Apr. 15th, 2009 02:44 pm
helenic: (Default)

I'm excited about Dreamwidth, for all the reasons listed here and more. Denny has been involved with the beta phase of the site, and has been trying to get me to submit some site designs or journal themes. I'm well up for this in principle, but time is sadly the limiting factor. I'm still hoping to send something to them, but I haven't had the chance yet.

Either way, Denny has very generously let me have his first invite code. I need to use it soonish, as he can't get any more til I've signed up. I don't think I want to disembark to Dreamwidth entirely. I've got a permanent LJ account and an awful lot of history on this site. My first LJ account was created in 2001, and I've been writing in [livejournal.com profile] libellum for over six years. When I post publicly, my readership is quite impressive, particularly once people start linking my posts. It's a very useful forum if I want to say anything important.

On the other hand, I haven't used it for personal journalling for over six months now. That wasn't a deliberate decision. It was a combination of two things: lack of time, particularly once I started the Job of Doom, and then entered the current crazy career phase I'm now in, juggling five or six simultaneous work tracks per week. The other factor was the extent to which I used [livejournal.com profile] libellum as a professional blog when I was still trying to live off my art. After using it as a marketing tool, it was harder to go back to using it the way I used to.

So I'm not abandoning LJ. But I do want to support the Dreamwidth project. At the moment, it looks like it would make most sense to continue to use [livejournal.com profile] libellum as a public blog, for political debate and advertising my art and design work, and use a new Dreamwidth account for private journalling.

What I'm stuck on is username. Libellum has never been a 'nick' - it's the name of this journal, exactly as if I'd named a paper journal. Calling a new journal the same thing would be pointless. I don't really have a constant nick for use online, but the closest thing to it is helenic, which was my original idea for the Dreamwidth account. (Pun on "Hellenic" and "Helen nick", geddit?)

However, I've just discovered that helen is still available on Dreamwidth. Which would be really cool, in an early adopter sort of way. I doubt I'm going to get the chance to be Helen on many sites, so I should probably grab the opportunity. But bizarrely, helenic feels more "me". I've never been "Helen" online, mostly because it's never available but partly because I know a few Helens and I'm rarely the default one; if friends refer to me it's usually as "Helen L" or "Helen (libellum)". I don't identify with the name particularly, and I don't feel I have more right to it than any other Helens who might want Dreamwidth accounts.

This is coming out sounding far more foolish a question than it did in my head. Ah well. I put it to you, o wise flist:

[Poll #1384066]

helenic: (Default)

So I have a new Earth·Sky·Art blog (an Earth·Sky·Blog?), which is currently standing empty. What I am inclined to do is start posting all my art posts over to that, and stop posting them here (or only post friends-only versions with Sekrit Information, and stop posting public art posts here). In the run up to starting to use that blog, I have been posting more and more public art posts on this journal, so the percentage of content I'm talking about moving is currently fairly high.

The thing is that I want to stop using [livejournal.com profile] libellum for marketing/promotion. It is my personal blog and I use it socially. I by no means expect any of my friendslist to buy any of my products, and I have no intention of asking them to (although I'm happy to respond to interest, of course.) This is not a selling journal and it's not an art journal, although art is one of the things I post to it.

The thing is that I usually get several comments on art posts, and I don't want to lose that readership because feedback/flattery is one of the things that motivates me. Yes, I am vain and shallow, but I'm disappointed when I post art and no-one says anything. So stopping posting art here, where I have several hundred readers, and starting posting it on a new blog that has no readers, doesn't really make much sense.

Should I duplicate all posts, so they're here as well as on E·S·A? This doesn't really make much sense either - I'd be better off having the "Blog" link on my website come to my LJ, and then only post art-related entries publically. But sometimes I want to make other public posts, and as I said before, I don't want this to be a commercial blog, and I do want a commercial art blog somewhere.

What I'm inclined to do is syndicate the E·S·A blog and encourage anyone interested in following my art to friend the RSS feed. Does that sound like something you'd be willing to do?

I would create a poll, but I have stuff to get on with, so your responses can be FREEFORM.


May. 12th, 2005 03:11 pm
helenic: (polkadot!)

The summer months have apparently turned livejournal into some sort of virtual petting zoo. Thus far, innocently scrolling my friends page, in the last 24 hours I have been unexpectedly presented with the following:

[livejournal.com profile] evil_nick's mollusc baby octopus - cute, slimy, and strangely edible-looking.

[livejournal.com profile] _matt__'s kiiiiitten! small cat thing! so cuuuuuute! I love the way it hasn't quite worked out it needs to put all four paws on the ground. confused baby fuzzy creature! awwww!

[livejournal.com profile] edlwiess1's "camel cricket", apparently. What. The. Fuck. The carapace is quite pretty, but I totally wouldn't want to meet one in my bathroom.

Well, internets, what strange and wonderful creatures are you going to fling at me next? Which beasties will take to roaming the vast prairies of /~libellum/friends? If anyone's taking requests, I'd like more kittens, please, and golden lion tamarinds, and lesbians tigers, and penguins. And perhaps a pangolin, although they're slightly overrated (and nothing like Vestal Virgins).

helenic: (Default)

I would encourage everyone on my friends list to read this article on Iraq by [livejournal.com profile] smhwpf, and follow his links if you have time. It's clear, rational, includes a lot of information I wasn't aware of, and makes a point that should be heard by as many people as possible.

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