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If you're on Tumblr and curious about this, follow the link over to see this post on Livejournal.  (LJ does not automatically crosspost to Tumblr; I used a web app called IFTTT to do that.)

Feel free to say hi to me in the comments on this post!  You don't even need to have an account. ^_^ But you could leave your name in your post so that I know who you are. (Sometimes, even people with LJ accounts are too lazy to log in and just do it this way.)

Livejournal has the capability to do a 'read more,' although on LJ it's called an 'LJ cut.'  I'm not sure if this translates to Tumblr, but I'm testing it right below.

Now, some information about the basics of Livejournal:

  • Like Tumblr, LJ has blog themes you can choose from for your blog layout.  Once you pick one, you can customize colors and other things.  If you want to create an LJ and you're not sure what to do, you can just pick a simple layout to start with.

  • Unlike Tumblr, you don't get sideblogs.  It's one LJ blog per username/account.  You also can't change your username whenever you want--although you can buy a rename token if you're intent on it.

  • If you look down at the bottom on the actual LJ post, you can see that LJ posts have tags just like on Tumblr. Except tags on LJ are actually useful, since you can find them and then sort and filter by categories. Almost like you might conceivably want to find something you wrote before!

  • Also like Tumblr, LJ has a dashboard.  If you have an LJ account, you can follow other peoples' blogs and then read the feed of them.

  • LJ also has communities!  I said you can't have sideblogs...but I guess that's sort of a lie.  You can set up a community (and add other moderators, if you want) and then people can join and you can make posts (and decide whether you want members to be able to make posts) and chat about stuff.  You can have as many communities ('comms' for short) as you like.  Some people basically do use them as sideblogs.

  • LJ has the capability to 'friends-lock' things.  That means that you have public entries, private entries, AND ALSO entries that only the people you choose can see!  In communities, you can set community access to be public or private to its members.

  • You know what?  I haven't messed with the LJ mobile app.  I don't know how good it is.  Maybe it sucks, in which case if you use your phone for this stuff a lot, that could be a drawback.

Finally, LJ has the ability to do spoiler text! This is a bit of text that is collapsed unless you click the thing to read it.I imagine spoiler text probably does not translate to Tumblr, so you can probably see that there.  But on my LJ, you'll see what it looks like collapsed.

Edit: Like it or not, LJ is a site run by a for-profit company. It's doing pretty well, these days, but that can always change. If you prefer open source, or just a site that may have a bit less functionality but you can trust more not to change, check out Dreamwidth. It's an LJ clone, run on the same software so it works the same, but it was created specifically to give people an alternative place to go.

LJ and Dreamwidth work so well together that you can move between them and share information between them pretty easily. It's not perfect, but if you're on one, then you can mostly use the other.
From: [identity profile]
Here's an example comment. Reply to it to say hi! (You don't need an account; you can do it anon!)

Comments to an LJ post are threaded. When lots of people join in, it's like having lots of separate conversations about the same thing at once.
From: (Anonymous)
Aw man, I haven't been on LJ in about 10 (oh gosh 13; 2002 was a long time ago). Glad to see there's still thriving community here!
From: [identity profile]
A bit less thriving than you probably remember, anon. :) But there is indeed still a community here!

And quite a lot of great Sherlock fans, in particular! It's so quiet these days that it's pretty easy to find the hot spots and active posters.
From: [identity profile]
Hi! I follow you on tumblr, and created an LJ just today! ^_^;; Hope you don't mind me friending you?
From: [identity profile]
The furthest thing from minding! I'm happy to have you! ^_^

You might also be interested in joining the [ profile] tumblr_refuge comm. Lots of people from Tumblr hang out there when they want to have conversations without the wank (sometimes ABOUT the wank) and uncontrolled exposure.

Plus they've got a nice friending meme where you can find more people to follow. :)
From: [identity profile]
Oooh, thank you! I'll definitely check that out. ^v^

Super-creative comment title

Date: 2015-05-02 04:31 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And here's me leaving a comment and starting a separate thread. This is PA, posting while logged out.

Only thing about commenting anon is that you have to fill out a captcha.

Date: 2015-05-02 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
nice! Thanks! question-- if Dreamwidth is the same but open source (and thus less likely to change I assume), why LJ? Shouldn't we move there?

I guess a lot of what I haven't figured out is how communities work and how to use a dash like feature but I suppose that's just a question of getting started and actually using it...
Edited Date: 2015-05-02 04:58 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-02 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your 'Friends' page serves as your dashboard. Right now, since you just joined, it won't show much besides the official LJ staff blog. But once you start following other blogs, then you can go to your friends page and see the most recent posts there.

You can find links to your friends page in a few places. The easiest and most persistent is if you look on the left side of the LJ menu bar at the top of your screen.

