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The Blog and the LiveJournal

I have never had a blog, and I can't seem to find a site that really compares and contrasts Blogger with LiveJournal, as far as features and how they actually work. For example, do they have something like a Friends list, that neatly compiles posts from various users and communities all on one cozy page, or do they just have to keep clicking those links? Do they have private, friends-only entries, and if so, can other bloggers see them? One would think there would be a web site doing a comparison, but Google yielded little in my search.

I could create a blog and test it for myself, but don't want to waste a username for someone else with something I'll likely never use regularly. I know some of you have had them. I initially was turned off of blogs and onto LJ because at the time, I never saw a single blog with a comment feature, and I liked the comparative social interaction of LJ. I also really like the convenience of the software client (I use Semagic) for updates.

It also seems that blog authors tend to be publishers rather than diarists. Meaning that they write for publication, articles or essays . . . of course, there's stylistic crossover. A statistic I read also suggested that the average age of the blogger is higher than that of the average LJ user, and, as the content of many blogs I've seen seems to be more mature, I'd say personal observation bears this out. It makes me wonder why: what made the older crowd choose blogs instead of LiveJournals? Obviously, as both have become more popular, the age range has broadened, and the generalizations I'm speaking of aren't quite as skewed, but it is nevertheless interesting.

On a more minor note, just speaking from my anecdotal observation, the LJ folks seem to be a little more tech oriented. Maybe that also has to do with the youth factor, and an age group that has never existed without CD players or cell phones.

When I started my LJ, back in 2001, I was writing a lot for WomenGamers, so that was where I published; this journal is, and remains, more of a diary/message board synthesis, and I'm quite happy with it. I feel no real inclination to change: it's more that I'm curious about how the other half authors, so to speak.

If you know about this or have an opinion on it, I'd really like to hear your perspective.

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theath
Dec. 31st, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
Blogs, etc.
I didn't start blogging until October of this year. LiveJournal was one of the options I considered, but TypePad caught my eye in the end. I guess my blog (http://republicoft.typepad.com) is a combination of public and personal commentary on whatever I feel like spouting off about that day. Works for me.
pointedview
Dec. 31st, 2003 11:23 am (UTC)
Re: Blogs, etc.
TERRANCE! *dances* *hugs* I'm elated to see you here, sweetie! Thanks so much for coming for a visit. I have added you to my Friends list, so you can now view friends-only entries. ;)

On your blog, I really like what you've done with the categorizations. That was nifty. Matter of fact, I thought it was so nifty that I've started doing something similar with my Memories section. It's going to take a while to get it all sorted, though, with entries dating back to 2001.

What did you like about TypePad? I really like the colors you chose for your site.
theath
Dec. 31st, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: Blogs, etc.
I think what I liked most about TypePad was the ease with which one could set up a blog and be easily linked to others. I also liked the instant pinging at blo.gs and weblogs.com. Both brought a lot of people to my site, and my readership continues to grow.
pointedview
Dec. 31st, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Blogs, etc.
*nods* That makes sense. I was just reading it, and thinking about how you used to write opinion pieces fairly frequently for the Red & Black. I admire your posts quite a bit.

My LJ seems so fluffy and lightweight by comparison, as if I'm topically lazy and remiss. I mean, I can write thoughtful opinion pieces (I just categorized this one, so it's recent in my mind), but I don't exercise those muscles in my journal perhaps quite as often as I should. Maybe I worry too much about offending people, and should be more trusting of the fact that people who read my journal can handle something more substantial.

Of course, if I am outraged about something, I do post about it. The most recent thing to have me frothing at the mouth and wanting to give George Bush a very stern "how dare you?" is the initiative regarding gay marriage. Needless to say, I want everyone I love to have all the legal rights, status, symbolic joy, and whatever else comes with marriage as recognized by the governmental systems in this country. If folks want to get married, then they bloody well should be able to if they wish. It's simply the fair and right thing to do.

Hmm, I already feel more mentally nourished. :D
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