Pirate Dreams

Moving Home

I'm sorry to announce that I'm leaving LiveJournal.

It's something I've felt increasing pressure to do and have been mulling over for some time. LJ simply does not have the functionality I need. Everything is made laborious and unnecessarily cumbersome. Even dealing with the mass amounts of spam I'm receiving (some posts have over 100 spam comments) is the most ridiculous process. It doesn't support a huge amount of features and is incompatible with embedding just about everything. It's difficult and unintuitive for readers who aren't LJ members to use and follow along. LJ get to profit off the traffic I am driving to my blog, but don't allow me to monetise my own hard work.

All this I've looked past due to the fact that LJ is my home and has been under various accounts since 2005. But back then, LJ was a thriving community with staff who cared about its customers. It was a promising, functional site. These days, every time I see an update on LJ's Facebook page it's to apologise for more service downtime. Admittedly, my time working with LJ Media last year has soured my taste for the company. LJ appear determined to focus on their Russian market, giving minimal attention to the 'American' market. They don't even bother to update the features and polls on their own home page any more.

I've been defending LJ against its detractors as its reputation plummeted. I kept telling myself it would sort its shit out. That it would be like the old days again.

LJ is fine for social networking. But as a blogging host it's simply not good enough. I need something that's going to be reliable, not be down every week when I'm trying to update ro someone is trying to grab a recipe of mine. I don't want to leave, but if I want to give my blog the opportunity to grow into something beyond what it is then I have to make the jump. I feel like it has to be now or never.

So I want to take the time to thank those of you who've stuck by LJ and stuck by me over the last 3 years. I'm sorry to be abandoning you amazing, loyal people who always read every post and comment and tell me excitedly when you've made something and it's worked out. You guys have made this journey fun.

My blog will now be hosted at cakecrumbs.me if you wish to find me.

I'm not deleting this LJ but it won't receive any new content. My Facebook, deviantART, Tumblr and Twitter will keep giving updates as they always have been.

Comments

I assumed you had your own blog and updated Lj as well not as your only tool. I don't blame you for leaving although I'll miss the beautiful entries. Will you stay involved with bakebakebake?
I'll definitely stick around for BBB. I feel like communities are the only thing worth doing on LJ these days. I really need to make the time to be more involved with it though, I've been terrible lately.
I like writing personal entries but 80% of my interaction is on comms. That's the one thing Lj still excels at because dispite the middle finger we get from the Head Honchos as non Russian users its the people that make them.
Agreed! I haven't seen any place do community blogs better than here -- probably more a testament to the people running and participating in the comms than anything else.

It's still fine for a personal journaling (though that's another thing I have to get better at updating oop) though most of my friends who used to read along have long since moved on to Facebook.
I'll definitely be following you on some other site. I'd miss your recipes too much!! I definitely understand where you're coming from. I haven't posted anything in ages.
It's sad. It used to be such an incredible place!
Oh that's a shame, but on to bigger & better things! Will you be uploading any of your older recipes to the new site? I think I may have pinned some of your recipes on Pinterest & can change the links to your new site.
Yep! Thankfully wordpress allowed me to import the entire blog in a matter of minutes so all the old recipes are there, minus a few really terrible ones from the start that look terrible haha.

Unfortunately, Wordpress also imported all the spam comments along with it. I think I spent 2 hours just deleting all the spam. :/
Sad to see you go but will be following you on tumblr from henceforth so all is not lost! Keep creating your amazing cakes and pastries!
Thanks for your kind words and continued support. ♥ I feel terrible for going!
I'll definitely miss you on LJ! But I understand your reasons for leaving. I have messaged you on Facebook, asking to be your Facebook friend, too, if that's alright (the message went into your "other" folder). I really love your creations! They are beautiful and inspiring. :)
I have followed you on Facebook and Twitter. I absolutely love your updates on food. Always impressed with your culinary skills. :)