March 22nd, 2016

LJ in the UK

LJ is taking its first official steps in the UK today. Of course, LiveJournal has thousands of UK users but this is the first time we've developed a specific project for the local market. That is why we are so excited to be working with The Independent newspaper and their website. We are starting this project with some simple blogs and communities; over the next few weeks we will be adding on more features. We're rather proud that a newspaper as well respected as The Independent has decided to incorporate LJ as its blogging and community platform.

We're very excited today to launch this community in conjunction with Independent Minds, our new partnership with The Independent. Independent Minds is the new home for blogs from Independent journalists, where they write about everything from the stories they're working on to musings on Gordon Ramsay or Russell Brand. You can comment, ask questions, and hear directly from the journalists. Even better, you can also create your own blog on Independent Minds and contribute to the debate and discussion. Get the full scoop on Independent Minds and future plans for the LJ/Independent partnership here.

The exciting part for us is working out how best to engage the existing LiveJournal userbase with The Independent's communities, content and articles, a process we'll be starting over the next few months. In the meantime, we would love to hear more from you about how best we can develop LJ in the UK. As you might know, we've been developing specific services for our Russian audience for many years, and in recent weeks we've also begun some projects in India—we'd love to know what you think we should be doing in Britain. So, if you have ideas, please jot them down below. Perhaps you want to help us moderate some partner communities, or want to suggest other organisations like The Independent who might be interested in working with us. Let us know what you think.

This is just the beginning of the process, get in touch and help us get the ball rolling.

From long ago.

I think we need to concede that the ball has very much stopped rolling.