The impetus for this was a maddening blunder as I was writing my last entry about two weeks ago. I was composing it on my iPad, and I was at least 75 percent done when I switched to another app. After coming back to LJ, the entry had vanished. Just...gone. Subsequent checking has revealed that the app does have a way to save drafts, and that I failed to employ it. But in the moment, I was sufficiently frustrated that I immediately set aside the iPad and re-started the entry on my laptop. As I was re-writing it, I took a bit of time out to search the phrase "export livejournal to wordpress." It seems that it might be easy to accomplish that task, should I find it necessary to do so in the future. I didn't want to make a hasty decision, particularly since it was an issue specific to the iPad app that led me to even consider doing this at all, and not something endemic to the LiveJournal service.
Something that is endemic to LiveJournal that leads me to consider leaving here is the unsolicited, off topic, and often gibberish comments that appear on these entries from time to time - in other words, the spam. I am quite disinclined to close anonymous commenting, as I feel that might cut off potentially informative feedback - throwing the baby out with the bath water, as it were. But at the same time, it's not pleasant to see the email come in from "LiveJournal Comment" with the subject "bag best-knockoff-designerbags.com" or something similar (that was the subject of an actual spam comment that came in a few hours ago). LiveJournal can identify such comments and sequester them from public view, but I still have to go in and remove them. And in the case of entries more than about six months ago, I also take the step of locking the affected entry. This seemed to work for a while - especially in the case of one particular post from about three years ago that was especially susceptible. But an uptick in the frequency of spam has me wondering if it's worth the trouble anymore.
I'm also cognizant of the fact that I purchased a permanent account here four and a half years ago. That means another year and a half or so until the payback period for that purchase fully elapses. (That permanent account cost $150; each twelve-month installment of a paid account costs $25.) On the other hand, that money I spent on the permanent account is a sunk cost. If I move the blog and I'm not paying for the new platform, then it seems to me it wouldn't really matter.
If I do end up moving somewhere else, I'm not sure whether I would delete the LiveJournal archive - my instincts point to leaving it intact, since a lot of posts (including this one) do contain links to other posts. Actually, I was considering briefly deleting my LiveJournal for another reason altogether - Wednesday's proposed "Internet blackout" in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act; among others, Wikipedia will be dark on the 18th. I'm skittish about removing everything I've deposited here over the last decade plus for even one day, even if LiveJournal assures me that it can be undeleted for thirty days. Instead, I'll probably just turn the page black. In the meantime, let Peter Suderman and Julian Sanchez tell you just how bad, misguided, and ultimately pointless these two bills truly are.