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Aug. 7th, 2017 @ 07:58 pm Migrating away from LJ
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I’ve been following along with the #rpgaday questions, and linking the posts in my ‘gaming’ Twitter account. At work, I clicked on the link in that post to check something, and it opened in a browser without an ad blocker and where I am not logged in on LiveJournal.

What I saw, shocked me: advertisements and more than 50 trackers (as determined by Ghostery) on the single page! And mind you: I have a permanent account. But the way things are, I can’t in good conscience link to an entry on my LJ because of this — I don’t wish to inflict this on my visitors.


I decided I would migrate to a WordPress installation on my own domain — but I wanted to take ‘all’ of my content with me, to keep a continuous stream of my posts in a single place. In order to do that, I used ljdump to download all my entries in an XML format, and then used a Python script to transform those XMLs into a PHP file that programatically creates the entries by using WordPress functions. User icon, mood and music were set as ‘meta fields’, and I’ve created my own child theme to display that information in the entry. Now I have something that’s pretty close to LJ — except now I have full control over it!


I’ll be cross-posting (and if everything goes well, then this entry will be the first to be cross-posted), so you do not have to adjust your settings to keep reading my entries. Still, I’m kind of sad that it had to come to this, after 14 years.

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From:luna_puella
Date:August 8th, 2017 07:31 am (UTC)
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The decline of LJ makes me sad too. I've moved my initial posts to DW, but so few of my friends have made the same move, that I'm still mostly reading my LJ friendslist.

What's the url of your new blog?
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From:fub
Date:August 8th, 2017 07:39 am (UTC)
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I think I'll be reading my LJ friendslist for a long time to come too -- I've been using LJ as my RSS aggregator, and it's just too damn convenient. So it's not like I will completely disappear from LJ, and with the cross-posting, it's as if I never left if you just keep reading your friendslist. But the big difference, to me, is that I now also have a place where I can point people towards if they are interested in (a specific part of) my content, without saddling them with ads and trackers and whatnot.

I've set up shop here. I really like how it turned out.
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From:resonant
Date:August 8th, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
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I wonder how much of the internet's traffic is taken up by non-content ads and trackers.
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From:fub
Date:August 8th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
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In 2013, about 70% of all e-mail was spam. If someone were to tell me that today, 70% of all content requests are ads or trackers, I would believe them.
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