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I'm seeing if I can post to Dreamwidth using Semagic. That would make Dreamwidth a lot more useful for me!

Update: oh hey works just fine!
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I have two Dreamwidth invite codes to hand out semi-arbitrarily.

If you want one, send email to flit @ livejournal and I'll send them out tomorrow.
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I've removed a few people from my reading page because they post through to LiveJournal. Until they get reading filters up and running on dreamwidth I'll continue using that method. I'll continue posting everything through to LiveJournal myself, so you don't miss anything by not reading me on Dreamwidth. While I may end up doing a global import, for now I'm only posting Dreamwidth-specific and recipe posts there. I'm not reading there as frequently yet, but there's a nice food community which is incentive to read more often.

So far my impressions are generally positive. I think they really do have their heart in the right place, and it feels like old school LiveJournal. My only two quibbles are the erroneous use of the .org TLD (though I guess as the non-business owner of a .com domain I have no legs to stand on) and the lack of ongoing sale of seed accounts. They still seem worth supporting, if only as an alternative as LiveJournal goes off and becomes its own thing, and I very much hope they succeed. That's not incompatible with hoping that LiveJournal doesn't degrade; I want them to last as well. But as a host that specifically welcomes diversity, which LJ has a poor track record on, Dreamwidth is a very good thing.
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I realized that I am unlikely to do much in the way of structured writing this summer. So I'll use my dreamwidth journal for posting about either Dreamwidth itself, or recipe and cooking posts, since I probably will write some of those even during the sleepy months.

It's tempting to import everything over here so I can have a live backup, but I'm going to continue to keep it separate. The forked comments are still problematic because they divide communities.

One feature I'm really looking forward to is filtered reading lists; I'd like to be able to filter out the people who reflect onto livejournal so I can get the dreamwidth-only content here. If it's a while in coming, a stopgap would be to stop reading those journals here but still grant them access here. I do really like the split between reading and access.

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May. 1st, 2009 02:49 am
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I just received a code for Dreamwidth's Open Beta and I've started an account, also named flit.

As I said before, I'm not planning on jumping ship from LiveJournal unless LiveJournal has some far more serious problems than it's had already. While I'm not sanguine with all of the choices LiveJournal has made, it's still a functional site and it's been my journal home since I started keeping an online journal. I have a lot of friends and a permanent account on LiveJournal (which has actually been worth every penny) and so I am in for the long haul.

That said, the crossposting feature on Dreamwidth rocks. In a scenario where I did switch to Dreamwidth while LiveJournal was actually still up and running (i.e. for policy reasons rather than functionality reasons), it would be quite transparent to LiveJournal users -- except for the bifurcation of comments. Comments are a major part of LiveJournal for me, though, so it's one of the major reasons not to switch.

If I *am* going to switch, though, Dreamwidth seems like an excellent safe harbor. I love their commitment to remaining ad-free. I love their commitment to diversity. I admit that I have no interest in a lot of those other communities, but I feel that they have a right to exist. LiveJournal got too cautious and monetized and these things fell by the wayside. Dreamwidth feels like LiveJournal before it got sold, really. Hence my motivation to kick the tires and build a little nest away from home here.

One of the things I've seen a lot of with LiveJournal, for good or bad, is a tendency to spawn off special-purpose, focused, blogs, and then crosspost those to LiveJournal. I actually like that a lot about LiveJournal; I like seeing people's "serious business" crossposts along with their less structured posts, including one-liners, memes, and yes, even twitter posts. It lets people give out their blog address to interested people without necessarily giving their LiveJournal account out, letting them keep the hair-down, casual feel of LiveJournal. LiveJournal is the t-shirts and sweat pants we laze around in on weekends and evenings, and those blogs are the button down shirts and suit jackets.

I've been thinking of at least tagging my longer and more meaty posts (there are a few!) so it's possible to read only "the good parts". So that might be one use for my Dreamwidth account, which would allow me to participate fully in the beta without actually moving. I could treat it as one of those special purpose blogs and write my longer posts here, then have them crossposted to LiveJournal. Let's see how that goes.

You special-purpose bloggers, any insights into this?

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