amari_z: (brain)
In case anyone who’s interested doesn't know about this: There is a way to upload all your LJ posts to another LJ-type site without doing it manually. I used a program called LJ-Sec, which can be found here.

I'd previously been using this program as a handy way to adjust the security settings of posts in bulk, but it turns out it can also be used to upload your posts to another journal. The instructions are in the help table of contents, where there's a link to "Reposting entries to another journal." It's pretty straight forward once you see how it works.

I only tried a few posts at first, to see if I had the setup correct, and I'd recommend doing that as a test. That way, if something doesn't work out, you don't have to delete everything (although there is a way to bulk delete in the program as well).

It won’t transfer your tags or your comments. I suppose it might get your correct user picture if you first uploaded the pics to your alternative journal using the same keywords, but I’m far too lazy to do that, so I don’t really know. It will transfer your security settings, but I don’t know how well it does with custom filters. I didn’t have any filters set up when I did the transfer, and while I retroactively set up some of the filters, I don’t have anyway to see if they worked. If anyone friend-ed on both my lj and gj cares to check to see if they can read the same filtered posts in both journals, I’d be interested in hearing about it.

I can't claim to have figured this all out on my own--someone, somewhere had posted that LJ-Sec could upload to an alternative journal, which made me check it out, but I can't remember where I got the info from.

So, yes, anyone who was thinking I uploaded all those posts by hand--ha! Like I have the patience for that.
amari_z: (entourage)
I don't really have anything I feel like saying about the new stupidities of the people who run LJ, but, as a back up/alternative, I now have a greatestjournal account under the same user name, here. I’ve uploaded all of my lj entries there, so the posts, if not the comments, should all be available.

Personally, I’m not particularly worried about getting deleted on lj, and the alternative journal was done more in the interest of seeing if I could figure out how to upload all my entries to another journal site (yes, although if anyone knows a way to transfer the comments and/or tags as well, do let me know). I’m not really planning to go anywhere right now--I’ve a permanent account, so it’s not a matter of continuing to shell out money to the dithering idiots who run LJ. LJ will continue to be my “primary“ journal.

But any of you who are on greatestjournal are more than welcome to friend me there, and to make any comments there if that’s your preference. If I see that any of you have accounts there, I’ll be sure to friend you as well. Until further notice, I will try to crosspost on both journals, although I can’t promise I’ll always manage to synchronize the greatestjournal account with complete promptness.

A couple caveats:

  • While I did manage to upload my journal entries on greatestjournal, the links to other livejournals in those entries will not work, since they’ll have been loaded as a link to a greatestjournal rather than an lj account--just substitute “livejournal“ for “greatestjournal“ in the link and that should do it. Links to any of my own previous entries will lead to the entry, but to the entry on lj, not gj.


  • There are no tags or memories. If I ever end up making that my primary journal, I’ll try to go back and at least tag the fic, but, for now, if you’re looking for any of my fic (or anything else), you’ll have a far easier time using the lj account with its tags and memories.


  • I think the security settings should be working. If you friend the gj account, after I friend you back, you should be able to see the filtered posts you were able to see on lj. If it doesn’t work for someone, let me know.


I know some people have chosen their alternative journal as insanejournal, but, for now, I don’t have an account there--I don’t think I can manage to do triplicate posts. But I chose greatestjournal pretty much at random--if anyone has a reason why they feel insane journal (or something else) is better, I’d be interested in hearing it.

Anyway, it’ll be no frills for now, but it’s up and is an alternative. We’ll see how it goes.

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