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28 November 2008 @ 10:21 am
A good idea  
Hello Everyone.

I think that this is a good idea to promote LJ more in the UK.  I am from the UK and have been on LJ for about four years now (if anyone wants to add me please do).  I was just wondering if blogging was as popular in the UK as it is in, say, the USA, especially with the advent of the likes of Twitter.

Take care everyone.
dabrootsdabroots on November 28th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
I agree. Besides, Brits tend to write better.
Jackjaquez on November 28th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Haha! Loving the generalisation.
dabrootsdabroots on November 28th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
Like I say, just a tendency.
aneurin on November 28th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm from the UK and my userid is 33,192. Not bad, I guess. This dude is 3,397,624. Where has he been?

Use livejournal_uk. It's where we have been since, like, the Big Intertube Bang.
anghara13anghara13 on November 28th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Perhaps you should have advertised it better then? This is the first I've heard of a UK community. Of course I only got into LJ because some friends of mine were on here, post infrequently at best, and generally don't have much of interest happening in my life to blog about.... but I am here.
Trialia: [BSG/Mary] (green&red)trialia on November 28th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Did you even bother looking? Because I found livejournal_uk very quickly after I joined.
anghara13anghara13 on November 28th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Given the nature of some of the comments in this thread alone, why would I have wanted to? Besides which a good 99% of the people I talk to are in another community entirely and not even in the UK. *yawns* Depends on what you join for as to what you look for I guess.
Trialia: [BSG/text] next crisis? #2trialia on November 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Then why the heck are you complaining about not having been able to find it? Seems kind of a moot point to me, if that's how you feel about it.

More than half the people I talk to aren't in the same country I am, either, and on many different communities. Doesn't stop me from having the occasional question to ask people around here. *shrug*
El Estuche: Kyu 백변종czarny on November 28th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
lol you just search for the 'uk' and it comes up xD

anghara13anghara13 on November 28th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Funny how I've lived here all my life and yet, I never even contemplated looking for a UK community. I guess that's cos mostly I have very little to say and haven't had much inclination to read around a lot. I keep in touch with friends (mostly overseas) and that's about it.

Maybe I should, and maybe I will, but then again, maybe I won't.
El Estuche: Ringo アルビノczarny on November 28th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have a lot of UK friends who don't use it, mainly because they never really felt the need. For me personally it was just a case of most communities being far far too US/Canada-centric so I looked for UK communities :) For some things I guess it doesn't really matter, like fandoms etc.

But either way, it's a good community- and very useful, because you can post pretty much about anything there. Definitely recommend!
lil-miss-moomoosical on November 28th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
hehe i'm from the UK too with a userid of 3,713... I think i've been in Livejournal_uk since the day it was started by rookin!
DCradiantsoul on November 28th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
This community is likely to be much better than livejournal_uk!
lil-miss-moomoosical on November 28th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
I think it'll be a much different community altogether than livejournal_uk

Lots of UK centric content without the odd amusing (and not so amusing) posts that appear alongside the serious ones.
Allanalbowsmit on November 28th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Well if they gave us the same level of service as the US... Say... a Voice Post number that doesn't disconnect after a minute, maybe it would be more popular.
Elleexpelle on November 28th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Misery loves company. I thought this only happened to me.
Trialiatrialia on November 28th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Nope, to all of us. Anyone who's tried voice posting from here in the last year or so, to the best of my knowledge. And they still haven't bothered to get it fixed...
Allanalbowsmit on November 28th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
I even complained, and they said they're working on it. The only way to voice post is Gizmo project for LJ talk. And I'll be damned if I'm getting a smart phone just to use a service that they deliberately advertise as a perk of a paid account.
crimson_admiralcrimson_admiral on November 28th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
Hello! I'm a Russian blogger. Who cares of Voice Post when there is Skype? My friends all over the world are all on Skype.
Allanalbowsmit on November 28th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)

1) It's a feature that is deliberately advertised as what you get when you pay for Paid Account.
2) I like Voice Posting when I don't have the time to type out a full post.
3) Skype = Ebay. Ebay = Megalomaniacal, Monopolistic Ass-raeping, Wallet-reaming, Charge-skimming (delete as appropriate) giant of a company. They also own Paypal.
4) I expect to get what I pay for.
5) Gizmo has MUCH better rates for SIP to Landline and SIP to Mobile calls than Skype.
6) I'm in the UK, where bandwidth is officially a problem, and nobody wants to pay the £20-30bn bill to upgrade the cables. Gizmo uses less bandwidth than Skype, as Gizmo has a fixed usage, compared to Skype that will go as high a bitrate as it can.

