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“Situation: There are 14 competing blog platforms….” September 22, 2016

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom.
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It’s been a long time since I was really satisfied with a social blogging site.

WordPress blogs are powerhouses of crossposting and have great features like tagging and scheduling, but still manage to feel like little disconnected islands. Dreamwidth is better at community, and I love having icons, but lots of its capabilities are limited, and some of the ones we were promised at launch (including queueing!) still haven’t showed up. Tumblr queues are wonderful things, the image hosting is unmatched, and it’s incredibly easy to find content for a given fandom or interest, but it leaves out basic things like comment threading. Also, the total undifferentiation means the only way to avoid spammers/haters/wankers is by playing constant Whack-A-Mole.

Deviantart has amazing features for art hosting/queueing/sharing, but the interest in general blogging is low, and only logged-in users can comment. Facebook is only good for really short content; Twitter, even shorter. I could use no-patron-threshold posts on Patreon to share things, but that’s an audience I really don’t want to annoy with “not the content I came here for” type posts, because when they leave, their money goes with them.

For years now I’ve been mostly double-posting on Dreamwidth and WordPress. It would be nice to consolidate, but neither one seems likely to develop the features that I rely on the other to have.

(And some posts get slapped down onto other sites when it seems appropriate. Like playing a demented game of Blog Twister.)

So.

People on FFA have been talking about Imzy for months now. Saying it grabs some of the best parts of Dreamwidth and some of the best parts of Tumblr, and strikes a nice balance.

I finally caved and checked it out.

Good points: post scheduling! Image hosting! Neat features like being able to mark posts for having spoilers, and tip users for individual posts (without making a Patreon-style commitment). Posts can be commented on, liked, and/or shared as links.

Content is grouped into communities, DW-style, but the site has more emphasis on connecting you with them, making it feel like a less-anarchist Tumblr. I’ve already gotten into more interesting fandom conversations there in the past week than on DW (minus FFA) and WordPress combined in months.

Bad points: crossposting for other sites is nonexistent, Imzy’s version of personal blogs are just communities awkwardly crammed into a mold they weren’t designed for, and the whole thing is currently only visible to logged-in users. You can’t use the site as a platform to display things to the world in general.

So it’s not going to displace any of my other fandom home bases any time soon. But it’s a nice place to socialize, and there’s a chance it might develop the features that would let it supplant either my WordPress or DW blog.

For now Imzy is in invite-only beta. Anyone who wants to try it, grab a code:
https://www.imzy.com/?code=HMLMLD
https://www.imzy.com/?code=EELIVH
https://www.imzy.com/?code=XEIXTR
https://www.imzy.com/?code=ZRPJMY
https://www.imzy.com/?code=ETWRAP

And you can find me at @erinptah.

(Apologies to xkcd.)

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