LiveJournal: We know drama.LiveJournal
is an online journal hosting site. LJ's English-language content tends to be more diary-like than other blogging sites, and as such it has a reputation for being frequented by whiny teenagers. Its format is user-friendly and highly customizable, offering multiple user pics, mood settings, and journal layouts.
The site is also greatly used by fanfiction writers, possibly due to the comments section, which makes each entry something like a miniature forum. As such, LJ is home to many communities, which discuss everything from knitting to politics. Mainly, though, it's fanfiction. A lot of fanfiction. LiveJournal seems to specialize in writing communities, of which it has hundreds, most of them fanfiction. Roleplaying
communities were also popular (most have since moved to a spinoff, Dreamwidth), all of them basically fanfiction.
LJ's popularity has dwindled through the early 2010's, with the advent of first MySpace
, then Facebook
, and then Tumblr
, which attracted a lot of the slash fangirls who previously used Livejournal. It also garnered a reputation for banning journals because of "objectionable content"
(particularly Strikethrough '07
) which violates the Terms of Service; this is called TOS'ing. LiveJournal has TOS'd some of its most popular journals, like Fandom_Wank and scans_daily. They're real TOSsers
. Major changes to the site interface in December '11 drove many fandom users, particularly roleplayers, off the site as well.
LJ's journal system is open source, so a lot of clones have sprung up over the years, and (in some cases) subsequently perished; survivors include InsaneJournal
. Since its founding, JournalFen has been a haven for Fandom_Wank
, which exists largely to point out LiveJournal drama. Scans_daily has moved to InsaneJournal
and has also moved to Dreamwidth
LJ is also, for unclear reasons, the most popular host
bloggers, to the point where the Russian term for blogging is derived from the Russian name
of LiveJournal. A Russian company now owns the site, a number of high-profile Russian politicians maintain LJs, Russian authors used LJ to publish excerpts or teasers for their new books, and it's even been theorized that the DDoS attacks on the site in April 2011 were caused by the Russian government in order to silence a critical blogger. The Russian content on LJ is a lot more like the rest of the English language blogosphere, and rarely interacts with the English-speaking side of LJ (aside from the occasional Russian spam comment on an English-language journal).
See also: Journal Roleplay
— This particular style of roleplay started on LiveJournal.