Do me a favour, and don't post in here again. I'm not saying that you omgmust be in the UK to post, but when you just ignore the issue and essentially advertise a product through a comment, you obviously miss what the community is meant to be for, ie it's called lj_uk for a reason.

You're a plus user, so you get this stuff for free. You have no voice when said services are withdrawn, because it's a complementary as-is service, until you start paying for it, and it is explicitly mentioned in the benefits of the account-type.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on November 28th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Do me a favour, and don't post in here again.

Do please get a grip, that wasn't an advert, that was an alternative suggestion that is perfectly valid: I don't use Skype for similar reasons to you, but that doesn't mean I'll attack anyone else that does, let alone tell them they're not allowed to contribute opinions.

Telling people to fuck off an leave the comm isn't on, at all.
Allanalbowsmit on November 28th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
The equivalent of 'this sucks, use this' is an advertisement.

As I said, he deliberately ignored the issue that I posted in my comment, and shoved his preferred product under my e-nose. That's called word-of-mouth advertising. A constructive 'Skype is better for reason x and y' would've been replied to differently, I assure you.
Trialia: [BSG/Mary] next crisis?trialia on November 29th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
albowsmit didn't say "fuck off" - you did.

Sure looked like an advert to me, and a pretty blatant one at that.
Mat Bowlesmatgb on November 28th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
You can't really use Skype when away from your computer though, at least not with expensive equipment.

I used to voice post regularly when out and about with my nomral mobile phone, now I can't, that's the issue.
子rin - An faigh: runbow7rin on November 29th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
They're not fixing it according to the box on LJ Support, because it's not a fault with their end. LJ're waiting for the people they're playing with to fix it. :(
czol on November 28th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah. From the LJ Support page: "Voice Post calls using access numbers outside the United States may be disconnected after 60 seconds. If this happens, your Voice Post will still be posted with the default Voice Post security level (FAQ 183). This is not an issue with LiveJournal, but with a third party vendor. LiveJournal Staff are working closely with the vendor to resolve this issue in as timely a manner as possible."

Considering that message has been there over a year (I tried to make a Voice Post last October & checked Support when I encountered the problem - & fuck know how long it was there before then) I think they need to work on their definition of "timely".

Seriously LJ - if the vendor is still having problems, GET A NEW VENDOR.
Trialia: [BSG/ship] L/L not your saviourtrialia on November 28th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Heh. My LJ just turned five years old. AFAIK, yes, blogging is as popular here proportionally as it is in the USA - there are just less of us from whom to take a population sample.
Sameen Farouksameen on November 28th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Everyone loves a good moan in the UK. Blogging would take off very quickly. :)
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lil-miss-moomoosical on November 28th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Obviously the UK is physically smaller than the US, but I would say blogging is very popular here.

I have been on LJ for 8.5 years now.. during which time i've graduated uni, got married, moved 180 miles down south, had a daughter, moved back up north, had another daughter, changed jobs and met some great friends, who i would not normally have ever met due to locations.
El Estuche: Ringo 着物czarny on November 28th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
I think it's definitely popular here, although I know more people who'd blog on say MySpace or the Blogspot than on here.

Besides we've had livejournal_uk for ages now xD It's not just a UK community, it's a WIN community.
Yes, but you're fabulous.natterfly on November 28th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
It's not just a UK community, it's a WIN community.

Hee. Agreed.
curiouswombat: Grandma infinitemonkeyscuriouswombat on November 28th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
One of the things I like about LJ is the internationalism of it - I do have quite a lot of UK friends though. However I did not go out of my way to find British friends, I just looked around for friends, full stop.

