The tl;dr important bits
- If you're reading this on insanejournal.com, I'll soon stop posting here. You can friend chris_boyle, which will have the new posts when I move.
- If you're already reading this on a feed (e.g. shortcipher_ij) or on Facebook, you won't need to do anything.
- I'll still read and comment on both LiveJournal and InsaneJournal, as shortcipher.
- I will still not be making friends-locked posts, so there's nothing to miss by using a feed.
Dear InsaneJournal: “it's not you, it's me”
IJ hasn't done anything wrong (and won't lose a subscription from this move; I have a permanent account), but the content and format of what I post has become less suitable for this place. When I started my first attempt at blogging, it was very much a personal journal, whereas if you look at my recent posts, there's some of that, but it's mainly technical discussion, which is what I'm most interested in writing, and probably of more interest to more people than the minutiae of my daily life, even among my friends (although if there are specific things you'd like me to write more about, speak up).
The subject matter doesn't make IJ any worse as a host than any other blog site, but I may sometimes want to do things that no free host will adequately support, such as unusual markup/embedding, AJAX, and analytics. I also want full control of things like comment moderation policy, for example: if you've logged in using an account I've friended on LJ, IJ or Facebook (or Twitter?), or you're on an additional list, then your comments won't be screened. I want the ability to tweak the site style, and integrate with the rest of my website, without faffing about with a baroque LJ-engine-specific language. I hope InsaneJournal survives for a long time yet, but I don't want to depend on their servers or on their ability to provide useful support responses. Most of all, I really don't want the user experience hijacked for enticements to create a local account instead of OpenID, or for enticements to return to the site instead of using feeds, or for advertisements of any kind.
What I'm doing about all this is setting up a blog on my own domain, where I can tweak the implementation and change hosting provider at will without any further disruption for readers. This is what I should have done when I lost patience with LiveJournal, but I didn't have the time. I've yet to determine exactly how I'm doing this; the closest existing software I've found is Zine (and I also like parts of PyBlosxom), but it will be part of my website at chris.boyle.name, it will be written in Python (I will not run PHP) and it will have at least:
- full-entry feed
- does anyone want an additional feed with just first paragraphs?
- log in (to comment) with OpenID or Facebook
- does anyone want a Twitter option?
- threaded commenting
- optional email notifications of replies to your comments
- a method for me to easily write posts and moderate comments from Android: I might implement the Wordpress API, as Zine has done