next_to_normal: (Britta has feelings)
I have apparently come down with the Christmas Death Blargh, and I'm doped up on store-brand Sudafed substitute, so apologies if this comes out less than coherent.

But I want to take a moment to talk about the self-perpetuating cycle that I see happening in fandom surrounding potential moves to DW. What seems to happen is that a lot of people say they want to move, but then one of two things happens. Either they never do it because everyone else is still at LJ - or they try it out, find very few people at DW, and trudge back to LJ because that's where fandom and/or their friends are. Do you guys see the problem with that? If users don't come over here and stay here, then of course you're never going to find the fandom presence here that's currently on LJ, and people will keep giving up and going back to LJ.

Every time LJ does something stupid, I see a flurry of "Ugh, I should just move to DW!" posts, but no one does it because "fandom's still at LJ." And I'm just sitting here thinking, "Uh, guys? You ARE fandom." "Fandom" is not some sentient being that is suddenly going to make a decision to move, so stop waiting for it to happen. Fandom is just the nexus of a bunch of individuals who are all making individual decisions about where they want to be.

And I'm not trying to put anyone on the spot, but my point is that if y'all are genuine about wanting to move over here, then more people have to bite the bullet and just do it. Sure, it may seem risky at first - what if my friends stop reading me because it's too much ~effort to check DW or set up an RSS feed? (I've got news for you: if they're that lazy, they're not very good friends. Sorry. It's true. But if you're worried, there's always crossposting.) Here's the thing. If you're unhappy with LJ - and it seems a lot of people are - then why are you letting other people dictate whether or not you stay there?

I'd use the phrase "put your money where your mouth is," but you know what? You don't even need to put up the money. Get a free account if you want - just as long as you USE IT. You can call it a New Year's resolution if that helps, but if you're serious about wanting to move, you're gonna have to make a commitment to it. Make it a habit to crosspost everything. Set your crossposts to only allow comments at DW. Make it a habit to check your DW reading list every day (or however often as you check LJ), even if it means visiting two (OMG the horror!) different sites. Take the time to learn about the different features DW offers and get comfortable with it.

Some people, for whatever reasons, really don't want to move, and that's fine. I'm not saying we should force them. But I think that if everyone who said, "Oh, I would move to DW, but no one's there!" made DW their main journal, then the center of gravity in fandom will start to shift. But it's not going to magically happen. Everyone's gotta make the decision.

Oh, LJ...

Dec. 21st, 2011 10:12 am
next_to_normal: (Buffy in class)
I admit, I am watching the chaos over at LJ with detached amusement (and thanking my lucky stars I only ever use it for commenting and only have 15 icons to deal with).

However, in the interest of being helpful during this trying time, I wanted to remind everyone that, for the rest of the year, you can get a DW account without an account code. Just sign up! Plus, if you get a paid account, you'll get an additional 10% for your money. If you've been on the fence about DW, now's the time to create an account, even if it's just a back-up.

This has been a PSA. We now return you to your regularly scheduled journaling.

next_to_normal: (Abed paintball)
This was originally a comment on [ profile] goldenusagi's post, but I'd been thinking of doing a post anyway, given the hoopla over the DDoS attack and the frantic switching/crossposting, lol.

1. If anyone is interested in opening a DW account, I have three invite codes:


2. For those of you who have recently switched or started cross-posting, if you're going to be posting identical content in both places, I may take you off my LJ flist and just read you on DW. Just so's you know. :)

3. If you need convincing as to why DW is awesome, here you go. )
next_to_normal: (Dawn wtf)
So, I tried to change the font of my header, and... I don't understand. Somehow, every time I try to change the font, the text gets more and more off-center. Um... what?

I could probably fix it with CSS, but since I didn't change it with CSS, it seems like I should be able to change it back without it. But if that's the case, I have no idea how, since there's no option in the basic customization to center or not center the header text.

I've also noticed that the font for my comments is suddenly bigger than the font for my entries, which is annoying. I don't know why randomly that changed on its own, either.

Don't make me cranky, DW. Be less buggy.

ETA: Played with it a bit, and managed to get it back to center by making the font size bigger. Whatever. I still don't really like this font, but now that it's back to normal, I'm afraid to try something else.
next_to_normal: (spike huh)
Okay, so y'all know how LJ has that nifty journal statistics/My Guests thing? Well, in DW's account settings, there is an option for whether or not to include yourself in your journal statistics, which naturally would imply that DW HAS journal statistics, which I am assuming would be similar to LJ's.

