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21 January 2012 @ 11:35 pm
is LJ dead?  

Is Livejournal dead? Are we all using Tumblr and Twitter (and for me, to an increasingly lesser degree, Facebook) these days? I don’t ask because of this article (touting LJ’s return; hat-tip to Charlie for the link), but because man, it’s *really* seemed quiet the past few months, and only seems to be growing increasingly so. And of course it’s not any skin off my nose to keep cross-posting, but boy, there’s a lot of whistling in the wind going on.

Of course, a Saturday afternoon/evening is probably not the best time to post and ask this, but once upon a time it wouldn’t have been a *bad* time. Or maybe it’s just everybody’s moved on to a new phase in their lives where they don’t have time to blog as much, much like there was a slow visible drop-off in MUSHing among my friends lo these many years ago now as people moved on and out of college and perhaps out of jobs that let them be online 24/7, and started having children and doing other things which quite reasonably had greater demand on their time.

I dunno. I miss the community. I know I’m not doing a great job keeping up my end, either, with sporadic postings, but I miss it anyway.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

 
 
 
rfrancis on January 24th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I'm a few days behind on my LJ reading, which would seem to suggest the answer is "yes, I think it's dead," except I hope that it is not.

The thing is...

I talk about stuff on LJ that gets me complained at elsewhere. No shit, when I posted occasional health updates on Facebook I got griped at by a good friend that I was a downer. (I have solved that by just not saying anything on Facebook. I pretty much hate Facebook anyway. But I digress.)

I need LJ, and a core of LJ friends who continue to use it, to exist so that I can talk about what's on my mind without sweating over it. I thought for a bit that G+ would become that place and got ready to move out of LJ, except that didn't really happen, and to be honest I thought their asinine names policy is mostly why. Yes, yes, supposedly they're going to relax that finally, but too little too late, I think. LJ and Dreamwidth and stuff persist in being the place we can come socialize, eh, "in persona" as it were and as anonymous as we choose to be. Sure, for you and I, that's not very anonymous, but for others...

I dunno. The vibe of LJ has always been a lot like the vibe of social muds to me, not the least of which because the same people comprised my friends list for a long time and probably still do in great part. :) And I find that I need that. Not always. But from time to time. If my memory weren't so godawful poor, I'd probably post a lot more, but I tend to forget whatever I feel I need to get off my chest before actually getting it off my chest. Sigh.

I didn't read any other comments on this post so if I repeated what other people said, oh well.