Why Blogspot When I Have Livejournal and Dreamwidth, etc?

I seriously need to work on my holiday and practicum entries, but I’m feeling extremely lazy for lengthy recaps. And some people who asked me these questions left me thinking:

Friend A: Why aren’t your journals on Blogspot?
Friend B: What’s Livejournal?

They’re so internet savvy, so it appals me that they don’t know about Livejournal. I can be sure they have no ideas about the LJ Strikethrough that shook the blogosphere or the recent development and emergence of Dreamwidth. If you ask me to compare Blogspot with WordPress, Livejournal and most recently Dreamwidth, I’d say Blogspot is MOST DEFINITELY on the bottom of my list. Heck, even Vox is at least ten times better.

Purpose of A Blog, and Privacy Level

Is it personal or commercial? Why are blogs suddenly popular after a few years of it’s initial existence? Why do everybody have blogs now? Some keep blogs for commercial purposes, but some wants it to be personal. It makes me wonder why personal blogs are kept on Blogspot, which offers no post privacy filters. If I want to keep it personal, and allow only a few to read my entries, or even keep the blog entries to myself, I would choose a blog provider which allows me to control ‘who can certain entries’. It’s more effective than making the entire blog private. Sometimes, you want to share your entries with select friends. Sometimes, you just want to keep them to yourselves. Sometimes, you want to share your entries with anyone at all.

This is why I love Livejournal (LJ) and Dreamwidth (DW) so damn much. Of course, I love InsaneJournal, Greatestjournal, JournalFen (IJ, GJ and JF respectively) and other LJ-based providers too, but my best experience had been with LJ and recently DW. I can make it so that my blog entries can only be read by friends who also have accounts there. I can make it so everyone in the WWW can read them. I have that freedom.

The new development of Dreamwidth (currently in open beta) is even more wonderful. New privacy options let me have greater control of my journal entries. If you were to have a look at my DW now (http://adlina.dreamwidth.org), you can only see one entry when I actually have a total of 5 entries. Same with my Livejournal. Out of 325 journal entries (I’ve been using LJ for six years~ 325 is a small number, sadly.), the public eye can only read 160 of them. The rest are either private or shared with friends, who are DW/LJ users.

Ongoing Conversation and Meaningful Discussions

LJ and DW makes me feel alive. You write something, someone clicks reply, and you can click reply on the person’s comment. In other words, the wonders of threaded comments (like WordPress, but we all know WP is a bit slow to implement this features). Have a look at a sample comment thread from my LJ:

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It’s an ongoing conversation, people. It looks alive. If you have something you disagree with, you can always argue. The arguments can continue. Other people can also join in the discussion. The thread doesn’t have to be between two people.

If you want to one person’s comments invisible to other commenters, you can screen the comments. This way, no one knows about your private discussion with the other person. You can also delete their comments if you want to.

Sense of Community

You can join and create communities with LJ-based journals. What’s the point of keeping your short stories or poetry or even songs to yourselves? Joining specific communities can help promote your artistic pieces. Share them with other people and get into discussions about them. It’s your chance to get feedbacks and even constructive criticisms. The latter is hard to come by these days. Comments of “Wow, it’s cool!” is getting so old and lame and bleh.

communitydwOne of the communities I’m in helps me with my language learning. It’s very useful when you have native speakers correcting your works and help you improve. Information exchange, file sharing – you name it. We have it all.

Friends Page / Reading Page

You don’t have to individually open each blog to read your friends’ newest entries. You don’t even have to subscribe to their RSS feeds if you don’t feel like it. Just click on your friends page, without the apostrophe, (or ‘reading page’ in DW) and then you can read the entries of everyone you have access to. If you want to comment, just click on comment straight away. Easy as that. Your friends page will also show newest posts in communities you subscribe to if you don’t filter them out. I usually filter communities and individuals

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You can always go to your profile and click on ‘view entries’ for friends or communities. Instant filter 😉

Conclusion to Friend A: No, I will never have a working journal on Blogspot.

To Friend B: I hope you have a clear idea now.

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9 comments

  1. rachel says:

    But then you need an invite code to register for dreamwidth isnt it? and only paid accounts can have all the full features/settings…:(
    How about xanga? just wondering if you’ve tried it and might have some reviews on it? 🙂

    • Adlina says:

      Xanga has turned from a fairly decent platform to a rather vulgar place. It’s hard to customise, and I’m not fond of its backend. The communities are more like cliques, so yeah. Not exactly my cup of tea. It’s better to choose WordPress.com or Blogetery.com (the latter also offers wordpress-esque blog hosting). You can still filter the privacy of your posts.

      Livejournal also started out as invite only place. Since DW has just started out, it’s a fairly good idea to avoid username squatting (ppl who don’t update their journals) and keep the site for serious bloggers.

      Full features on LJ only meant not having any advertisements, larger number of icons and some other minor things (like expanding long threads of conversation). It’s almost the same with Dreamwidth. Unless, of course, you’re looking to make voice-posts on a regular basis, and you wish to have a large image galleries on LJ, then only paid features become a temptation.

      I may need to make a full writeup of journal services I’ve tried. Feel free to ask me anything about blogs and I’ll be glad to help.

  2. rachel says:

    oh…now i see.. thanks for your useful info! and yea, maybe you should make a full writeup of journal services you’ve tried! =D

      • rachel says:

        Oh, that’s good. I wouldn’t want my drafts disappeared halfway if anything happens to my laptop while I type. haha. Thanks for your offer, I will let you know when I am ready to start a new blog. 🙂

        oh another question, just wondering, are you using the paid account or the free one?

        Thanks.

      • rachel says:

        so sorry, it’s me again! =p
        Questions keep popping up out of no where. haha. LJ and DW, which one would you prefer more/have higher ratings? 🙂

        • Adlina says:

          It’s fine. I have lots of free time on my hands. Well, it kind of depends on what you’re using the account for. DW is relatively new, so the community is not as big as LJ. They’re both technically the same, and I love them both to pieces.

          Howerver… if you don’t like to have advertisements ruining your journal, I’d recommend Dreamwidth. By defauly, LJ puts you on plus accounts. Plus accounts are supported by ads on various pages (paid users won’t see them though) and the ads can be seen by you and all your visiors. If you downgrade to free account, you won’t see the ads on your page and you’ll see ads on journals using plus account. Non-LJ visitors to your journal, however, would still see advertisements on your journal.

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