But for the life of me, I can't find them - there are no options on the home page to view statistics, and searching the FAQ for "statistics" turns up nothing. Are they not up and running yet? Is the option just there to tease me? Or am I dumb and not looking in the right place?
next_to_normal: (whatting a what)
I just posted another access-only post (with actual content this time, so I'm not just spamming you with test posts, lol), so if you've got the tag tracking set up, you should have received notification and been able to view the entry. Let me know if anything's not working properly.

To keep this post from being utterly pointless, have some links I snagged from [personal profile] cleolinda:

Martin Freeman to play Bilbo Baggins - This made me laugh hysterically, because when I watched The Office, I totally said, "Wow, that dude looks like a hobbit!" Can I call 'em or what? lol

Sexy Elmo Dress - Okay, skipping right past the oxymoron aspect of "sexy" and "Elmo" being in the same sentence, and going right to laughing hysterically because apparently Willow started a fashion trend. God help us.

Brighton Rock, the movie - This is probably not quite as funny to anyone but me, because I saw the musical version of Brighton Rock when it debuted in London. In fact, I wrote a whole paper tearing it to shreds for my theater class. (My love of musicals does have it limits.) The original Graham Greene novel is a dark, gritty mobster drama, and the chirpy, upbeat musical numbers seemed wildly out of place side by side with the themes of immorality and damnation. It'd be like taking The Sopranos and Bye Bye Birdie and smooshing them together into one production. SO BAD OMG. But I did think it would have worked brilliantly as a dark drama, if they'd just take out the musical numbers and make it a straight play. Which was why the movie version intrigued me, so I will keep my eye on this.
next_to_normal: (Chuck blah)
Got a reply back from DW support (and may I compliment them on the speediness of said reply), and unfortunately, there is no way to do what I want to do (i.e. get access-only posts to show up on your flists). Here's the deets:

To see locked posts in a feed, your friends will need to be using a feed reader which supports authentication.  LiveJournal's feed process does not do this, but there are plenty of feed readers which do.

Your friends can also subscribe to your posts by having Dreamwidth notify them when a new one is posted.  If they have access to your locked entries they'll get emails about those as well.  They can find the tracking settings by following the link from your profile.

I don't know much about RSS feeds. I know there are other feed readers out there, but unless you're already using one, I'm guessing no one would rather use that - which is still one more thing to check - instead of LJ. But on the off-chance you DO use another feed reader, that's an option.

The second paragraph might be a more practical solution, though. I don't know about anyone else, but I find it pretty annoying to track someone's entire journal, especially someone who posts as much as I do. Your inbox would be overwhelmed. :) However, I have tracked individual tags with much success on LJ, and I expect it's pretty much the same here. Since I generally only make locked posts when I'm talking about personal stuff, you can track my getting personal tag and that will pick up just about everything. You'll get an email notification whenever I post something with that tag.

In order to track a tag, go here. Check the box that says "[personal profile] next_to_normal posts a new entry tagged" and in this case, you want to select "getting personal" in the drop-down menu. Make sure the "Also notify me by email" box is checked, since I doubt anyone's checking their DW inbox if they're not checking their reading page. :)

Thoughts? Suggestions? Complaints? Let me know if you have any trouble with setting things up. I will probably make another test post in a day or so to see if it's working properly.
next_to_normal: (fingers crossed)
After reading the FAQ on RSS feeds and restricted access posts, I still have no idea how it works, so it seems the best way to answer my questions is to just try it and see what happens.

To that end, I just posted a restricted access post entitled "Testing 1 2 3..." Everyone who commented on my LJ post saying they were going to add me as an RSS feed has been added to my access list. That means you SHOULD see my previous post. If you don't, either I missed you (in which case, let me know if you want to be added) or it didn't work at all, in which case, UH-OH.

We'll see how this goes...
next_to_normal: (sick Cordy)
My parents were here this weekend - my mom took some time off from work and came down Thursday afternoon, so on Friday we went to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. We went particularly to see the Normal Rockwell exhibit, but the whole place is pretty awesome. We ended up spending about five hours there. My dad arrived on Saturday, and we all went to Abbey Road on the River, which is a big Beatles tribute festival at the National Harbor. We got to see quite a few cover bands, but of course the best ones are always the ones who dress up in the Sgt. Pepper costumes. :)

Since it was a holiday weekend, my parents stayed until Monday. I have to confess to feeling somewhat overwhelmed, and like I don't have nearly enough time for myself. I was in New York Friday through Sunday, had one day to recover, and then classes started again, which meant not getting home until 9:30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, and then Thursday my mother showed up, and I've been occupied ever since. I have class again tonight and tomorrow, and it feels like it takes so much effort to just keep going. It's immensely frustrating that work and school and homework demand so much of my time, and I have zero motivation to do anything about it, which doesn't bode well for my GPA.

