Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 04:55 pm
Hello, fellow Dreamwidthers!

This ... is a bit unexpected. When I first joined Dreamwidth, I decided that mirroring my LJ was a bit pointless, as I had a huge number of followers in common, and mirrored LJs seemed to suffer a bit from splitting comment threads across the platforms. Instead, I decided to Dreamwidth it as a slightly different, longer-form blogging platform, for a mixture of political posts and reviews. And I kept that up for a while, although it rather petered out a few years ago when I got a job with a longer commute and found I had less time for that. As a result, I had no interest in making filtered posts, my Dreamwidth was completely public, and I wasn't assiduous in giving access to everyone I knew on Dreamwidth because there were no filtered posts to give access to.

Meanwhile, my LJ kept going in the usual way for a few years, until there were too few other active LJ-ers on my friends list to make it feel worthwhile. Most of my LJ posts in the past few years have been about planned walks, and have had very few replies. I've still read my friends list and interacted on LJ, but my LJ itself was effectively inactive.

So, like many people. I've looked at the new LJ Ts and Cs and thought 'no way'. I'm leaving LJ; I may log in and delete my journal or I may just leave it, at which point it will probably be deleted anyway in due course. I've signed the Ts and Cs in order to be able to back journals up, but have done so on the basis that they're legally unenforceable, and ethically they only cover new entries that I'm not going to make.

The LJ exodus, though, has made Dreamwidth a lot more active in a pleasing and exciting way. It feels to me as though there's a very real chance that enough of my friends are now in one place that this will be sustainable as a medium for conversation in a way that LJ still was around ten years ago. With that in mind, I'm expanding how I use this account; I may still do longer political posts and reviews that are fully public, but I'll also do both public and filtered posts of a more personal nature, that are likely to be more of the nature of pub conversations with friends.

As such, I'm going to do a lot more active curation of my reading and access circles, and possibly set up a few filters. This is not how I've been using Dreamwidth so far, so please bear with me while I sort it out.

My LJ is now archived at [personal profile] djm4_lj. I decided to set up a new account for this, because of the separation between my LJ and Dreamwidth accounts that's always existed. This account is purely an archive; I'm not expecting to make posts on it or even log in to it except to adjust filters to add Dreamwidth people. This account, the one from which I'm posting, is the only account that you need in your circles.

I've also migrated the [community profile] bifest community account, for which I'm an admin on both LJ and Dreamwidth. It's not especially active, but I thought I might as well copy it over, and who knows? It might gain some traffic in Dreamwidth now that more people are active here.

So, hello everyone! Isn't it nice to be part of a busy and vibrant conversation again?

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