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now posting at Dreamwidth (and what it means for LJ users)

I've been meaning to move all my posting to Dreamwidth for a while, and now is as good a time as any. [*]

You don't need a Dreamwidth account to keep reading and commenting on my posts. Here's the deal:

  1. All my posts will still appear here, cross-posted from Dreamwidth.
  2. All the comments, however, will be at DW, because duplicated and separated conversations annoy me. The posts on LJ will have the number of comments on DW and a direct link to reply.
  3. You can comment at DW in three ways:
    1. Get a DW account. Ask me for an invite code, or check out [site community profile] dw_codesharing.
    2. Use your LJ account through OpenID. As described in the DW FAQ, you can just choose "More Options," select the "OpenID" radio button, and put "" in the resulting box. This will identify you in that comment as so-and-so from LiveJournal.

      However, your life will be easier if you take one extra step and set up an OpenID account on DW. Go here and, again, enter "" in the box, then set and confirm an e-mail address when you're asked. Once you've done this, you can get comment replies by e-mail, subscribe to journals, be given access to locked posts [**], and even have up to six icons. You just can't post entries.

    3. Comment "anonymously", not logged in; you won't be able to do this on locked posts, though, because if you're not logged in you won't be able to see them.
  4. I've done my best to duplicate the current list of people who can read locked posts from here to DW. If you have a DW account and I've listed your LJ account instead under "Also Gives Access To" on my profile, do please let me know.

I prefer Dreamwidth because the people running it are much better at listening to what people want and not just dumping out new and ill-advised changes, because it's completely ad-free, and because it has a bunch of cool features (the one I never knew I needed until it happened is inline expansion of cut-tags on the reading page: click the little arrow and there the content is).

I think in sum this ought to make it exactly as easy to read and comment on my DW posts as on LJ. If there are specific things that make it less easy, I want you to tell me (comments on this post will remain open).


[*] LJ now allows you to cross-post comments to FaceBook and Twitter, even if the comment is to a locked post, thereby making it substantially less work to violate someone's privacy, inadvertently or otherwise; and pingbacks now include excerpts from locked posts. You can opt out of sending or receiving pingbacks, but not of having other people cross-post comments from your locked posts.

[**] ETA: how to give LJ OpenIDs access: either manually, by going to the manage circle page and putting "" in the boxes all the way at the bottom; or automatically, by going to the import content page and asking it to import your friends.

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Commenting here just for now, as I am likely to be making a very similar leap as soon as I get back in town next week -- I am silveraspen at DW as well.

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I knew I was missing something.

It'll automatically import all your icons, friends, entries, and even comments if you want: Setting up crossposting is also incredibly easy here:

(I've imported everything just as a backup in case something awful happens to LJ, but set it all private because of the splitting-conversations thing.)

I crosspost constantly. It's pretty easy; in fact, I've been liking DW's posting interface more than LJ's.

And there's a big revamp coming soon for that which sounds really neat.

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I'm sorry. The mechanism is exactly the same--click one link on your reading page to reply and another to read comments. But I hate loathe and despise having conversations split up and I'm tired of giving LJ as much traffic as I do.

(Once you get the login set up, you should be able to stay logged in, just like on LJ.)

Edited at 2010-09-02 01:13 pm (UTC)

Further to papersky's concerns: those times I've tried clicking through from LJ to comment on DW, I've been refused access, even though I have both OpenID access and my own DW account. I don't know what the problem is, and the need to post a comment has never been imperative enough to pursue it; it may be associated with my non-standard browser or some such. But if you notice a sudden falling-off of comments, it may be techno-issues rather than friends deserting you in droves...

If it happens again, do tell me or put in a support request, because I do want this to be as transparent a move as possible, please?

Will do.

Awesome! So this means I can take you off the LJ reading list, yes?


Do you still have any invite codes? I would love to have one if so. Thanks!

When I had my emergency c-sec, and couldn't get my rings off, they just put tape over them.

Tape? Now I'm deeply bemused as to what the point of taking them off is, I thought it would be a circulation thing! (*googles* Hmm, bacteria, not getting lost, and (tiny possibility) electrical burns. Okay.) But whatever, off they shall come.

(This is in reference to .)

It appears I can see your locked posts on LJ but not on Dreamwidth (I have a Dreamwidth account as mmcirvin).



Thank you

Thank you very much for all the time and effort you put into the chapter by chapter reread at TOR Lord Of The Rings. I had just started rereading it myself, after seeing the movies and not having read it since the American publications in the '60's. Your synopsis and commentary on each chapter greatly enhanced my reading experience. You pointed out many things I would have missed, points of view I would not have considered, and always gave me a lot to think about after reading of your posts. I cannot imagine how you found all the time and effort amidst the demands of a career and having a young child. But thank you again you ( and all those who commented on your posts). You really helped me enjoy and get so much more out of LOTR.

Re: Thank you

Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me, I really appreciate it!

Re: Thank you

That was a lot of work and brought a lot of pleasure to many many readers I am sure, I hope a good number of them expressed appreciation. I will be looking for other 'reads' and commentaries of yours in the future. Any particular one you liked doing and would recommend?
Thanks Again

Re: Thank you

The only other one I did for was _The Hobbit_, but I expect to be doing a couple more in the near-ish future, so keep an eye out!

I am sure I am not the first to suggest, but have you considered A Song of Ice and Fire for your next read along project? I finally cracked, gave in, gave up and started reading it. I have seen the series on HBO, but the books are much better IMHO. The books have better,deeper, characters. They have better scene/world descriptions. There is a closer, smoother fit between plot action and character. The reading is easy, but the characters and actions are comprehensible and familiar to what goes on in Westeros. The 'supernatural' aspects seem to enhance but not overwhelm the characters nor provide unsatisfying plot resolutions. The book's organization makes it very easy and fun to read and helps keep the multitude of main characters and story lines in mind. I am only part way thru the second volume, but unless George R R Martin completely looses his way I expect the whole seven volumes to be as good as, if not better than The Lord of The Rings.

It's very kind of you to ask, but I won't be doing A Song of Ice and Fire for two independent reasons: (1) is doing a first-time read-along already by my friend, the excellent Leigh Butler; (2) I got through the second book and stopped reading, because it wasn't to my taste. However, I'm very glad you're enjoying it!