I say goodbye to you with a bittersweet tone.
It’s not that I didn’t like you, Livejournal. You were extremely user-friendly. You had creative designs from which I could choose, and it was easy to post an entry. You allowed me to have “friends” and to be part of “communities,” making me feel like I was part of something larger than myself.
You’ve been a great first blog, but now it is time for me to move on. I’ve found new blogging software—WordPress.com—that will be a better fit for me.
At WordPress.com, I’ll be able to have a Web site with a more professional look, and I’ve streamlined my blog and all my various other links into a one-stop site. I can better measure statistics of my Web site traffic, and it will be easier for readers to search my blog.
So, now, as of Jan. 1, 2007, when people visit http://www.lialehrer.com, everything they need to find (including my blog, movie and book reviews, photos and examples of my writing) will be in one place.
It is my hope that my various Livejournal “friends” who read this will continue to be my friends while I’m on WordPress. Check out my blog! Leave a comment! I’ll for sure be checking up on my “friends page” of your sites. (And I’ve added many of you to my “Blogroll” on WordPress, a list of sites I visit. If you’d like to be added or removed, let me know.)
Livejournal, you’re great for teenagers. But now, as I move into the pre-professional world of journalism, I’m beginning to get serious about my humor. WordPress seems to be a more sophisticated environment for blogging, which is really just “citizen journalism.”
It’s been a great ride. Thanks for being a part of it, Livejournal.