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Fuck Russia, and Fuck Russians

I don't need to go into detail about what's happened with Livejournal lately. It's been obvious that the site's been under a DDoS this week by Russians who hate political speech. I knew this on Monday, but finally, on Thursday, places like the BBC, the Guardian and CNN were reporting on it, usually because of the larger effect it has on Russia's political circle (was the Kremlin involved? Medveded's a blogger!); afterall, Livejournal's like fourth of fifth in terms of blogging services, and dropping rapidly with the advent of places like Tumblr. Issues with Livejournal and MySpace are only notable for the most part because of statements like "wow, they're still around?"

For me, this is just one more straw on a camel's back. I've been disillusioned with Livejournal for quite awhile now, with the sale to SUP being the deal breaker. Two things have kept me at Livejournal: 1) my friends, and 2) I'm a permanent account holder. I hate Russia - it really is an awful country, where the only rules are set by corporations and their owners - and hate the fact that a large part of my life is based out of there. If it weren't for the fact that my friends still use this place and read it - I get more readers here than I would for a post on Superbusnet - I'd have just turned it into a glorified RSS reader with permissions. I hate the company, hate the fact that they're trying SO HARD to be Facebook yet they can't bring in a decent search engine, hate Russia, hate the Livejournal power users who

The latest DDoS might be the one that does me in. See, having LJ unavailable to me isn't that big of a deal. I can always read it later, and at this point, nothing I write here is going to be of a critical nature. This is basically where I throw things at the wall to see what sticks, and to post things of a personal nature. Unfortunately, it's those things of a personal nature that keep me coming back, much more so than the fact that I once paid almost a thousand dollars, all said, for permanent accounts for myself and various friends. To me, that's a sunk cost at this point. The privacy options - especially after what happened with that douchebag from Southpeak - are still a major deal in case I need to get something off of my chest that I don't want everyone seeing. In that sense, my best option is Superbusnet, but there's a reason I post anything there to here as well: this place gets more eyeballs. I could establish Superbusnet.com as a place to read for everyone, but ultimately, that's not a good idea when I'm trying to establish a video game website that I hope pays me, and eventually the people below Aileen and I. However, I can't take security in terms of friend filters seriously at Livejournal if the place is run for, and ostensibly by, Russians. This is a country that uses massive botnet attacks as a greeting, and which is almost completely under the control of the Kremlin and by extension the Russian mafia. It's very unlikely that they'll care for the private thoughts of one American of no national consequence, but the mere fact that my "safe" data isn't really safe, at the whim of someone in fucking RUSSIA, is disconcerting.

Basically, I have three options:

1) Move my regular blogging to Superbusnet. This would be a combination of my regular writing (with an emphasis on quicker work. I have about six things in the queue right now because I think too hard on "professional" work, especially lately.

2) Use my new Tumblr. To be honest, I don't much like Tumblr. It's like Twitter and MySpace had a kid. But I'm also trying to establish Gamingbus as a brand, so I might use it to share little links that aren't worthy of posting on my site, like a link from Destructoid, or Game Politics or the like. If I have to use Tumblr as a blogging service to reach friends that are largely turning to it (like kyuusei and svz_insanity, then so be it, but it's not optimal.

3) Stick to Livejournal. I've explained already why I don't like Livejournal.

The issue is: would any of you read me anywhere else? I realise that it would be selfish for me to demand that people read me elsewhere. One of the benefits of Livejournal is that it's pretty insular. I come onto LJ and I see my friends, a group of people who I've largely grown to know and love. I'll still *read* LJ, but I have half a mind to export all of my old posts and store them somewhere where only I can read them. It would be kind of useless, however, if no one's going to read what I have to say because they don't want to put a site into Google Reader or something like that.

Therefore, I use a poll to gauge opinion.

Poll #1729177 Where my dawgs at?

Would you read my "personal" writing off of Livejournal?

Yes, I would read your work at Superbusnet
Yes, I would likely read your work if you put it on somewhere like Tumblr.
I'll continue to follow your Twitter, either via actual Twitter or via the Twitter dumps on LJ.
There's various ways of reading you, I'll find a way.
I probably either wouldn't read you off of Livejournal, or at least I wouldn't remember to.
No hard feelings, but I've already stopped "reading" you for the most part; at best, I skim.

EDIT: Crap, I didn't think of the fact that EVERYTHING hits RSS. Therefore, personal blogging notes would also hit my RSS, and that includes people outside of my inner circle.

Dreamwidth is therefore a legitimate option.


