It appears readership on LJ has fallen off another plateau; my statistics from the last two weeks are down noticeably from August. Of course I must admit that my posting is down too, which might affect statistics (though I think I’m calculating them in a way that controls for my lack of posting). It’s not just me; it appears writership in general has dropped off further. Curious, I searched and dug up two recent online articles about this decline:
Exclusive: LiveJournal All but Abandons U.S. Presence (Six of ten U.S.–based employees have left since Feb. 2012.)
The Demise of a Social Media Platform: Tracking LiveJournal’s Decline (a longer look at LJ’s history. One statistical bit: only 780,000 of LJ’s 38 million accounts were updated in the month of August 2012, which is only 2 percent even including the Russian accounts, presumably.)
Perhaps related: I had been using LiveJournal Backup/Search, an independent piece of software to back up my LJ posts as XML files. But it has not worked in months due to an error of “Data sent from LJ was corrupt.” (Funny, it still downloads comments properly.)
It’s too late at night to comment further. I just wanted to throw this stuff up here so it doesn’t get lost.