I see livejournal has redesigned its homepage. It basically looks shit. About a third of the screen tells me who has visited my journal, any events(ie birthdays, but this information is incorrect) and who has looked at my journal(presumably not via their friend's page). I then have about four screen's worth devoted to the top journals, top posts and top communities. I am not sure how top is exactly defined but it seems to be some sort of popularity contest. The font on the top post bit is huge and it is dominated by celebrity crap.
I guess LJ know their market and seem keen to have a site based on around a smaller number of huge communities. I just wonder if it serves me so well, a lot of the communities I used to follow are totally moribund(livejournal_uk
a source of many of my friends has not been posted to since April). I thought thequestionclub
is quite busy with 40ish posts a day, but in 2009 it was getting maybe 200 a day.
Laura spent a bit of time on Saturday changing the look of her blog(we also got the domain www.kneadwhine.co.uk
. Even though Blogger is supposed to be a poor option it does offer much better customisation than livejournal.
I quite fancy starting up a blog somewhere, just not really sure of niche. I have had a non-ficiton book blog in the past but most people will just read the review on Amazon. I wonder what the long term future of livejournal is(and feel that dreamwidth is not such a good backup as the interface is even worse). I quite like the fact I have nearly 12 years worth of posts here, but then if I had started last week I would probably have left a long time ago.
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