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I’m off LJ for months, and now I can’t shut up...

Wow, what a bunch of kerfuffles! I haven’t been on LJ much this spring, due to my job, but I managed to jump right back in right in the middle of major controversies.

I won’t address Fanlib here, except to say, stupid idea! So on to the most recent controversy.

I sure hope this proposed mass fannish migration to venues other than LJ turns out to be unnecessary. As many have pointed out, lots of people won’t follow, and fandom will become further fractured as a result.

I’m active in the zine community and I participate in some very active yahoo lists. With my current participation in LJ, I’m at my time limit. I enjoy LJ, but if people start going elsewhere, I’m not sure I can make another leap. A few years ago, several friends joined LJ. Several others joined BlogSpot. I had to make a choice which to go with, since I didn’t have the time to do both. So I went with LJ. As a consequence, I’m having a harder time keeping up with the friends who went to BlogSpot.

Now people are proposing migrating to other venues – several other venues – and my poor brain is going *enough*!

Question – I believe that every person on my flist are fannish – how many of you, given the complex nature of the controversy itself, would consider moving to another venue?

Lots of my fannish friends never made the leap to LJ in the first place. I’d say at least half of the friends I see at MediaWest aren’t on LJ. Though a couple of them, this past MediaWest, showed some interest in joining up… Ironically, as it turns out, just as many fans are talking about heading to other venues.

If any of the many proposals to create fan-only space on the net comes about, I’ll definitely check it out. (I’m curious as to how far the proposal that fans buy stock in LJ, should it become a publicly traded company, will play out. It sounds less than practical to me, but who knows? We sure are quite a presence here, and organized fans *can* accomplish quite a lot.)

By scanning about a zillion posts in Metafandom, I did find out bits and pieces of fannish history I hadn’t known before. The leap to LJ a few years ago took me completely by surprise. It makes a lot more sense now that I know a lot of this was motivated by fanfiction.net banning NC-17 stories, and, in a non-related movie, Yahoo Groups at approximately the same time TOSing several fannish adult lists.

Fandom’s always a moving current, isn’t it?

Comments

I've already decided I won't move on to something else. At the same time, it kept me from trying for a life time membership here. It seemed too big a risk, what with all the talk of people moving on to other venues.

I've never really been all that much into LJ to begin with, preferring the more fandom-focused groups. I'll respond to posts on my flist or at communities but I rarely post to my own. Maybe because, still, my strongest tie to fandom is through the zine community and most of my closest fannish friends aren't on LJ anyway.
>>I've already decided I won't move on to something else. At the same time, it kept me from trying for a life time membership here. It seemed too big a risk, what with all the talk of people moving on to other venues.

Agreed. I'd decided, at MediaWest, that when I came back I was going to get a lifetime membership with LJ, but now I'm not so sure. I think I'll wait to see how this all shakes out.

>>>I've never really been all that much into LJ to begin with, preferring the more fandom-focused groups.

I much prefer yahoo lists to LJ, because I like the way you can actually follow whole conversations on yahoo lists. Most of my fannish activity takes place away from LJ, which is how I managed to be gone from LJ for so long. (Well, being gone for so long was really because of my job... But I still kept up with my lists during that time.)

>>>I'll respond to posts on my flist or at communities but I rarely post to my own.

I do more responding to posts than making posts in my own LJ. I tend to post to LJ for when I want to write some kind of fannish essay. But, primarily, I post to other communities or journals.

>>>Maybe because, still, my strongest tie to fandom is through the zine community and most of my closest fannish friends aren't on LJ anyway.

Agreed. I think of the people I know who attend Shore Leave and MediaWest - so very few of them are on LJ, and those who are never post, but are just here to read fic.