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Dreamwidth, The Next Live Journal?

Updated on March 26, 2011

I have been a member of LiveJournal for at least 9 years; I have a permanent account that I was fortunate enough to be able to buy when they came on sale. I enjoy being a part of that community and I read my friend's journals every day. However, a lot of people are becoming disenchanted by the service and are looking for something else.

Well, Dreamwidth may be the answer to their prayers. It is currently in beta and you can only become a member by receiving an invite code or buying an account. I have signed up just to see if it may be a worthy rival or successor. It really does not offer anything different than LiveJournal, just a change of scene.


Obviously, since it is still in beta it does not have as many bells and whistles as Live Journal does. User pictures are limited to 6 pictures right now; I'm assuming that will increase. There are also a small number of journal themes available. One thing I like is that you can import blogs or journal entries from LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, and JournalFen.

So many people have their own blogs now that services like these may be short-lived. However, I think that communities like Dreamwidth and LiveJournal have their uses still. Not everyone wants the hassle or extra work involved in maintaining a blog.

Anyway, I'm going to give Dreamwidth a try. I think I'll post some of my photographs there. I haven't really taken the time to check out the communities yet and I only have one friend; the one who sent me an invite. 


I haven't been on Dreamwidth lately. It seems that Facebook and Twitter are monopolizing more time than online journals have been. I haven't visited Live Journal that much lately either.

It seems that Live Journal is holding their own and still thriving, they now have arcade games to keep people on the site longer.

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    Laura Brown 6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

    To me an online journal is your personal story, personal opinion and is mainly written for yourself. While a blog is more like an online magazine which you write for people who share your interests.

    I've had an LJ account for years but never use it really. I like/liked Vox but they took that down. Currently I have Tumblr which I use to stash interesting finds and my personal blog where I have been known to ramble on about myself upon occasion.

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    liminal 8 years ago

    Thank you, UW! :-)

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I sent one to you liminal :) The address is

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    liminal 8 years ago

    I'd like to request one of those invite codes that you're offering, if they're still available. Nothing like trying something out yourself!

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    There really isn't that much difference. But with Live Journal you have a ready made audience and it's easier to get people to read your postings. And I find an online journal more of a personal thing, that is why my journal is friends only, while I consider my blogs to be public.

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    bobjones 8 years ago from Third Rock from the Sun

    Sorry this may be a really stupid question - how is an online journal different from a blog? Can you compare say livejournal to something like blogger or wordpress (the free version)?