I first started blogging with LJ in 2004, and in that time found it to be a fun hobby that allowed me to express opinions, keep my writing skills in practice, and share thoughts with other bloggers. Over the years, the make-up of LJ has changed dramatically, as the things it is designed to do -- be a home to blogs and serve as a online social networking tool -- are better done elsewhere. LJ as an online destination has largely been replaced by Facebook, and I think that's fine. Those who used to just come here to see what friends are up to and post short snippets of their personal lives are better served by Facebook.
For those that blog, LJ was a nice interface with "friends" pages and communities, but for me, most of those benefits have fallen off significantly. Instead, I'd like my blogging to be read, and perhaps get noticed, and Livejournal just isn't the place for that. There has been a number of blogs and bloggers to draw attention in the main stream media these days, and they all share one thing in common: none of them have Livejournals. Now, I'm not saying I'm going to be the next stuffwhitepeoplelike or anything, but I would like to give myself a decent shot at being read by more than just the few people goodly enough to friend me.
With that in mind, I have started up a new blog entitled "Critically Speaking", that you can check out here: http://andythesaint.wordpress.com/ This is where I will be doing my blogging from here on out, so if you've enjoyed reading my stuff over the years, I encourage you to check it out, and maybe even RSS me (oh, and if you're not already RSSing, you should be. Google Reader has made my internet experience roughly 200% better). In terms of new content, I've recently posted a review on Son of Rambow and a list of 18 Great Songs from Commercials. And just so you don't think this will be a one way street, I'll be RSSing the LJs of people I read who are still updating, and anyone who comments over on Critically Speaking that they're still reading me (you can comment with your livejournal account).
Wordpress has been great so far. I set the blog up on the 14th, importing blog posts from here over there (which is really easy, it even posts them with their original dates). In that two weeks, I've gotten 467 views, including a high of 90 on last Sunday (yep, I get actual stats for my blog, which was a big selling feature over LJ). It's nice to know I'm getting some attention, particularly since I just started advertising my presence. As for what this future blog will cover, expect more of the same as you would here, although I'm considering doing fewer reviews and more original list-type features (as my two most popular groups of posts so far are my Top 25 Episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and my Top 25 characters from The Wire).
So goodbye Livejournal; it's been fun, but it's time for a change.