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The End [Apr. 15th, 2011|04:24 am]
Maybe I am a sentimental dope, because it actually does hurt me to type this, but...I'm going to delete this blog.

It is actually a painful thing to do, partially because it's this thing that's been a part of my life since I was a sophomore in college a little over ten years ago (and I really did shudder as I typed that), but mostly because I really have met some great people through Dukakis Hugging Moon Maiden. Unfortunately, more than a few of them I have lost touch with and sight of, but others I still know and do consider as much friends as some of the people I often see in person (and, if I can be frank, there's been a few of you I wish to God I could have had as lovers; you know who you are!). And honestly I really still maintain that Livejournal had - and still does, more or less - the best concept for a blogging system out there, combining blogging with social networking in a way even more successful sites have not imitated well. However, Livejournal, or at least its English language side, is dying and has been for some time, and, as you could probably tell from the "frequency" of my posts and how I desperately tried to salvage a purpose for this blog through my love for "Doctor Who" and "The Simpsons", it was getting harder to just feel interested in Dukakis Hugging Moon Maiden anymore.

Because so many people have ditched the site and because the general sense of community, which was so vivid way back in the ancient times of Brad (Good Christ I really have been on this site a long time), has been long gone, Livejournal has completely lost the social network appeal. Admittedly it was getting difficult even just last year to feel like posting when I knew the comments would very likely not number more than four and when the odds of meeting new people through the blog were getting slimmer and slimmer. Then there's the fact that I share a lot of people's frustrations with how Livejournal had been managed the past few years, and how the spammers have gotten out of control. But these aren't the only explanations for why I made this decision. One of the reasons I had this blog (and why I have a Twitter account even though like so many I irrationally hate Twitter right down to its name) was to try to inch my writing career forward, but as far as that goes it is no longer fulfilling that purpose - if it ever did. Also, just in general, I feel like I have to move on. I'd rather fully and sincerely invest myself in developing my Internet presence elsewhere than leave this blog to eventually rot and become yet another depressing shell, covered with crawling and squealing spammers, some nameless and faceless person has left in the vast wastes of cyberspace.

It still needs some tweaking because I put it up just before I started writing this, but I already set up a new blog, Trash Culture. It's probably not going to be a personal blog, not in the same way Dukakis Hugging Moon Maiden was through most of its existence. I will post some personal things, I'm sure, but the focus will be on my crackpot musings and anything career-related. Also I've already made myself promise that I won't write about anything explicitly political, which will probably be the biggest change. Of course, even though I really have neglected it terribly, I still run The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly too, so, hey, it's not like cyber-me is vanishing from existence, far from it.

I really and sincerely welcome you all to keep in touch. If you're on Facebook, let me know in comments, because I've done everything possible to "family-proof" my Facebook profile. I'm easier to find on Twitter, as reluctantlychad. Also comment with links to your blogs, Livejournal or otherwise, and I'll gladly add them to the blog roll on Trash Culture. I won't go through with the deletion of this blog for another few weeks, so that should hopefully give everyone - however many of you are left reading this (funny how quickly this turned into a post-apocalyptic performance, but such is Livejournal in 2011) - who wants to still put up with me time to leave a line. And I hope that you do.

Well, what better way to close the curtain than by sharing the scene from "The Simpsons" that inspired the name of this blog in the first place:

Well, maybe I can do better than that:


[User Picture]From: dfordoom
2011-04-15 10:39 am (UTC)
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 Fiction

Cult Movie Reviews

Classic Movie Ramblings
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[User Picture]From: frankiethirteen
2011-04-15 10:58 am (UTC)
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.

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[User Picture]From: sub_musashi
2011-04-15 11:39 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: darquis
2011-04-15 11:58 am (UTC)
Ouch. :/ Another one bites the dust. I'm sorry.
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[User Picture]From: serizawa3000
2011-04-15 01:05 pm (UTC)
I can be found on Facebook... more or less... https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=681308174
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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2011-04-15 01:07 pm (UTC)

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.
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From: professormortis.wordpress.com
2011-04-15 01:37 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: delicata77
2011-04-15 01:49 pm (UTC)
Why WordPress?
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[User Picture]From: chrysalisspirit
2011-04-15 02:06 pm (UTC)
You will be missed.
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[User Picture]From: nitasee
2011-04-15 02:10 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: ice_hesitant
2011-04-15 03:03 pm (UTC)
If you are interested in alternatives to deletion, I have a half-assed Python script that sets all LJ entries to friends-only.
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[User Picture]From: sirlarkins
2011-04-15 03:33 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: sirlarkins
2011-04-16 02:03 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: ragdoll
2011-04-15 03:44 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zurcherart
2011-04-15 05:48 pm (UTC)
I will miss all your posts.
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[User Picture]From: gawm
2011-04-15 07:00 pm (UTC)
So long. See you on the Tweeters *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: st_ranger
2011-04-15 07:33 pm (UTC)
The happenin' social network these days is Fetlife.com! I spend more time there than on Facebook. lol. Definitely more time there than here.
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[User Picture]From: intenselee
2011-04-15 11:50 pm (UTC)
I understand. I wish You well in all things. You deserve it.
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[User Picture]From: gngrmyrsn
2011-04-16 03:21 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: lonejaguar
2011-04-16 12:51 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: matildawormwood
2011-04-17 03:09 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: justincognito
2011-04-22 05:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry to see you go, dude. I'll follow you at the new blog.
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