Another old-time blogging site is gone. And I know Xanga isn’t gone, but it feels like it. Xanga just isn’t the same anymore.
Anyway, Open Diary launched in 1998 and was created by Bruce Ableson and has been considered the first blogging community.
I wasn’t a user of Open Diary as long as I was of Xanga. I only started a blog on Open Diary in 2010, I believe and it was just to try it out. I found that Open Diary felt the most like Xanga, it had that community feel that us Xangans love so much.
When the Xanga Team first announced their plans to shut down or go to pay to blog, my original plans were to begin my blogging on Open Diary once Xanga shut down or started to require payment to blog.
Many people from Xanga came to WordPress and I already had a blog on here that I used some, mainly to blog about things I felt I could no longer share on Xanga. So, I decided to begin blogging here regularly, both as a new start and because a lot of people I read on Xanga came here and I wanted to continue to read their posts.
I found out that my decisions to blog on WordPress regularly was a good thing. Open Diary shut down on February 7th and I only learned so after the fact. There was no e-mail or anything. The only users that knew about it were the ones that signed in on a regular basis. I didn’t log in all that often on Open Diary, but I did visit maybe once a month. Sometimes more often, sometimes less often. I still visited though and wrote posts on there sometimes. And because of never being notified by e-mail, I didn’t get to download my blog entries on there.
The creator announced in late January Open Diary was shutting down. He told the users they had 2 weeks to download their entries. 10 days later the website was shut down. So, I, among other users, visited the website and found it was gone.
It makes me sad because I did like Open Diary, it was one of the old-time blog sites still around and it was shut down just like that. And Xanga while still around, just isn’t Xanga anymore.
But at least I decided not to blog on Open Diary on a regular basis after Xanga switched to pay to blog. If I did, I would have ended up having to find another blogging home anyway. I’m glad to be on WordPress, but it’s sad to see Open Diary is gone and that Xanga isn’t what it once was.
Did you know Open Diary shut down? Do you miss the old Xanga? Are there any websites you liked, but have shut down?