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17 December 2014 @ 09:45 am
Rationalizing my Online Presence  

I am going to try to shift away from Twitter and Tumblr and back to LiveJournal. Twitter is still good for quick, pithy one-liners (like the "chilly verde" joke I just posted), but trying to converse or compress complex thoughts into 140 characters is inane.

Tumblr ... as prickvixen said the other day, I dislike having to rebroadcast something if I want to comment on it. Discourse in a Tumblr thread is just not easily accomplished.

And yes, I still have a blogspot blog, but you know what? Never really used it that much, and now it's largely obsolete in and of itself.

I like LJ. I am comfortable here, and the interface is solid, time-tested, and lends itself to narrative and discussion far better than other platforms.

Twitter will still see use -- I do toss out occasional Twitworthy one-liners that aren't compromised by the enforced brevity, and LJ retweets my journal entries automatically, giving them exposure even to the crowd that abandoned ship long ago.

I'll still use Tumblr, as well. There IS a community there, and I'm part of it. Most of my tumblr entries will just be repost/links to relevant LJ entries, however.

I've got an LJ app on my phone -- guess how I'm typing this now? -- so really, it's as accessible and convenient as any of the hip, happening flavors of the month.

The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on December 17th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
What LJ app do you use for your phone? I use LJ less in part because posting here is a real pain in the butt from a phone or tablet, and I'm using phone and tablet more than PC a lot of the time.
Your Obedient Serpent: lizard fetishathelind on December 18th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
I use the one from LiveJournal!

To sidestep a potential Abbott and Costello routine:

The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on December 18th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I'll have to try that. That didn't exist the last time I wanted an LJ app for my phone.
Araquan Skytracer: Communicorearaquan on December 18th, 2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'll admit that I don't post here as much as I used to (in part because it seems nobody reads it anyway) but I still have yet to find anything resembling a proper substitute. Facetube sure as heck doesn't count. @.@
one in a billionsiege on December 18th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
I moved to Dreamwidth, and have it echo posts back to my LJ, so both communities can keep up. I'll have to archive my LJ someday eventually, just so I have all the posts in it somewhere accessible, but that's a lot of stuff I got tired of trying to review and organize.
Ursula Messerschmittsnobahr on December 22nd, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm still on LJ, even if I don't post much. I read, or try to, about once a week. On limited intertubes, rightnow, so... Bleah. Whee.


The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Happy little fungiporsupah on December 25th, 2014 12:57 pm (UTC)
I never took to Tumblr - it just didn't feel right, somehow, especially with its emphasis on "notes", so you wind up with entries with stacks of "$FOO likes this" or the like. Meanwhile, LJ's got icons per comment or posting (and if you want, loads of them!), per-entry security, and a real community. ^_^

Twitter.. I may come back to at some point, but for now, I'm off it entirely. I don't particularly dislike it, though that character limit is a bit of a nuisance - more that it wound up being such a time sink. I'll need to think how to use it better, if I do return.

I should give the LJ app another try. I recall using it once, when I was wanting to post a photo from an airport departure gate - seemed fine, but I rarely post from my phone. Very occasionally from the iPad, but almost always, the MBP. (Comments I just post "normally", but entries I'll usually compose as plain HTML in a TextEdit window, gradually adding to it over the course of a week or two, then pasting that into the entry text field. Ah, no, usually then comes the process of editing around to ensure the text and images flow well)

Now, of course, comes the matter of me actually perusing friends' entries a touch more promptly than at present. Not so easily done, with the ongoing depression, but it's something I do want to return to more of a daily thing.
Your Obedient Serpent: Eye - VKathelind on December 25th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
That's one the nice thing about having the LJ app on your phone -- suddenly, catching up on your Friends list becomes something you can do in idle minutes at work. It's changed my reading habits more than my posting habits.

The new version of the app is much nicer than the previous ones I'd tried, by the way. It's very easy and natural to use. I recall the older versions were kind of kludgy.