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Dreamwidth: the positive view

If you want to help Dreamwidth grow, the best thing to do is to tell your friends about all the positive things DW has and does -- not compare it to other services out there, and not make switching to DW into some kind of moral issue or something.
--Denise, Dreamwidth News Weekly Update, yesterday.

I joined Dreamwidth a year ago, and for six months I mostly ignored it. It was too fledgling for its groovy new features to be worth much to me. I couldn't make my layout look the way I wanted, the DW code was hard to remember, my friends were mostly still here on LJ, and for ages no one was posting, reading, or commenting over there.

One day, Paypal dropped Dreamwidth under pressure from some morality-based interest group with a distaste for DW's liberal Terms of Service. Dreamwidth, rather than change their ToS, stood their ground--with considerable loss of revenue while they searched for a new payment processor. That was the day I sent them a check.

And after that I started crossposting--crossposting being one of the attractive features that DW offers. But I still read and commented primarily here on LJ because LJ still felt like home: my friends and icons and layout were here, the comms were more active, and despite a growing disparity in features, LJ still served me better.

Since then, DW has won me over completely, one cool thing at a time:
  • Cut-text expansion: click the triangle next to cut text and expand the content while remaining on your reading page. Re-contracting cut text is coming soon.
  • The weekly news update: DW is run by a few individuals who communicate what's going on with Dreamwidth in the most transparent and friendly fashion
  • Continuous improvement: DW keeps adding cool new features based on what users have asked for!
  • Commitment to diversity and accessibility: they actively seek to include everyone, and it's just easier to be a better human being in an atmosphere like that
  • Terms of service: "We will never place limitations on your free expression just because it makes someone uncomfortable"
  • Fresh new communities: it's easy to participate actively where the comms are small, new, and excited to be there.
  • Icons with multiple tags: I never knew I needed this feature till I had it!
  • Latest Things: source of several interesting new friends and discussions
  • The Vault: a comm that's rapidly becoming a replacement for the place here on LJ where I've been, um...acquiring tv shows
  • A critical mass of my old LJ friends: migration does make DW seem more like home
  • The distinction between subscription and access: I can get your public entries in my reading list even if you don't give me access to your private entries, and vice-versa--it is easy for me to read what you want me to read, and easy for you to restrict the rest without offense.
  • This: "We're building Dreamwidth for people who make things."
I now post on Dreamwidth and rarely crosspost back here to LJ, and the weaning process is complete.

LiveJournal has been my online home for a lot of years, but the transition to Dreamwidth is nearly complete. Some of LJ's fails, it's true, make it easier to say goodbye, but really, it's Dreamwidth's wonderfulness that's making it easier to say hello.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 1st, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll crosspost now and then because I forget to check DW and am not sure how to add "readers" in DW.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I'll certainly continue to make Restraint-related posts here on LJ, because a lot of people following the story aren't on DW.

To read my posts (or any other particular person's) on DW, you can either go directly to my journal, or you can subscribe to my journal by logging in at DW, hovering over the little person icon next to my username and clicking on "Subscribe".

Then, when you select "Reading Page" from the top menu, my public posts will appear. If I've given you "Access", you will also see my screened or private posts there.

I hope that helps. I found it pretty confusing at first, too.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
Ah! I see that you figured out the Subscribe thing. \o/
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Aare we still going to be notified about new chapters?
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
*stares at your icon*

Ahem! *fans self*

Yes! Absolutely! I'll crosspost everything relating to Restraint here, and on the J2 fic comms (and on Twitter--I'm not too proud to pimp) until the happy-sad day when I've announced the posting of the Epilogue.

Which really won't be too long now. :(

Thanks for checking!
Oct. 4th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Ah, I suppose that means you won't be reading over here either? I haven't started posting over there yet and between my health and school I am cutting way back on online stuff. Trying to figure out a way to keep in touch with my peeps (of which you are one) in the easiest way possible.
Oct. 4th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
I saw your Tweet about cutting back on follow-ees, and that is something I can completely understand.

I've whittled my LJ flist down to the people who don't crosspost to DW at all, and I still read them here--you're in that list, by the way, as is vampirefan and a few others of the old gang--and I expect to keep an account here indefinitely for reading and comm-membership purposes.

So the change isn't too radical. I want to keep up with you, too! ...and if you have any Merlin RPS recs, I wouldn't mind a few...
Oct. 4th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. I'm trying to figure out what to do on LJ. I think I'm going to stop watching comms right now, with a very few exceptions, and then keep most of the real people. And then when I don't feel so frantic about school I can play catch up. We'll see. I'm still weighing my options. But the reason I mostly asked is because I won't have time to do anything with Dreamwidth for at least a month, so I wanted to be sure we had a chance at keeping up on each other. So, if you're still posting a bit here and reading here, I can catch up with the DW posts when I get a chance. That's good. :-)

Anyway, natter natter natter. I'm done now. :-)
Oct. 4th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
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