Migrating

Well, the blog lives here now. What was formerly the Little Brown LiveJournal will from now on be updated on WordPress in whatever colors I end up making this. I still haven’t decided.

Like is typical of me, I start out on a project and never finish it and only go back to working on it when I absolutely have to and then obsess over it, until I’m not. Time passes and then repeat. That’s been the way with my Web site. Work obsessively and then get distracted and stop. Then a possible job opportunity comes up and I’m back to obsessing.

When I moved over to Inmotion hosting from IX Webhosting which I’d had since I graduated, it came with a WordPress option. I had seen things over the years and been asked occasionally if I knew how to import to WordPress from another blog platform. Now I need this feature.

Through all my Googling, I’ve found that pretty much every blog platform can be relatively easy to export/import to WordPress. Except Livejournal. They were the OG. And like the innovators of things (Sega?) they get outdone and become obsolete. Even more inconvenient, seems like LJ hasn’t updated anything in years and the beta export tool they made forever ago doesn’t work. As some have said, LJ is holding all our teenage/early 20s angsty musings hostage.

If I’m going to move my posts over, it’ll have to be manually and not include any comments made.

I minded this initially but after I moved the first couple, I kinda got into it. It’s getting me to look at these posts I had forgotten.

I started a LJ back in 2004 after friends and friends of friends from college kept asking me to. This would be our way of telling each other in detail every random thing we formerly would talk about, but now we were all separated. This is before Facebook was a thing. Previous to LJ, we had our Quotebooks that we were slowly starting to not keep up with. As I’m looking back on some posts I really did use it as a Twitter before Twitter. I’d add a post just to say I was annoyed with someone on the T or just a few-word gripe about my mother.

Then social media picked up and LJ wasn’t needed so much except when I had something long to say. So it kinda fizzled out. And I guess that’s what happened to everyone’s, which is resulting in my tedious copy/pasting of the happenings of my life that seem so long ago but yet not.

I think the last time I got all nostalgic on LJ was when I had been on it for 10 years and I was recounting what had changed in those 10 years. I think that was like 5+ years ago. Or maybe it was when I turned 30 and was recounting the previous 10 years before that. Whatever. It was 10 something.

So yeah, this is a pain, but it’s kinda interesting. And sad. Seeing comments and stories from/about friends that are long gone literally and figuratively. Some I totally forgot about or still can’t remember who they are past their LJ handle.

A few words into any given post and it’s like I’m beamed back into that moment. Heard something on the radio about how when you hear a song or smell something that triggers a memory, for an instant, the chemicals in your brain put you right back into that moment, emotions and all. You feel exactly how you felt. Just for an instant. Makes sense.

Anyway that’s what up. I’m realizing that if LJ eventually craps the bed (and I’m really surprised it hasn’t already) 15+ years of stories are going to be gone and that would be a huge shame, especially now that I’m reading some of them and looking at them with middle-aged eyes and seeing some charm to them. So here I go, one-by-one moving all my posts over to here before I kill the LJ. And throw a new post in here and there when I feel the need to comment on past happenings. Or if I get another squirrel in my room.

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