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thinking about moving the blog

I've been thinking a lot about switching blog sites. My biggest concern is that I'd lose touch with some of you guys, who are so good at reading what I have to say. But the more I think about it, the more I think I want to do it. I'm thinking about switching over to WordPress.

LiveJournal is great for blogging about fannish things, but my interests have really shifted. I still like fandom and fanfic and love the connectious I've made with it over the years. And I'm not saying I never want to write fanfic ever again. I'm hoping that the new Hobbit movie will kindle my muses, actually, and I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing the Catching Fire movie and the final Twilight flick. But when it comes to blogging I'm really more into what I call Deep Thoughts (TM) - politics, philosophy, theology, and even some meta on various fannish things. LiveJournal was always more fannish than anything else. And I don't know whether it's my fandoms du jour slowing down or what, but it just doesn't seem as active as it once was. WordPress, on the other hand, has a lot of traffic from people interesting in these things. Or they seem to, at any rate, from a relative outsider's perspective. A big part of the drive to move is coming from this suspicion that I'd just fit in better there than here.

Another thing is the FaceBook factor. I have people who I know in RL reading what I have to say, but LJ makes it very hard for them to weigh in. WordPress lets you use accounts from social media sites like FB and Twitter to make comments. I also think a lot of my grad school friends actually have WordPress accounts since we use it for our class blogs.

WP also has some nifty features. For one thing it lets you have tabs - basically a static webpage where I could put links to my fanfic stories or favorite blog posts or whatever. It also has some features I grew addicted to with my class blog, like much more vigorous spam protection, better mobile device compatibility (for iPhone/iPad/etc.), better tag management, etc. And aesthetically it's so much better than LJ, there's really no comparing the two.

And I won't lie. I'm feeling a fair amount of wanderlust these days. It's not the quality of the comments, by any stretch. I just... want a change, I guess. To meet new people and play around with a blog I have more control over and can do more with. That's one of the things that gives me pause, because of this is just me wanting to run away from certain parts of my life or just longing for something new and exciting, starting a new blog won't fix that. And there's a very real chance I'll just make things more challenging for people who want to keep up with me.

One thing I could do to help people out is set up a syndicated account on LiveJournal. Basically any site that has an RSS feed (which WP definitely does) can be set up to make a post to LiveJournal each time that site is updated. For example, the Many Paths to Thread has a feed like this that alerts you whenever a new story is posted or updated. You can't read the story there, but it does give you a link where you can go to read it (and a summary, too). You wouldn't be able to leave a comment there, but if you clicked on the link you'd be taken to the post at WordPress, and there you *can* leave comments. It accepts comments without a site membership; you can either use your FB or Twitter account or just type in a name/email address combo, and it also has a link that lets you receive an email whenever anyone else comments on that post, myself included.

But still there's the inconvenience factor, and I hate to make life harder on my friends. I'm leaning toward doing this but am not 100% set on it. What do you guys think? If this sounds like a bad idea, convince me.

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mrowe
Oct. 19th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I can see how Wordpress is better suited for your blogging needs; I've set up WP on my own site and it is flexible (as is LJ, but both require some looking into the technical side of things - php in WP's case, CSS styling in LJ's case).

A heads-up-something's-changed alert would work well, I think (better than cross-posting, especially with the long texts you write *g*).

So I'd say, go for it!

(and not because I want to be rid of you either *g* I definitely enjoy reading your thoughts on stuff, even if I rarely comment)
aearwen2
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Go for it.

Leave a link here for those of us who might enjoy continuing to hear what you have to say, though. Please.
lindahoyland
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
It is of course up to you, but LJ is where I read and comment. I think I once tried word Press, but found it too complicated for me.
engarian
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
I would be disappointed. I have a Wordpress account, but rarely access it. I check my LJ account at least once a day and catch up. But, you have to do what you feel best.

I blog on my regular blog (blogspot) and copy it over to Dreamwidth and Live Journal. It works best for me that way and I keep in touch with the people I want to by posting it in three places. Crazy? Sure, but it works.

- Erulisse (one L)
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