So I’ve been thinking about my future journal journey off and on lately and what direction to take it in. The journal at LiveJournal has been “friends only” to a select audience for many years now. In fact, it’ll soon be 20 years since I became a blogger and I guess I ought to throw a party to mark the event, lol. That is a thought for another time, though. For now, I am pondering how the experience is going to present itself going forwards.
Anyway, I’ve decided to embark on somewhat of a blogging experiment. A friend imported all of my past blog posts over onto an account I have at WordPress and so I am going to be cross posting my future entries to both places. The biggest change in dynamics of me going down this route is it means that I will be giving it a go of making my journal public, rather than “locked”. I feel as though it requires a sense of bravery on my part to open up my thoughts to the world to be critics but on the other hand, will the result be me self filtering things and not being AS open in the way I have shared myself here? We’ll see what happens and as I say, it’s an experiment of sorts. LJ posts will continue to be locked as they are now, by the way.
Other than keeping up with a couple of friends who post on WordPress and not here really, I do see a few advantages of trying this out going forwards. Cross posting allows me to dip my virtual toes into a wider pool of people in a wider community and maybe meet new blogging friends I wouldn’t have otherwise within LJ. Not only that, it could be useful as a way to share some of my posts with close friends away from blogging who might feel they can keep up with my ramblings easier over a public blog link over having to create an account or log in somewhere. Or maybe I can write up an event and just share the link with friends and family. So many possibilities. Additionally, a back up of my journal is useful overall. Just to make it clear, I am NOT leaving LiveJournal, just am going to WordPress my words, too. And I hope to soon link my spare domain name with it, also.
So here’s to a new chapter of sharing my story, thoughts, observations, dreams and goals.