I’m home after a few days in Minneapolis which mean a few days of trying (and not succeeding) at sleeping on a bed of bricks. I slept 10-1/2 hours last night and feel myself approaching human again.
There’s so much to say but right now I have to get some work done and then get to a meeting so I’ll try to blog more in depth and with some pictures, later today.
One thing I will say now is that I’m 99% sure that it is time for me to move the bulk of my blogging to a different platform, away from Livejournal. I’ve really known this for a while but have kept my eyes closed because of all the work that I know it will entail (because of course I want to keep most of my old posts) but since Winding Oak is redesigning my website it’s the right time for me to do it.
I will keep LJ for more of the friendly rants and chatty things.
Will miss you! 🙁
But of course you need to do what works best for you. 🙂
It’s a really REALLY hard decision, Jenn. I don’t want to lose what I have here and yet I get notes from people who want to post comments but for whatever reason the anonymous thing doesn’t work or they think they have to have a LJ account. Also I am getting an increasing number of emails from teachers/librarians that say LJ is blocked at their school.
But it’s so hard to really think of leaving…wah! I know I can cut and paste but that doesn’t seem right. Not sure it save me anything. I also thought about trying to split where I posted different things, more craft and book stuff at the main one and chat over here but then I might get myself confused.
And of course the scary thing is, what if I go to all that trouble and no one reads me at the new blog and I discover that the only people who ever read my stuff were over here?
I’ve often thought I would cross post if I had another blog. I just love my LJ layout, and the privacy settings, the comment nesting and forwarding, and the friending features. I’ve had trouble leaving comments on Blogger blogs, so I don’t think that’s just an LJ thing.
But schools and libraries blocking the entire LJ site? That’s insane. Nobody’s told me that, but it wouldn’t surprise me–sigh. But I do have my blog feeding to my Goodreads & Amazon author pages, so hopefully people can read me there if they want. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if those sites are blocked too. The internet isn’t much use if everything is blocked!
Well, you can do as I do. I cross-post on both blogger and LJ. It’s a little more work (since I don’t have anyway to do this automatically, my LJ is a free account and doesn’t have that feature like the paid accounts do), but it’s worth it.
I’m also working on moving over to WordPress. Chances are I’ll still keep my LJ and my blogger blogs, though. It’s true that some people will only check out certain platforms.
Yeah, I think cross-posting is in my future but I’m not a fan. Have they pushed out an automated way to do that on LJ? I have a permanent account. Need to go check that out. I sorta glazed over all the updates lately while I was on my blog hiatus.
I’ve been told by more than one school that LJ is blocked.
WordPress should have the comment nesting, which is something I really like. I haven’t been using the locked posts feature but I do think it’s in my future because I really need a place to vent.
Or you could cross-post, as Laurie Halse Anderson does. I do hope you will at least put up notices here when you have new blog posts up on your website.
In other words, I’ll miss you, too.
I am so confused about what to do. hahaha. I wouldn’t be surprised if I cave in and cross-post/ 🙂
It’s your right (and arguably your responsibility) to do what’s right for you. On that, I back you up, 100&
But that doesn’t mean I will like it 100%
I will miss you lots and lots.
Melodye, If you check the other comments I responded to you’ll see I’m still very much on the fence. Sigh. We’ll see. But I’ll never go too far from you.
Interesting that many librarians may be blocked from LJ. That’s definitely something else to take into consideration. I might consider cross posting while making the transition to another platform. Sometimes change can be hard for me and this is one of them. I know it has to be done it’s just a matter of when.
I know just what you mean, Linda. The idea of changing platforms is really hard for me. The more I think about it, the more I think I’ll likely crosspost.
Susan, I have no idea if I have the right platform or which ones are the most user friendly. I started out on blogger and consider it my main blog. But I was drawn into the lovely writer community here. For awhile I tried to do the reader thing over there and the writer thing here and eventually caved and came up with my history focus and now I just cross post. But as you know it’s hard to do everything and be all over the web all the time so I have for some reason slipped into not checking my friends page here. I am not sure why except there are only so many hours in a day. But I do miss my friends’ posts – although I am connecting with many of them on facebook now.
Seems to me that cross posting is a good thing – one more place for people to find us.
Susan, it was lovely to meet you in person at last! I so enjoyed talking to you at Kidlitcon. I’ll read your blog wherever you happen to post…but I hear you on the difficulty of discerning the best platform. I’ve often wished I were more involved here at LJ—it seems to be where writers congregate, and while I love my blog readers & the conversations we have at Bonny Glen, there is something really special about the more intimate conversations-between-writers I see here on my LJ friends page. I came home from Kidlitcon thinking about cross-posting my BG posts (some of them, at least) to LJ, just to experiment.
On another note–here is the Mona Van Duyn poem I was telling you about, “Letters from a Father.” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15674