For communities, in a lot of ways they're just like a blog that multiple people can use. You find a comm--like [ profile] tumblr_refuge--and then you can choose to watch it or join it. In the case of tumblr-refuge, you need to join it in order to be able to read or post, since it's moderated for the peace and quiet of its members.
Edited Date: 2015-05-02 05:13 am (UTC)

Re: thank you!

Date: 2015-05-02 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad to help! The learning curve on websites can be so annoying.

Date: 2015-05-02 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Regarding Dreamwidth vs. Livejournal, it depends on your preference really. I'm used to Livejournal, and I like some of the expanded features that the site offers. Dreamwidth is almost the same, but there are a few more elaborate functions that they don't employ. (They do offer paid accounts, though, which help them cover costs.)

Dreamwidth uses OpenID, which means that you can log into it and comment on Dreamwidth blogs using your Livejournal account. Or, if you prefer a Dreamwidth account, you can set it up to crosspost from Dreamwidth to LJ, so that people on LJ can follow you and comment more easily. Either way works.

Date: 2015-05-02 12:29 pm (UTC)
trobadora: (words)
From: [personal profile] trobadora
Just a note, you can use OpenID on LJ as well. And DW isn't run by a non-profit - are you getting it mixed up with AO3?

Date: 2015-05-02 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No, I didn't have it confused. I was just wrong. It's a .org domain (not exclusively reserved for non-profits but most often used by them) and was formed and has always been run according to non-profit principles, so I had figured it was one. But yeah, now I see on their business FAQ where they talk about why they didn't do that.

(Still, they are one in spirit. ^_^)

Date: 2015-05-02 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If only there were a heart icon I could click to "like" this post! :D

The mobile LJ app isn't terrible these days—at least, not for my limited needs.

Date: 2015-05-02 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good to know! I should download and play with it. For science.

Date: 2015-05-02 12:22 pm (UTC)
trobadora: (Renard - coins)
From: [personal profile] trobadora
Hi! Good to see you around! :)

Date: 2015-05-02 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi! Yes, I do exist!^_^

Date: 2015-05-02 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Then mobile app on android is working well for me. Easy to see my friend feed, add new friends, and comment.

Date: 2015-05-02 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooo, good to know! Thanks!

Date: 2015-05-02 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Can't figure out how to repost someone else's post on mobile.

Thank you!

Date: 2015-05-02 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Just want to thank you for the work you did researching and posting about the IFTTT recipes for cross-posting. I'm not using it here (I'm not sure what I want to do with this account other than comment with it), but I do use it to back up my tumblr to a locked wordpress archive, including using that wordpress to reblog-to-myself things (using the "press this" bookmarklet) I don't want to reblog on tumblr—sort of a file of things I might want to reference and have the links back to since finding something once it's flown off your tumblr dash is generally impossible.

Re: Thank you!

Date: 2015-05-02 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! I'm glad it comes in useful!

Date: 2015-05-02 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kudos to you for doing this! I have been on LJ for a very long time. I don't post much anymore since most folks have moved on but I still check in and am a member of a number of Sherlock comms.

Date: 2015-05-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
At least some of the older fans have slowly been trickling back to Tumblr for the last year or two. There are a few people who vanished from Tumblr completely after the last few rounds of wank and only participate on LJ. So people are still here. :) But it is a lot more quiet.

Yay for LJ!

Date: 2015-05-02 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm still here. Came for XFiles (m/k shipper) stayed for Criminal Minds (Hotch/Reid shipper) Now I'm at Tumblr which has some points, but it is hard to make friends.

Anyway, I'm Jolie aka jomk (on both LJ & tumblr) aka Jo Leigh which is my pen name, although I don't write fic any more, but if I ever have a break again before I die, I would.

Re: Yay for LJ!

Date: 2015-05-02 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hahaha, yes, I know who you are. ^_^ I don't think I comment on your posts much, but you're one of the regulars on my dash. :) You always make my day better when I see you!

Re: Yay for LJ!

Date: 2015-05-02 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Aw, thanks~! It's mutual, I assure you.

Hey, do you think it's kosher to start following people who post on this thread? Is there a better way to connect to people who want to be in a community?



Re: Yay for LJ!

Date: 2015-05-02 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well [ profile] tumblr_refuge is an LJ comm that Emma Grant started, and that has a friending post on it. So that's a good place to look.

I don't want to just say, "Yeah, go ahead and friend whomever, they won't mind!" But um. That does tend to be how I operate. :D

(Also, added! For some reason I wasn't following you...)

Date: 2015-05-03 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for posting this! :)

Date: 2015-06-04 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad LJ has a dashboard type function and you can clearly see the tags it's quite helpful, I've just discovered the read more thing on tumblr and I use it quite a lot now


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