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I first joined Livejournal back in 2003, at the urging of high school friends such as [livejournal.com profile] anya_1984, [livejournal.com profile] catpuccino and [livejournal.com profile] miss_foxy. We'd all finished secondary school, and were scattering to various places for university -- the idea was to use LJ as a way to stay in touch. I barely used it at all during those early years, and didn't really get a feel for blogging as a medium (or LJ as a platform) until 2007, when I got heavily involved in online fandom. My fannish activity at this point was mostly confined to the two book fansites where I hung out, but most of the people on those forums also had LJ accounts, so I ended up adding them there, where we had more personal and less fannish subject-specific conversations than those taking place on the forums. However, while I was active on LJ during its heyday, I never really felt a part of things there: most of the people I talked to on LJ were people I knew first elsewhere, and apart from the odd person I met through the two of us being the only people to list very obscure interests, LJ-based fandom seemed to pass me by. To the extent that I was aware of it, it always seemed to be a conversation that was happening elsewhere, with rules and conventions that were opaque to me. By the time I was interested in becoming more involved in this fannish community, the majority of it decamped to Tumblr. What I'm trying to say is that LJ never felt like an online home to me. Home for me was the two forums and their associated chatrooms, and, later, Dreamwidth and Twitter. Those spaces were where I met the most people, where I thought and conversed and wrote and dreamed. For years I'd been mentally thinking of LJ as a backup (as well as a place I entered occasionally to talk to a few stubborn holdouts).

What I'm trying to say is that I don't feel the same sense of anguished loss and ending that so many of my friends are talking about. I understand their grief -- I would feel it, were any of the online 'homes' I mentioned above cease to exist, particularly Dreamwidth and the forums -- and I am furious on their behalf that they have been put in the position of choosing between erasing years of thinking and writing and creating and history and memory, or consenting to terms of service utterly at odds with their personal integrity. But written records are really important to me -- so important that I've never deleted a single online account, nor deleted a single post or comment anywhere online, save for correcting typos. I feel really strongly about the endurance of online content, of links continuing to work, of matters of historical record remaining.

The solution I've come up with is to keep my LJ, but, after this post has been mirrored, to disable cross-posting from Dreamwidth. I'm in the process of importing a couple of tiny LJ comms I used to run over to Dreamwidth, and once that's done, I'm unlikely to log back in to LJ again, apart from doing so periodically in order to retain my username. I know a lot of friends on LJ have Dreamwidth accounts, and if you'd like to stay in touch, I'd appreciate if you could add and follow me on Dreamwidth -- I'm [personal profile] dolorosa_12, the same as on LJ. Those of you who do not yet have Dreamwidth accounts, I'm sorry. I will enable commenting from non-Dreamwidth accounts, so if you want to subscribe and interact without joining, that may be a way to stay in touch. As I said, I'm not going to import any more posts into LJ after this one.

I'm sorry it has come to this.

Date: 2017-04-07 03:00 pm (UTC)
author_by_night: (I really need a new userpic)
From: [personal profile] author_by_night
I understand what you're coming from re: not having the same grief. For me it's more... I haven't felt that home on LJ. I mean, in my case I do have friends there who have either expressed zero desire to move or have said they won't, and I would miss them, and I own a community, which makes me nervous because I'd hate for it to go away. (Even though I don't think it would, there are other mods - albeit mostly inactive, with one exception - and everyone's been reminded that we have a sister comm. Also, apart from spammers, the community really doesn't seem to need much modding. They're a pretty good group. But if no one's there to take care of things, then I don't know what would happen. So for now I'll just keep reminding them about the sister comm on DW.)

So I'm staying, but whereas I have friends who've made it clear they would never leave and feel like LJ is home... again, I just don't feel that. Which DOES actually make me feel a little sad, heh.
Edited Date: 2017-04-07 03:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-09 11:41 am (UTC)
geckoholic: (DC: dynamic duo)
From: [personal profile] geckoholic
Yeah I agree with at lot of what you write here; it IS the end of an era for me too in a way, but I guess my online life has already moved on a bit from LJ anyway, so it's not hitting that hard? But the friends from over there, though. I feel sad about them. :/

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