Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al (livredor) wrote,
Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
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Dreamwidth posts 14 - 23 March

The other thing that's gone on in the past couple of weeks is that I started a friending meme to help people find enough to read on Dreamwidth to make it worth while to post and hang out regularly there, either as well as or instead of LJ. I hesitated over whether to link to that here, because I don't want to come across as constantly banging on about how great Dreamwidth is when people have already made a positive decision that they want to stay on LJ and are not at all interested in getting involved in a new site.

I came down on the side of deciding that yes, I would include the link, because I think it's relevant to at least a subset of my LJ people. Some of you are potentially willing to consider Dreamwidth, but don't want to leave a large, lively site for one with a lot of parked journals and hardly any activity. Well, there's a big movement on Dreamwidth at the moment to change that, both to create more content and to promote the content that's already there. So some of you might be interested in giving Dreamwidth a second look at this point. And if not, that's totally fine too, I definitely do not want to pester or pressure you.

There are slightly over 20,000 active accounts now, compared to just over 2 million on LJ. That may seem like a big difference, but obviously you're not going to interact with 2 million people even at second or third degree. Also, at a rough guess from the stats, something like 1.5 million of those active accounts are spambots and the vast majority of the rest are Russian language. So, your chances of finding plenty of interesting stuff to read on Dreamwidth are lower, certainly, but no longer vastly lower.

It so happens that in just the week where I found all these new people and new reading material on DW, LiveJournal changed its mobile interface so that it is extremely bandwidth hungry and only just barely usable, but very annoying and inconvenient. The result of this coincidence is that I'm now spending all my commuting time reading my Dreamwidth reading list, and my LJ reading is reduced to checking every couple of days when I have a free evening. I will make a serious effort to keep up with my close friends here, but I am probably going to have to start dropping or filtering out people who are just online acquaintances who write stuff that I find appealing. This isn't a political decision, it's a matter of practicality, but I just wanted to give a heads up that I am not going to be around on LJ as much as I used to be.
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