It is very sad that Livejournal has pretty much died. And really there's nothing worthwhile to replace it. Facebook is simply a horror. The internet as we knew it has more or less come to an end.
These days I'm mostly to be found on my blogspot blogs - Vintage Pop FictionCult Movie ReviewsClassic Movie Ramblings
Chad, even though I've mostly been away from LJ, this news still saddens me. I totally understand though--I know I should probably do the same, but something always stops me.
Still, it was an honor to be privy to your musings and opinions. I'm glad you'll still be active on the internet, but it feels like with you leaving LJ, an era--for me--really is dying now. You backed me up in my own comment threads, and really helped make this place seem like my internet home away from home. And our connection here really did much to enrich our friendship.
So thanks, so much. And don't be a stranger.
Ouch. :/ Another one bites the dust. I'm sorry.
But seriously, this post basically sums up the inexorable fate of English-speaking LJ. I keep mine because I paid for a permanent account, damn it, so I'm going to get what I paid for! And because my spouse has one. But neither of us post much anymore, and I haven't acquired a new LJ friend in about four years.
On Twitter as lawnonymous. Good night, and good luck.
I think you already know about my various online presences, I'm now following yours, I think. I agree, it is sad. There is nothing quite like the community here, though I have found myself doing what I did here-making new online friends and acquaintances quite randomly-on Twitter.
Chad, I really wish you wouldn't delete your blog. You can leave it here even if you never update. Or crosspost. Something.
I know LJ isn't the hot spot anymore, but it's still my home. And I would be very sad not to have you in my home. But, you're always welcome here.
If you are interested in alternatives to deletion, I have a half-assed Python script that sets all LJ entries to friends-only.
Isn't it possible to change all entries to "No Comments Allowed" without having to go through each entry? If so, you might consider leaving this journal up. Just in case.
But LJ is indeed probably dead. It's been ailing since, I think, '08. That's when I remember a lot
of people suddenly ditching LJ for Facebook or blogs. I still check my Friends page 3 or 4 times a week, but now it's 90% RSS feeds from other sites and a couple communities that are still fairly active. People have taken their personal musings elsewhere, for sure.
Which is a shame, since Facebook and (especially) Twitter don't allow the construction of fun, funny, interesting posts that LJ does. Blogger comes closest to emulating LJ's format and potential: in addition to being able to ramble on as much as you like, you can "Follow" other blogs, then scan them from your dashboard in a manner similar to checking LJ's Friends page. I also like that if you comment on a Blogger post, you can choose to receive an update every time someone else comments--LJ's default of only notifying you when someone replies to your
comment can make it tough to keep up with other people's thoughts. I know it's possible to track all comments on LJ, but you kind of have to go out of your way to do it. I'm not super
familiar with Wordpress, but it doesn't seem to offer the same sort of community-based options Blogger does. I say all that to say (and to echo Desiree): go to Blogger instead!
I largely stopped posting on LJ because of the lack of response my posts would generate after the great '08-'09 Flight began. Of course, most of my LJ posts, really, were just things I share on Facebook now anyway: news links, videos, etc. Still, I do miss writing about elements of my own life from time to time. Nowadays, I put all my blogging energies towards an RPG blog
. Feel free to check it out, although it's exclusively pen & paper RPGs so I don't know how much if any of that would be relevant to your interests.
At any rate, I'll miss having one less awesome journal to read during my periodic Friends page trawl. At least we can be like disaffected old scenesters, sitting around and grumbling about how much better it was back then and how "if you weren't there, you wouldn't understand." Because it's true.
Oh, also: I finally relented just yesterday and started up a Twitter account. Ironically, it was to follow the posts of the friend who originally turned me on to LJ. She's moved on not only from LJ but Facebook as well, so Twitter's the only way I can keep up with her in a social-media way. At any rate, I'm @sirlarkins if you care to do a follower exchange there. See you on Facebook at least!
Aw, man. Bummer to wake up to this news. I hope you'll consider keeping your posts up even if you shut off comments (as others have suggested) since you've been here so long and written so much. It would be a shame to lose it. I'm pretty sure you were one of my earliest FB friends. :-/
Anyway, keep in touch My FB
I will miss all your posts.
2011-04-15 07:00 pm (UTC)
So long. See you on the Tweeters *shudder*
The happenin' social network these days is Fetlife.com! I spend more time there than on Facebook. lol. Definitely more time there than here.
I understand. I wish You well in all things. You deserve it.
I'm sad to see you go :( I have a feeling, since I have a permanent account, I'm going to be one of the last holdouts of my friends. My journal celebrates its 9th birthday this September and I can't bring myself to give it up even though I don't post a lot and my friends are pretty inactive too.
You can find me at Blogger
where I write mainly about books and stuff related to books/writers/bookstores/etc. But you have me on FB too. I am still resisting Twitter ;)
Well, Chad, even the best of friends have got to part one day. I'll put your new blog on my RSS reader.
Good luck with everything. See ya around.
Sorry to see you go, but I understand, too. I'm one of the ones who doesn't post nearly as much as I used to, but I still love LJ for being able to truly say anything I want. I've followed you on Twitter, though. See you around!
Just to back up your thesis a bit more-- I saw this posted over in FB, but thought it'd be more fitting to respond via defunct LJ account. Even though I wasn't in the game as long as you, I also get a bit misty about LJ's heyday. It was my first (and only, thus far) foray into making Internet friends, and it wasn't nearly as weird or creepy as the late-90's PSAs would have us believe. I Internet-met some truly interesting folks! I think you make some eloquent points about how REALLY good this whole thing was back when it was good, and how now there's just nothing else out there quite like it.
Thankfully, we're IRL friends so this isn't a Chad-goodbye. Just another nostalgic ping reminding me of What Once Was.
p.s.!! I hope you're planning to back up this journal, and not delete it forever! You're got some damn fine writing up in here, young man.
Sorry to see you go, dude. I'll follow you at the new blog.
I ended up deleting my Facebook. How weird is that?