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I would be very surprised, if LJ fails. The people who say they and their friends leaving will send the service into a freefall towards oblivion are either naive or they have made themselves out to be legends in their own minds. LJ is far bigger than us and our friends/connections. It will more than survive people like me leaving the service; it will thrive. The investors will make sure of it, or they will sell it to another investor who will find a way to make it so.

Whether those of us who leave would want to be a part of what LJ is becoming in the process of continuing to thrive is another story. I've decided I don't want to be a part of it. That is why I have moved my blogging to my own domain, not because I fantasize that my leaving will cause any kind of ripple in the force.

Date: 2010-09-09 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sandokai.livejournal.com

I'll miss your posts.

Personally I just ignore the political drama. I know why I'm here, and that hasn't changed at all in the years of whatever weird decisions Livejournal administration comes up with...

Date: 2010-09-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Smile)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
I'll still be around reading, and I'll continue to occasionally cross-post a link to my new blog (http://lotuslandfineart.com/llfablog).

I ignore political drama, too. But I don't ignore things that make it easier for interpersonal drama to ruffle my quiet life. I've had to squelch that sort of thing on my blog in the past, so I am understandably wary.

Date: 2010-09-09 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beautyofgrey.livejournal.com
:D I love the layout. I've added your feed to my Dreamwidth reading page.

I'm with you in that I'm not trying to encourage a mass exodus from here, but I really like DW's principles and business operation better. :)

Date: 2010-09-09 04:05 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Peaceful)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
I like the layout, too! There are some things I want to tweak, if I find my coding mojo, again.

Date: 2010-09-09 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockbirthedme.livejournal.com
I understand people leaving, although I haven't personally felt provoked enough to jump.

As for LJ sinking under the waves of disapproval as people depart, the people who think so either weren't here or weren't paying attention the last time LJ did something to piss people off. Simple inertia will keep most people here, and of the ones that do make the leap, some will discover that they're losing touch with people here and decide to return. Others will leave permanently, but nowhere near enough to bring the site down, unless LJ does something really catastrophically stupid that results in a lot of people actually getting burned, as opposed to having their privacy theoretically at risk.

Date: 2010-09-09 06:37 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Eyes Wide Open)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
I think it's a common belief in the general population (not just the LJ population) these days: the power is ours, for we are The PeopleTM!!!!!! So many of us believe that our protests, blog entries, and boycotts will stop the machine of capitalism/politics in its tracks and bow it to our will. In rare cases it works that way, and we hang onto those exceptions as proof that it will happen for us this time, too. It's as though people don't believe doing something just for the sake of their own principles isn't enough; they have to believe it will make a splash in the world for them to bother to try.
Edited Date: 2010-09-09 06:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-09-09 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] littlemoremasks.livejournal.com
Well, I've added you to my reader, I love your photography, and it's not to hard to use an aggregator these days.

Date: 2010-09-09 06:50 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Peaceful)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
Thanks! Google Reader has made me far more likely to read blogs outside of LJ, too, which is another reason I didn't feel all that compelled to stay.

Date: 2010-09-09 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purlypuss.livejournal.com
Sorry to be a johnny come lately, but what is going on in LJ?
I just use LJ every day - but I have no idea what is happening. They seem to have added this thing where you can cross post comments to facebook etc - is that the problem?

What is happening?

Date: 2010-09-09 11:46 pm (UTC)
ext_35267: (Peaceful)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
Yes, the comment cross-posting with no way for the blog owner to keep that from happening is what led me to consider moving my blogging elsewhere. The lack of response from LJ staff when many paid users complained is what made up my mind. I wrote about it last week.

Date: 2010-09-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verucas-chaos.livejournal.com
I'm in several blog-o-spheres now. I still like LJ because it feels like home. I love your new blog-home though!!

Date: 2010-09-10 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iswari.livejournal.com
Are you still reading?

I have to say, I like LJ just because everything is together in one place. When people start moving to private blogs, I almost inevitably forget to go elsewhere and read them!

Date: 2010-09-10 12:48 am (UTC)
ext_35267: (Peaceful)
From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
I'm definitely still reading.

I used to forget to go elsewhere to read private blogs, until I started using Google Reader.


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