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Apr. 12th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I've got the RSS for Superbusnet on my Google homepage, so I'll see any updates as soon as the feed updates.

It is a good thing that I post absolutely nothing of note on LJ, since if I posted anything of vague importance, I would be concerned about its security being compromised. The worst Russia could find to do to me is yell at me for porn (not even CP, so I doubt anyone cares) or tell my job about my bitching. I don't think they care about a bitty little cafe... XD But I can see where it would be a concern for you, certainly, if you're trying to start up a business.

Dammit, Bus, I wanted ticky boxes so I could check EVERYTHING like a stalker!

Edited at 2011-04-12 04:07 am (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
Honestly, I wish there was a new alternative to livejournal that was widely adopted...
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
"Widely adopted" is the hard one. Dreamwidth has been doing some awesome things to update the source code and I really like the transparency of their business model, but hardly anybody has moved over there -- I'm as guilty as anyone else of that, but I'd probably be up for making it my primarily blogging site in a heartbeat if the community weren't so tiny. Of course, when everybody follows that exact thought process, then everybody just ends up staying put.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
That's exactly my sentiments.
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
It should be noted that at no point did Dreamwidth come into my head as an option, despite me having one (then again, I haven't logged in in forever, and really only have my DW because I wanted to make sure I grabbed the "Superbus" name before some asshole Frenchie did. Had that situation with Tumblr, someone took "Superbus" to advertise one DVD for the rock group. That's *IT*).

Dreamwidth's problems do seem circular. I could have forced more integration if I'd have left Livejournal for Dreamwidth, theoretically, when I was running FESS, but I don't have that kind of pull anymore. XD Now? It's an option, but not one I'll take seriously, especially since I'd be starting over from scratch there as a free user.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:12 am (UTC)
My problem, I think, is that the less I find a site facilitates good response and interaction to posting, the less likely I am to read it. Most off-LJ blogs, I really dislike how comments are set up, and I'm more prone to not think about looking at them. It's also the thing that's kept me from adopting some social networks -- I don't have a tumblr because I dislike how commenting is set up, and I left twitter primarily because I find it to be really annoying to try to follow a single thread of conversation.

So...it depends, for me. I like reading your stuff and I'd be inclined to at least try to remember to check you out elsewhere, but the less I like a setup for responding and discussing, the less likely I am to hit up a site on a regular basis. :|a
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
I use Wordpress, which is set up pretty much exactly like Livejournal, with the exception that there might not be as many comment threads (IE: You might have to go @whoever, if you want to post to them, but I'm not 100% sure. I might just need a plugin for that). I require signups, mainly to keep the spam out, but the only issue I forsee is Askimet teething issues (Askimet is my anti-spam programme), but those can be addressed. I just don't know how I would handle a multi-thread comment because I don't get a lot of those whenever I write anything there. Granted, what I would write there is professional quality typically (which explains the lack of updates, especially since my confidence is shot lately), but it's not a problem I've had, which is basically why I've stuck with LJ in the first place.
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Honestly, I wish there was a new alternative to livejournal that was widely adopted...
Apr. 12th, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)
I've got you on Twitter, so I'll just make it a point to follow Twitter more often.

Edited at 2011-04-12 05:07 am (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
I have superbusnet as a feed on my livejournal so it's basically exactly the same. :P
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
That is another option! I forgot about that thing and the twelve subscribers it has.
Apr. 12th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
I have to be totally honest. I might read you on Superbusnet if I remembered to check it often enough, but as you already know, I don't like Twitter so I don't follow you there (or even really follow the compilation entries you send over here each day), and I loath Tumblr. I think it's retarded and I can't figure out why everyone is moving over there when it appears to lack certain basic functions of modern blogging, like commenting, etc. I have one, I tried it, I don't like it.

Basically, I share your sentiments about LJ--especially this weekend when the site was in and out and I had to have something posted by midnight--but I'm too heavily involved in the communities around here and too attached to my own journal to bother relocating. And as someone above me mentioned, LJ really does have the best model for commenting, and also the best model for presenting content from friends/etc. in my book.
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
I marked Superbusnet but actually if a bunch of us moved to Tumblr that would be cool.

Why the fuck are we still using LJ
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Because tumblr is for hipsters.
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Apr. 13th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Someone in the comments mentioned that there's a feed for Superbusnet, so I'll just add that to my FL. As for Dreamwidth, I've got an account there I'm slowly setting up in my spare time, so if you head there, I'll follow you there, too.
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