit on December 3rd, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Actually, there's a syndication in place (mizkit_feed, I think), so it'd just get reactivated. But yah.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on December 3rd, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I just don't read outside LJ - even those friends who already have non-LJ blogs. So in all honesty, I had to say no.
mistrimistri on December 3rd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
I am very lazy and only go to non-lj blogs when I remember.

The sale could potentially be a good thing, you never know. The recent changes I haven't like have all happened under Six Apart's rule.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on December 3rd, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Reading lj is one of my unwinding activities and it's easy to remember. I try to keep up with other blogs, but I tend to be very erratic and not to comment because that takes up time I should be using fro writing.
Pony: Xmas Headthe1pony on December 3rd, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
I would, but it would be more of a "pop by once in a while and see what you've been saying" thing as opposed to a "read every post every day" thing.
Amberleyamberley on December 3rd, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
I'd read it as an RSS feed on LJ, if available.
Evil Headdrivingblind on December 3rd, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
This sets aside the whole question of whether or not you should leave: you shouldn't. Most of the reactions I have seen to the sale have been alarmist, not reasoned. LJ will keep on trucking on.
soapturtlesoapturtle on December 3rd, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Yes
Yes, yes I would. And I would like it better because your LJ feeds don't work anymore (haven't for some time) and I use bloglines and a desktop widget so I can see who's updated and read just the ones I want.

I think I have 3 total LJ's that I read, and you are the only one that posts with any regularity, but I have to remind myself with a sticky to check here every few days.

Also, Wordpress is the shit.
lady_findellady_findel on December 3rd, 2007 08:47 am (UTC)
I would follow your blog everywhere. I read it for its content, not because it was on LJ...
Natural20natural20 on December 3rd, 2007 09:00 am (UTC)
Yes, 'cos I'd grab the RSS feed here, but it'd be less easy, certainly.
Annasciamanna on December 3rd, 2007 09:33 am (UTC)
I would almost certainly follow it through a syndication on LJ. However, that is problematic for comments: the comment threads are going to happen on the new site rather than on LJ, and I'm much less likely to read them there.

...I should probably start using my feed aggregators (there's even one built into IE), but most days it's hard enough to keep up with LJ...
dqg_neal: anubisdqg_neal on December 3rd, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
I read lj almost daily. Anything on other blog types I may remember to check on a monthly basis.

16:9 1.78:1 OAR: Ryusixteenbynine on December 3rd, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
I use MT 4.0 myself now, and added a plugin that killed 99% of the spam dead in its tracks. The rest can be handled with one-click moderation.
ctearecteare on December 3rd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
I have accounts at Greatest Journal, Insane Journal and Vox. The truth though is that I only check them occasionally. LJ is the only one I check on a regular basis, and though I don't comment very much on your blogs, I do enjoy reading them.
annathepiper on December 3rd, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
I have Google Reader; were you to reactivate mizkit.com, I would of course keep reading. ^_^
Janne: Yzma Dear LJjanne on December 3rd, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Well, this isn't the first time LJ has been sold -- I'd wait and see how it turned out before fleeing, really.

And I'm waffling about what to vote on your poll, so I'll likely go with click click click. While I follow a couple of non-LJ blogs in Google reader, they do get lost in the spam a lot, whereas I'm religious about catching up on my LJ friendslist. So if you left I'd add you to the reader, certainly, but if you really wanted to be certain I'd read something email would be in order :)
Mary Annepers1stence on December 3rd, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
I would keep reading it, although more like twice a week, as opposed to my LJ friend's list, which I check a half-dozen times daily, as my 5 minute time-waster while i get ready for my next project of the day.
Merlin Of Chaosmerlinofchaos on December 3rd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
As you might expect from me, I'll note that a Drupal blog is more powerful than an MT blog and has livejournal crossposting abilities so you can keep an LJ blog that looks and feels like an LJ blog rather than an unfriendly feed, with comment control and the like. It's not quite as full featured as posting directly to LJ, but it does give you a much easier time designing your site. =)
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--contemplative (tersa)tersa on December 3rd, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
FWIW, the press release makes it sound like the entire reason SUP bought LJ is because they love LJ. And the fact that they pried it out of 6A and are going to make it the sole, dedicated product actually makes me feel *better* about it than when 6A bought it and made LJ one of its projects, and the red-headed stepchild project at that.

I don't expect things to change for the worse; I in fact think it's more likely to get better.
Brian: panda bouncinglogrusboy on December 3rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
The beauty part of LJ from the reader side is that we can follow lots of blogs from one handy place without having to know how to work RSS or any of those other magical handwavium-using processes. (Yours being, of course, by far the most important. But that Gaiman chap is right on your heels; best keep an eye on him--he might amount to something one day!)

You gotta do what you gotta do. But were you to leave, the pandas would cry.
Lynn Calvinromsfuulynn on December 3rd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
As long as it had a decent RSS feed
By which I mean one that has the whole entry. Because I'd just create a livejournal feed for it and continue to read it here. (I'd probably comment less and read fewer comments.)
plums deifyalmond_tiger on December 3rd, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
See, I'd follow everyone's blog if I could manage to make it read through google reader. But if I had to go click on every person's blog I think I'd lose it. However, I also acknowledge that LJ's eventually going down the tubes and eventually we'll have to deal with it.
tambowritestambowrites on December 4th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Of course I would. I read you every morning, even if I don't always comment. I'll follow you wherever you go.