Other than catching Mad Men (since my mother wanted to watch it, too, and I am very excited that she's so into it - finally, after me telling her to watch it about three times), I haven't had time to watch any TV, not the shows that are currently on or my Netflix project. I did manage to finish Dexter season 4 after my parents left last night, but who knows when I'll have time to write up a reaction post. Plus I still have reviews for A Little Night Music and In the Heights to post. I just want to watch TV and write blog posts, is that so much to ask?

I think that part of my frustration/anger/listlessness lately is a medication issue - which, incidentally, raises a new complication with this DW set-up. I'd like to talk about that kind of stuff here, but I want to be able to restrict access like I did on LJ. It's easy enough to create a personal filter on DW, and I'm pretty sure I can add OpenIDs to it (maybe [ profile] stormwreath can help me experiment with that?). However, I know that a lot of people are reading my posts via RSS feed, which means that only my public posts will show up. So how will you know there's a personal post you can read if you can't see it? I suppose I could make a public post saying, "Hey, personal filter post ahoy," so you know to come to my journal and look for it, but that seems... awkward, not least of which because I'd be telling people who are not on the filter that there are posts I don't want them to read.

Any suggestions?

next_to_normal: (purple dress)
Well, I suppose this is the official grand opening of my new journal. Everything prior to this post was imported from my LJ. I'm still working out the kinks (for one thing, it looks like I'll have to re-embed my YouTube videos on my musical posts *sigh*), but I think this is going to be a good place.

Pull up a chair, pour a margarita, and make yourself at home!
next_to_normal: (Miss Kitty Fantastico)
I'm sure there's no shortage of them, since everyone seems to have gotten more codes, and I can't really give much of a pitch for Dreamwidth, since all I use it for is a back-up for my LJ...

BUT with that glowing recommendation, lol, if anyone wants a DW code, let me know, and I'll be happy to email it to you. :)
next_to_normal: (confusion)
Okay, so a while back, I reorganized all my tags. I felt very accomplished, and just a little OCD.

I just imported my LJ to Dreamwidth for the first time since the Great Reorganization, and I noticed that it didn't change the tags on the previously-imported entries. It just uploaded all the new tags, but has them all with 0 entries. Is there any way to fix that that doesn't involve individually retagging things?

DW codes

May. 17th, 2009 12:05 pm
next_to_normal: (Default)
I think Dreamwidth sent out invite codes to a lot of users last night, but if there's anyone out there who's still looking for an invite, I have two one codes. Just leave a comment or send me a message with your email address so I can send it to you.

DW Invites

May. 5th, 2009 09:05 am
next_to_normal: (Default)
I have two one zero Dreamwidth invite codes if anyone wants them. but I am happy to request more if people still want them - just let me know and I will. First come, first served, just comment with your email address (comments are screened).
next_to_normal: (Default)
Just testing the crossposting feature to make sure it works.

I've been thinking about it and discussing with a few other people, and I really don't want to make DW my primary journal at this point, so I doubt I'll be crossposting regularly. I'm hoping that it's possible to update my LJ import so that I can post primarily on LJ and keep DW synched up just in case I ever do want to switch. (If anyone knows whether or not that's possible, it'd be greatly appreciated.)


May. 1st, 2009 09:30 am
next_to_normal: (Default)
Well, if my last post is any indication, I should be busy writing a "Vi the Vampire Slayer" fic, lol. Will get right on that.

So, I wasn't planning to do this at all, because I am a crank who hates change, but I created the OpenID so I could comment on people's posts over on Dreamwidth, and that was supposed to be as far as it went, but then they sent me the access code thingy to get a real account, and I was like, well, I might as well make sure I can get my own name (and then there was a whole dilemma of - do we keep the underscore or do we not keep the underscore? Since I post on all the archives as eowyn315, and I only added the underscore because someone on LJ got there first, but since Dreamwidth crosses over with LJ and not the archives, I figured I should keep it consistent).

Bottom line, I'm there. eowyn_315. I don't expect to do anything with it in the near future, but it's there.

ETA: Since I didn't plan on signing up, I haven't really been paying attention to posts about who's going to DW and who's not, so I'm not sure how to find people over there. If you posted about DW in the last few hours, I probably saw it, but otherwise don't be shy about giving me a heads up if you're over there and want access.
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