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Alden Bates
Date: 2004-04-09 17:31
Subject: Ouch
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On alt.drwho.creative, Mags writes:

If you are considering creating a web-based archive then I *do* suggest you use blogger, MT or another open blogging tool. LJ is just plain evil. Not because it is ugly (though it is) but because it encourages insularity in its users. I've noticed LJers are far more likely to post links to other LJers than to external links.


Yow! I guess the reason LJers are more often likely to post links to other LJers is because of the whole friends list thing. It makes it easy to add other LJ users, but not so much other blog users (and I see Mags has a blog on blogspot. hmm!), though now that they've done away with the syndication quota that might become a little less true. Though it's still the case that only paid users can make new syndicated feeds, so... I dunno.

Does LJ stop its users reading other web sites? No. Having a LJ hasn't stopped me from reading other blogs, even when they don't provide an RSS feed so I can syndicate them to LJ and put them on my friends list (e.g. Doug Daulton - check out his entry on his introduction to computers and their subsequent growth).

LJ's main advantages over other blogging software is that it's free and extremely easy to set up and use. Without that, there are a lot of cool people blogging/LJing who I believe would never have done so otherwise.

...

Though 3 million of them is probably overkill. :)
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The Antiwesley: roboto
User: antiwesley
Date: 2004-04-08 23:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:roboto
need it also be pointed out that usually you need to host your blog either on your own website or use their free service?
I tried using MT once... I couldn't get the damn thing to work.

It's okay for someone to dislike LJ, but honestly, between me having to do no work to keep it maintained, and the fact that I can RSS/HTML it to the front page of antiwesley.com, I have no real reason to change.
:)

(and witness another reason why I don't frequent ADWC anymore... most of the people that are left seem to be the self-opinionated types that don't care what anyone else thinks.)
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2004-04-09 00:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've installed MT for my sister on her site. The main reasons I still use LJ over MT are:

1. MT attracts comment spam like a crazy mofo (LJ does too, but I don't have to worry about blocking it, because they do most of, if not all of, the work for me. :)

2. The friends page is a very convenient way to read everyone else's LJ.

The most likely reason I'd shift to using MT: I'm already paying for web space for tetrap.com, so why pay again for a paid LJ account? (See points 1 and 2 :)

I've considered setting up MT and just echoing my public entries over, but why bother? :)

Actually, there's another reason for switching to MT: in MT anyone can leave a comment with their name/email address/URL on it, whereas in LJ there's nowhere to put that. There is an item in the LJ bug tracking system to add some entry fields for that, but implementation is still not in the foreseeable future...
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User: mannu
Date: 2004-04-09 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's why I stick with LJ.
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2004-04-09 22:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wish they'd get categories and trackback and cool stuff like that implemented. There's entries for them in Zilla, but with over 400 entries open, it's hard for progress to be made on the larger ones...
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tl:dr: stewie
User: agathagrimm
Date: 2004-04-08 23:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:stewie
i'm not that savvy but... i think of lj as more of a journaly type site, where and blogging as a websitey site. no?

sorry for the heavy technical terms ;)
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2004-04-09 00:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I understand it, blogs are more about posting links and posting opinions, while journals are about posting your life story, but these days the line seems to be becoming increasingly blurred. :)
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Trina L Short: Mama
User: trinalin
Date: 2004-04-09 07:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Mama
Heh - I've got moosifer_jones as an RSS feed into my friends list and in my list of links. Yeah, she's not terribly keen on LJ, though she has a number of friends who use it.

I like LJ for the icons (mmmmm, Sylv!) and the friends list. I link to a number of other sites - yes, a lot of LJs, but since my bestest friendests in the wholest widest worldest (elsaf and judiang) use LJ, that makes sense.

I think whichever blogging/journalling site you use is really up to you. I'll stick with LJ, evil or not. (I mean, I hang with Evil Geek Women, why not use an Evil Geek Blogger?):-)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2004-04-18 09:53 (UTC)
Subject: RSS Feed
Alden,

Thanks again for another link! I have added you to my BlogRoll as well. By the way, I do have an RSS feed available (http://www.dougdaulton.com/index.rdf). Thanks for reading me!

Doug
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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2004-04-18 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: RSS Feed
Ah, thanks. Hope you don't mind if I create a syndicated feed from it. :)
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