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I really should write more, be it here, or elsewhere, no matter. I should be saying more about myself, not really because people need to know (well, ok, some people do!), I used to be so public and saying everything to the four winds, and now I feel a bit closed and inaccessible. I'm not sure why it turned out that way, but I have some good ideas, and they're all bad ones.

Maybe it shouldn't be as much as it used to be, that there's a happy middle to be reached. But this nothing, it's just another extreme. It's also not so much for my "readership" as for myself, more of a personal diary than a regular kind of blog, it's only public because of some strange personal convictions of mine, not because I'm trying to draft an audience. Would there be nobody reading this, it still would accomplish its goals.

For that reason, I'm thinking of separating this journal into a bunch of distinct ones (well, two, at the very least). I have some technical postings that I would actually like to disseminate more widely, and for which a readership of zero is a bit of a failure, and for those, the personal posts are just so much drivel to skip over. I also suspect the converse is true of those few who actually follow my personal posts, too!

That also gets me thinking about the people who are deleting their accounts on LiveJournal. I'm not sure I understand. Why don't they just not write (see, I was doing an excellent demonstration of that!)? This way, you can still read restricted posts, comment (and get notifications), etc... I can understand making all their posts private, or maybe even deleting them (although the archivist in me finds the information attrition saddening), turning off all the email notifications, but deleting the account? What's the harm in having the account at all?

In the meantime... I dreamt I was cheating on [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, just a simple kiss (not even a sloppy snog!), but something I knew full well I wasn't supposed to do, which I told her in the dream (waking up right after that), but I just felt tremendously uncomfortable, even when I woke up, I was feeling it, being all confused... Eurgh.

Date: 2009-02-08 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jbailey.livejournal.com
I've been finding LJ less useful as a community lately. I've been thinking of moving my blog to some other setup (possibly blogger). I don't read that many restricted posts anymore - I think as my friends are all crawling our way out of our 20's we're just not likely to post something that the world can't see.

At that point, why bother keeping the account?

Date: 2009-02-08 09:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
Oh, I agree that as a community, it's been superseded by Facebook, mostly. I don't have much impetus for actually moving, as this would entail, you know, work, but with the Russians being wacky, I wouldn't be surprised if I had to make a run for it (backed it up, we'll see)...

I do have a number of friends who only have restricted posts (me, I never had much in the way of restricted posts, ever).

What I mean is, I've got accounts from a zillion sites that I never use, why is this so special that you have to make a conscious effort of abandonment by hitting the kill switch? It reeks of "screw you guys, I'm going home" more than of quietly getting past that period, no?

Date: 2009-02-08 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scjody.livejournal.com
I dunno, I have quite a few friends (in their 30s if not very late 20s) who still post lots of restricted entries... I think a lot of it has got to do with "not working in the computer industry" and the worry that an employer might google them and find out that they're not the sliced white bread corporate conformist that they claimed to be on their resumé...

Plus Google Reader still fails at dealing with authenticated RSS and third party workarounds are... lacking. Hmm, if I ever have time, I could hack together a workaround in appengine. But that's even less likely than Google fixing Reader.

Date: 2009-02-08 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
Hmm, it'd be quite easy to do a workaround in App Engine, that's not a bad idea at all! Obfuscated URLs and possibly a check on the User-Agent ought to be enough to make it annoying for would-be evildoers...

Date: 2009-02-08 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scjody.livejournal.com
I can sort of understand deleting your account if it's an addiction... then it's actually hard to read your friends' entries, reply to comments, etc.

I say "sort of" because I don't understand how anyone could get addicted to LJ/blogging/facebook/the intertubes to that point. But I know lots of people who are, so I know it happens :)

Date: 2009-02-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
I think that's the best explanation. Considering how (not) often I post, I think I'm fairly safe from the LiveJournal addiction. ;-)

Date: 2009-02-08 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scjody.livejournal.com
And yeah, I should post more, and am also thinking of splitting my blog into two - and if I do that, they might as well both be wordpress or blogger. LJ kinda fails as a modern blogging site, and a friends list is no longer adequate to keep up on all the blogs I want to read. I only use it because some of my friends DO post friends-locked posts, and Google Reader STILL doesn't support that.

Date: 2009-02-08 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
For all its failing, LJ is one of the few hosted blogging service that both have threaded comments and decent Atom feeds. The latter, you might not care much about, but threaded comments are kind of nice ([livejournal.com profile] azrhey is, uh, "strongly encouraging" me to work on Blogger as a 20% to do that, heh!). I've long ago given up on reading stuff right on LJ, it's Google Reader and NetNewsWire for the win here.

If you even set up new blogs, I'd recommend not hosting Wordpress youself. I read enough of Wordpress' and PHP's code, as well as the steady stream of CVEs concerning them, that it's one of the few combinations of software that I wouldn't sleep so well at night having to maintain myself. It's probably fine on wordpress.com, just make it someone else's problem!

Date: 2009-02-09 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scjody.livejournal.com
True, the threaded comments are really nice compared to most other blogs... but so much else about the site smacks of 5 years ago to me. Like no trackbacks...

And there's no way I'm hosting Wordpress. I don't host _anything_ these days - my stuff is here, on Flickr, and on Google Apps (mail, calendar, sites.) Hosting your own stuff is for people who like pain and spending money.

Date: 2009-02-09 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
Trackbacks are kind of icky (sometimes spammy, I see little use of them out there), but Blogger has some "links to related blog posts" feature that seem to hook in through search. I don't see why Wordpress wouldn't have something similar (although it might be in a plugin).

I see we share the same opinion about hosting. :-)

Only has QServ left on my small server at my place (http://ludusdesign.com/cgi-bin/qserv.pl moving to http://qserv.appspot.com/qserv/ when we manage to release Quadra 1.2)...

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