Dreamwidth anyone?

A few months ago I found out about this new blogging platform Dreamwidth and was intrigued to investigate it.
100 years ago I had a LiveJournal account, but that was when I first started exploring this new Internet thing and as the n00b I was I never really managed to figure out how to use it or modify it to my liking. I started learning HTML and began building my own websites instead. :P

Dreamwidth is by invite only, but I managed to get hold of one and made an account – and to my own surprise I’ve actually been using it too!

I like having a free and simple place to post, a place that is as private as I want it to be and where I’m free to post just about anything without a care in the world.
Now, of course I could make password-protected posts here, but I don’t want to. I don’t like seeing password posts on blogs and I don’t want my visitors to be slapped in the face with them either. I could also make protected posts at my Swedish blog, but since many friends and co-workers and such are lurking around there they would only start pestering me with questions.
Also, since I don’t want to scare my visitors away any more than necessary I don’t want to write just anything here. A DW is perfect for those random boring stuff that nobody cares about but me. Like those silly memes I love doing, random photos and videos, memories and dreams etc. Sometimes you just want to write things down, you know? Just for me, not for anybody else’s amusement. It’s like my online sanctuary, I just discovered how nice it is to have one. :)

My old LJ is still around, I remember my old username and password so I could use it, but I think I won’t. I’m very happy with my DW account.

Why Dreamwidth and not LJ?

  1. No ads. This is a huge plus for me. Most free blogging services come with an enormous set of ads, including LJ. DW on the other hand doesn’t have any ads anywhere. Me like!
  2. It’s new and fresh. On LJ there are millions of old dead accounts and communities dating back to when the site first opened *coughminecough*.
  3. Every single time I’ve found out that someone has stolen my graphics/pixels/etc it has been some kid on LJ, so for me LJ = a bunch of clueless brats. Of course nothing says that DW won’t house thieves too, and there are lots of nice people on LJ, but I’m still a little put off I’m afraid.
  4. I think it’s pretty, much more so than LJ. Just the fact that it’s red and pink did it for me *lol*

Is anyone else using it?

I’m Gabonica over there, feel free to add me if you know me from somewhere around the net. And I have 2 invite codes if anyone wants them :)


  1. 14 August 2009

    Never heard of it, but will check it out.

    I had a LJ back in the day, it was kinda hard to figure out how to give special setting and such. I don’t even think much improvements have been made since then though.

    Even though its wrong I’m not surprised that anyone would steal your pretty graphics. ;) You have a nice site.

  2. 15 August 2009

    I have an account at DW, I’ve just never really used it, unfortunately. I can’t think of what to do with it! XD I guess I’m just so attached to my livejournal (been using it for years), that I can’t bring myself to switch over. In theory though, DW is fantastic! I’m just more an LJ kind of girl. ;)

  3. 16 August 2009

    I’ve never heard of that site before but it sounds good. I don’t really have a need for another blog though. I have a old fashioned paper journal which I fill with everything I don’t want the entire world to be able to read.

  4. 16 August 2009

    Yep, I am amarantine & we are friends. I am working on getting cross posting working & I like it for the same reasons you do.

  5. 17 August 2009

    Ooh, that’s awesome Karin!! I had an LJ way back in the day too… XD Now I just use it for promoting my webcomic, lol! This Dreamwidth thing looks very intriguing indeed though~! :crazy:

    I might just hafta look into it. At the very least, for having yet *another* means to advertise! :yay:

    tee hee <3 =]

  6. 19 August 2009

    That is great that you really like it. I made an account but I don’t use it. I think I was just excited about this ‘hot new thing’ then decided to do other things instead, whoops. :heart:

    I am glad you liked the giraffe! I am not the greatest at making pixels but you learn more all the time as you keep playing with them. :D

  7. 21 August 2009

    wow.. thanks for sharing, I actually just joined livejournal, they have a lot of ads so maybe I will try gabonica :D
    thanks ^^

  8. 21 August 2009

    I’ve been on DW since April, and I’ve been crossposting from DW to LJ, but it is still somewhat dead. I made friends on Dreamwidth, but the users in DW aren’t as active as the users in LJ.

    Dreamwidth is an awesome platform, I just wish it was more active. But hopefully, that time will come soon.

  9. 23 August 2009

    I don’t think ‘ve heard of this site, I had a few LJ accounts for the same purpose you have this new site.. but I am still to paranoid to write thing that are to personal..

  10. 24 August 2009

    I still have my two LJ accounts, and I only keep them on the off chance that I get a faker on the site. =/ I mostly stick to my personal blog, since I have no problem being brutally honest on there. haha. ;)

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