Why Blogspot Just Isn't The Same

In high school (which was definitely my peak "blogging" time), I posted in a blogging community called "OpenDiary." It slowly succumbed to the demands of server operation costs and the overwhelming popularity of LiveJournal. It's since become a haven of spyware, pop-over, pop-under, pop-inside, pop-around, pop-through, and pop-next-to advertisements, banner ads, and related idiocy. At one point, however, this system was the perfect blogging spot. Because of the fact that it was a COMMUNITY.

Blogger has none of that. Jumping to a note leaver's blog in OpenDiary was as simple as clicking on the note leaver's name. Poof, you were at their blog's homepage. In blogger, the fewest number of clicks I've found is 3. It's ridiculous. You go into their profile, find their blog listing, and click on the title. It's horrible.

The layout of Blogger beats Livejournal by a long shot. Yet, it is still inferior to OpenDiary in my opinion. OD had a really nice front page you could design to your liking, followed by a list of blog entries that would update as the posts occurred. Livejournal added each new entry to the top of the page. A horrible design for people who have to catch up on blogs they haven't read - especially when the blogger likes to post long entries. The oscillatory dance of scrolling that is the result of this blog design is nauseating.

OpenDiary - all my friends were doing it. It was an addiction. Our school's proxy made it illegal. We were a hive, sharing our collective experience. Our community was a network - a collection of lenses all focused on the same stupid, teenager-y, amazing, exciting, emotional events in the lives of a group of kids. And it felt like a home.

I know I could learn web design and whatnot. I could attempt to recreate it. But I guess I don't see the point All our friends are scattered, and in this world of pressures to "grow up" - some of the wonder is lost. I dunno.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open Diary was really just a way to ridicule inferior human beings such as Elena Coleman. Remember the shit that slut used to write? Just imagine it now that she has commited tons more immoral actions, with tons more people.

July 05, 2005 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Beth said...

Still use Open Diary. Mainly because it is a nice layout! And I'm too 'technology'/websign challenged to make sense of anything else. Community? Sure. I just draw myself a little map of what's been happening, coherent or not.
Take care. loves

July 12, 2005 3:53 AM  
Anonymous madelyn. said...

Open Diary sort of died because many of us grew up, and the rest grew apart. <3

July 19, 2005 12:57 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright, who said the shit about elena coleman? Own up to it now...

January 18, 2006 1:29 PM  
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January 18, 2006 1:30 PM  

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