[LMB] The dormant lj communities?

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Thu May 24 19:27:06 BST 2012


Thank you! I was unaware of, or had forgotten, the Dreamwidth location.

> Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 12:42:45 -0400
> From: beatrice_otter at haugensgalleri.com
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: Re: [LMB] The dormant lj communities?
> 
> > I've been casually watching the Chalion-Ibra and the Bujold Community live
> > journal blogs and actually wonder why they are there? Chalion-Ibra had a
> > good idea, but hasn't been touched since January. The Bujold Community has
> > a very promising post in February about a forthcoming interview at
> > Finncon, but again, no follow-up. Can anyone throw light on this?
> >
> > Just curious,
> >
> > Pat
> 
> A couple of things.  First, just like this list, the LJ community is
> quieter when there haven't been any new books out for a while.  Second, a
> lot of the major participators in Vorkosigan fandom on LJ (Tel,
> Philomytha, etc.) are primarily on Dreamwidth these days, which is an LJ
> code fork--two former LJ employees took the open-source parts of LJ's
> code, modernized them, added in many features people have wanted for a
> while that LJ has never gotten around to, and started their own blogging
> site.  They are far more responsive to their English-speaking customer
> base, particularly the fannish segment of it, and make it easy for people
> to use both LJ and Dreamwidth.  So a lot of fandom has transferred over. 
> The main Bujold community is vorkosigan.dreamwidth.org, which is fairly
> active, though mostly with fanfic and not discussion.  But then, the
> further out from a book's publication you get, the fewer people are
> interested in discussing it, because most of them already *have* and are
> much more interested in discussing whatever *new* stuff interests them. 
> It'll perk back up when the new Ivan book is published, but given how long
> it's been since a new Vorkosigan book has come out (and the LJ/Dreamwidth
> fan communities are very Vorkosiverse-focused) and the fact that this is a
> book fandom and thus inherently less popular than a TV or movie fandom,
> I'm always impressed (and thankful!) that there is as much activity as
> there is.
> 
> Beatrice Otter
> 
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