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Julia at Sisyphus Shrugged is now posting at Fire Dog Lake, perhaps to escape the recent takeover of LiveJournal by buddies of Vladimir Putin. Livejournal is popular in Russia and owning it is an effective way of keeping track of bloggers without being obvious.

Tom at Tbogg has moved to Fire Dog Lake as well, with a separate main page.

Fire Dog Lake itself has a new look. I can’t say that I would have ever decided that advertisements with an RSS feed was a winner, but I wish them well.

I’ll leave the links up on the blogroll, but it’s too much of a PITA to visit and make multiple clicks to read anything. YMMV


1 julia { 12.05.07 at 9:47 pm }

Not really. They asked.

I’ve had a trying year, and mostly posting has gone by the wayside until things (pleasepleaseplease) settle down, but once or twice a week I can manage.

2 Bryan { 12.05.07 at 10:10 pm }

I wondered if you were aware that the Russians had bought LJ from 6Apart. I noticed that you had gone way down on posts, but no one is required to blog, it should be fun. When it isn’t you quit.

The new format is too time consuming for me. I hit blogs when I’m waiting for changes to programs to compile, so I do it in short takes.

3 Fallenmonk { 12.06.07 at 6:18 am }

I am not to keen on the new format. Like you Bryan I blog in spurts while I am working. For the last 10 weeks or so I have been mentoring a new business architect while he does the business definition with the client so I sit off to the side and only interrupt when he hits a tough spot or has a question or issue he can’t work through. I have to pay attention but I can blog and do that at the same time.
I will still hit the site regularly because I like the content and writers I find there but it is slower.

4 Bryan { 12.06.07 at 1:13 pm }

I like some of the writers and some of the topics, but the “blurbs” aren’t long enough to tell me if a click and wait are worth it.

5 Michael { 12.07.07 at 11:49 am }

I’m with you, Bryan. Wonder what prompted Tom to make the change.

6 Bryan { 12.07.07 at 1:26 pm }

I think he knows Jane, they are both on the left coast and may run into each other at gatherings. It is nice to have someone else take care of all of the “busy work” and moderation of a blog unless you’re into the geek side.

It would seem that Jane is building towards a Kos or Huffington model, and that’s understandable. FDL must incur some serious hosting charges and needs a revenue stream.

7 hipparchia { 12.07.07 at 10:40 pm }

It would seem that Jane is building towards a Kos or Huffington model, and that’s understandable. FDL must incur some serious hosting charges and needs a revenue stream.

that seems reasonable. my first reaction was that the new fdl looks like a more inviting huffpo.

i like the short blurbs. i like having several posts to choose from without having to scroll down the page, and i’ve almost always chosen which ones to read based on the author and the headline anyway, so even the blurbs are mostly superfluous [for me].

8 Bryan { 12.07.07 at 11:07 pm }

My DSL is not always up to specs, and their server isn’t very responsive, so click throughs are annoying. I have started using the “more” feature here simply because I’ve gotten more verbose, and too many things were scrolling off the front page. I could lengthen the page, but some people are still on dial-up and I don’t want them to wait forever for it to load.

It works for some people and not for others. There are always compromises.