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    Is LiveJournal still used at all?

    Back in the days (mid of the past decade, before Blogger and Wordpress began to rise to their current status) LiveJournal was very big. Some celebrities varying from politicians to artists used it, some people built their first blog with this system, and some even somehow set it up like a website (even when you can never turn a blog into a proper site entirely)

    Since Blogger and Wordpress became very big and widely used, I hardly see any other blog host (bloggen.be excepted but this is used in my native Belgium only and has limited use) and even LiveJournal, despite celebrities of all sorts having used it, is hardly promoted or seen anymore. Is the service still getting any traffic or is this site being abandoned bit by bit by all former users to the extent that it may vanish into obscurity or vanish alltogether soon?

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    I would say it's pretty much dead. :/ Blogger, blogspot, Wordpress and others seem to have mostly replaced it.

    I can't really think of anyone 'big' who is active on there now.

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    I can only think of Ed Kowalczyk and Billy Corgan who used LiveJournal frequently and, doing a rapid check, still do. But that doesn't mean many people still visit their pages.

    I too seem to believe Wordpress and Blogspot have the overwhelming share of blogs out there in the market, the remaining providers combined probably not even adding up to 1/4th of Blogspot and Wordpress. Local blogs using local services may be exceptions, but I see even very local blogs in unfrequently spoken languages these days move to Blogspot or Wordpress. I guess if you have a quality product (which Blogspot and Wordpress have) you indeed outrun the others if they don't follow rapid enough to offer their users the same interesting package.

    I couldn't think of any blogging platform by heart frequently used except for Blogspot and Wordpress. I can think of some other hosts yes, but the number of users would be very low or very much orientated to one country or area alone.

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    This makes me reminisce of my Xanga account. lol!

    Oddly enough I actually logged back into my Xanga earlier this year and deleted the account. I couldn't believe the site was still up. It wasn't near as popular as Live Journal.
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    I think it is still up. But whoever want to start blogging, they will go to either Blogger, Wordpress, and Drupal. That is what I heard.

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    I still people talking about it so the answer is yes.

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    How often and where do you still hear or see LiveJournal blogs annnounced or promoted? The main blogs I see being recommended, are built on Wordpress or Blogspot platforms. I can't think of any LiveJournal blog that was widely advertised on sites the last couple of years.

    Drupal by the way is not a blogging website, is it? I do remember Xanga, but only when you mentioned it, had forgotten about them entirely The only blog providers I could think of except for Wordpress, Blogspot and LiveJournal were local initiatives orientated only to people in 1 country (I used bloggen.be as example from my native country but noticed similar initiatives in other countries -- due to the lack of certainty how long the services will survive I see though that many now switch to Wordpress or Blogspot too even when there is a local provider also offering blogs for free)

    I must say the two big players offer a great service so maybe that's why I haven't been keeping eyes open well to other blogs. The only reason when I'd maybe consider looking around would be if I'd want to blog about something more sensitive (eg politics) and not wanting to jeopardize my existing blogs and thus keeping that one blog with a different host. But that'd be the only circumstance I could think of ; generally once someone is satisfied with a host/provider he's just staying in the comfort zone without actively trying and comparing other systems.
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    LiveJournal. That's still around? I wonder what it was that caused it to die?
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    It is still around but highly doubtful if those blogs still get a lot of visitors. Blogger and Wordpress have virtually taken over the blogging world.

    I must say I can see why because simply they offer a great service.

    The one downside is you also got just these choices. A guy I know has a political blog, he writes his opinions very openly and without censoring or moderating his views. I admire that. I think if I were to start a blog on a subject that is considered sensitive to many, I would do it at a blog provider where I have no other blogs yet, out of anxiety to see my other blogs suspended if I all had them at the same host and a post would stir up a bit too much controversy.

    On the other hand, maybe such fears are uncalled for because one of the very reasons why blogs exist is to be able to out your opinions without having to worry if many agree or disagree with your views.

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    I used to post on a LJ account but let it go couple years ago. Most of the "friends" on it went away or deleted accounts and when LJ started putting interstitial ads when moving around in it, I nuked my account. Like some other web stuff like My Space or Facebook, it's a fad and they die out after awhile.
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    Yes, I hear marketers still using it to help promote their websites / blogs. They also use lens, tumblr, etc.

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    This site is pretty accuarate and it shows ONLY USA traffic!

    Over 3 million visitors from USA is a lot!

    http://siteanalytics.compete.com/livejournal.com/

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    LiveJournal is one of those Web 2.0 platforms that we used to promote niche websites. The links are do-follow, so it's easy to grab some link juice and gain more search engine exposure (or even potential sales and leads). It might not be popular for everyone else, but this one's very useful to build more links.
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    Hmmm, I didn't know they were still so succesful to end up in the top-100 of most visited websites.

    I'm happy with the blogs I have, but as said, if I ever start a political blog I may do it on a different platform to avoid hassle with my other blogs should one of my opinions be considered too controversial (although I think shutting down a blog for such reason would very much go against the whole intention of blogging -- but for playing safe...)


    For me static pages and post-per-email are essentials, not sure if LiveJournal has that since I never seriously considered them. Also important is that the blog doesn't expire when there's some inactivity since there are months when I don't blog at all and months when I post multiple entries per week.


    That ranking of Alexa does show that apparently some of the most frequent terms in the last months are about nudity or adult related stuff. I thought blog hosts were generally used for outing opinions and posting news rather than for such purposes, so that is quite odd.

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