In Which I Complain About LiveJournal

In Which I Complain About LiveJournal

I’ve been lamenting a lot lately that I feel disconnected from the SF blogging world due to lack of time spent reading blogs. This is, sadly, the natural result of having a job that keeps me very busy. But then I thought: hey! I should use all this mobile technology I keep going on about to help me with this endeavor. I have a 45 minute commute, I have an Android phone, this should not be hard.

I spoke too soon.

Getting the journals I read via RSS are easy enough to put in my phone. I just add them to Google Reader and I have an app that automatically syncs with it. But many of my friends are on LJ, and I want to read their entries, too. And since many of them put things in locked posts, I want to read those locked posts.

Turns out, this is not easy.

I thought there would be a LiveJournal app. Nope. Well, there are many for posting to LJ, but none that I can find for reading LJ flists. Next I tried to figure out how to get my flist into Google Reader with the locked posts included. Nope. There are many hacks, workarounds, and crazy things, but many of them were blocked, thwarted, or shut down by LJ.

WTF people.

All I want is to read my friend’s LJ posts on the go so I’m not tied to a computer. What does LJ have against this? Do they want money for it? Honestly, I’d pay a couple bucks a month for the convenience. Do they want blood? My vampire boyfriend can live on a little less a month.

I’m kind of appalled that there is not a solution for this. How many years have we had the iPhone? How many years have we had Android? This is not just some damn fad, LiveJournal. I knew your fail was far and wide, but did not think it extended to this level. Ugh.

Goog thing I don’t give you money, anymore.