Of course most younger Brits use Facebook or MySpace etc. - if you are one of the large community of middle-aged ladies, as I am, there are quite a lot of Brits on LJ - it seems to be our community of choice!
a_starfisha_starfish on November 28th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Of course most younger Brits use Facebook or MySpace etc.

There's plenty of younger Brits on here too! I'm 23 and have been using LJ since I was 19. I've met many people around my age from the UK on here! :)

Edited at 2008-11-28 08:43 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat: meek mooncuriouswombat on November 28th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I realise that there are quite a lot of young Brits around - but it does seem to me, looking at my daughter, my nieces, their friends etc. that more young Brits use Facebook than use LJ. Whereas in my generation the opposite is true. So that when a particular bunch of us from LJ met up last summer there were quite a few 50 odd year olds, but only one under 25!

At first, when I got my journal, I was worried that I would be the only over 40 around, and wondered what all the young people would think of an old woman joining in, then realised that LJ had a much larger number of over 40s than I had thought.

I actually think that the best thing about LJ is having friends worldwide between 20 and 70 (at last count - the 20 year olds were younger when we met - well so was the 70 year old and me too...!).
a_starfisha_starfish on November 29th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Maybe, I have a facebook page (I caved) but I don't understand the appeal honestly. I like LJ because it's a place to have conversations and share interests and Facebook feels to me more like a social noticeboard for the next pub crawl and a place to post pics of the drunkeness.

I actually think that the best thing about LJ is having friends worldwide between 20 and 70
Here here. :)
Trialiatrialia on November 29th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC)
No offence to your family members, but having a journal tends to take more thought. You're not more-or-less expected to make regular posts beyond one line on Facebook.

I'm 22, have been on LJ since I was 17, along with my sister (two years younger), and I know a lot of people younger than I am over here, too, though my friends tend to be older.
curiouswombatcuriouswombat on November 29th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
As I said, I know there are quite a few young Brits around, but I still think it true that, as I said, more young Brits use Facebook than use LJ.

I am sure my daughter would not be at all offended by your observation - her thought goes into her other forms of writing and she does, indeed, use her Facebook as a way of keeping in touch with her 'home friends' when in England at university and her 'uni friends' whilst at home.

Personally I would be quite happy for LJ to receive very little publicity - I rather liked it being 'by invitation' as it would have been when you joined. If there was a higher likelihood of people who I meet professionally finding my journal I would be very inclined to write less in it, even though I do not write about work.

But if people want to publicise it then they are, of course, at liberty to do so.

I wonder if they would publicise it as a 'young person's thing' and try to not mention all the older people (as 4A wanted - they were quite tetchy when a lot of the over 30s pointed out our existence!), or would they consider a better 'selling point' to be that it is intergenerational? Which, again as I said, is one of the best things about it, I think!

fenjer: garfieldfenjer on November 28th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
I just started using Lj a few months back... I tend to read the other UK community though...

There are plenty of us on here! :)

Laudanumsentience on November 28th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. Oh wow.

Seriously, there's no wonder we have a reputation for being uptight. I think a few people need to chill the fuck out and realise livejournal_uk isn't on every UK'ers friends list, and by the looks of some of these comments, it comes as no surprise.

I am a satellite, I'm out of control: angry Keane-related air drummingmissfahrenheit on November 28th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
There's a world of difference between saying I'm Not Joining Your Geographic Proximity Association Because You Are All Mental And Like Boots And Writing Angry Diatribes Against, Oh, Everything (which is fair enough) and I Am Shocked, Shocked I Say, That In The Eight Years Of LiveJournal I Have Never Been Able To Join A Geographic Proximity Association Because I Didn't Actually Bother Looking For One, though.
Laudanum: HEE!sentience on November 28th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Fucking brilliant. Hahahaha
muffinwoman88: petemuffinwoman88 on November 28th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Nevermind at least now you know.
Laudanumsentience on November 28th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Verily, I am enlightened.