George R. R. Martin previously has a lot of blood on his hands, as the notoriously callous assassin of everyone’s favorite Game of Thrones characters.
But on April 13, the fantasy novelist added an rare yet still distressing victim to his schedule by removing his blog from LiveJournal and therefore gutting the programme of its last-place vestiges of relevance.
Don’t worry too much, though! Martin’s Not a Blog already cleared like Jon Snow and was resurrected elsewhere, and in much the same model — save for a haircut and other superficial changes. You’ll still be getting updated information on his involvement with the Game of Thrones substantiate, develop( or paucity thereof) on The Song of Fire and Ice line, and its numerous assistant books.
“We’re moving the Not A Blog to a whole new locating! ” moderator Minion Raya wrote on the old-fashioned LiveJournal page. “So if you’re looking for the latest news from GRRM hop on over to the website and check out the brand-new Not a Blog.”
Despite Raya’s cheery tone, though, this is practically a praise to the watchers on the wall — I represent the remaining members of the LiveJournal community.
For those too young to recollect, LiveJournal began in 1999 and became a beloved dwelling for the internet’s earliest bloggers and dedicated fan parishes. It was a haven for nerdy fandom disputes, and for novelists coming their sea leg. Basically imagine Reddit, exclusively more innocent, utopian, and wholly dorkier.
But as many things on the internet are wont to do, LJ steadily developed more and more antiquated. With the rise of Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, and online media( hi — that’s us !), internet writers moved onto other scaffolds. LiveJournal had a longer shelf life outside of America, continuing popular in Russia and Singapore for some time after.
Martin was one of the last remaining LiveJournal bloggers of any sort of worldwide relevance. And he maybe did it out of adoration and respect for the historic stage that was a playground for so many successful scribes.
We need to thank him for affixing with it longer than anyone else. But like the deaths among his fictional characters, we can’t accuse Martin for eventually doing the sensible thing.
And to be clear, LiveJournal is still … live. It will likely live on as a kind of digital archive. And I suspect the acclaimed personality blog ONTD still modernizes its LiveJournal — though it has a lot more partisans on Twitter and subscribers to its RSS Feed.
But, hey, what is dead may never die, right George?
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