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26 July 2016 @ 11:49 pm
LJ vs AO3 (vs other options): posting & reading habits  
I haven't posted much fic lately, but I'm trying to get things finished and I'm wondering: do people still post fic directly onto LJ these days or onto AO3 only and link to AO3 (or do something else entirely)?

When I'd finally finished updating my AO3 account I would still post directly to LJ but add a link to AO3, and link to both on my LJ masterlist. For posting fic I like that AO3 has the function to see hits and kudos, and I like the look of it, all clean lines and clarity. I think maybe you miss out on some comments though, because kudos are easier to give, and on comment conversations, which seem to flow better on LJ? But I wonder if i'm wasting my time if I post directly to LJ, because I think there's a trend towards reading more on AO3?

As a reader I've noticed I tend to opt for an AO3 link over any other kind. If one isn't available I'm happy to read anywhere else - stores are love - but other people's journal styles, for example white writing on a black background or a tiny font, put me off now I'm used to the AO3 layout. It's also much easier to bookmark things, find other things written by writers you've liked or works that they've liked, and to search.

I still really like rec lists though. If I see a rec list on LJ - or recs elsewhere, to be fair - by someone who's I trust to rec things I'll like, or if a rec list just looks interesting, I'll go through those fics regardless of whether they link to AO3 or anywhere else. But similarly I'll go through someone's bookmarks on AO3 if I like their taste.

So, posting habits and reading habits these days. What're people's thinky thoughts?
 
 
 
Snicksnickfic on August 6th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
I've switched to reading on AO3 for everything all the time. I like that the basic interface/formatting/appearance is always the same, and the download button is handy for stuff I don't feel like reading right away. And when I post, I just post to AO3 and then crosspost a link to LJ/DW.

I think this change is partly because my most recent fandom is so thoroughly AO3 - there's no hockey RPF presence on LJ, and very little on DW.
inkvoices: avengers:assassins huginkvoices on August 7th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
That seems to be the trend. I posted my recent fic straight to AO3 and crossposted to LJ, and I don't think it's made a huge difference (other than in my complete-archives little sould *grins*).

Do you think as a general rule new fandoms are more tumblr or AO3 inclined? I'm still in MCU which has a foothold in LJ and DW, but AO3 hadn't quite taken off when MCU started being a bigger thing.
Snicksnickfic on August 8th, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
I think that is definitely the case, yeah. Even new ships in existing fandoms can end up being Tumblr/AO3 focused. As far as I can tell, Sam/Dean fandom in SPN still operates primarily on LJ, even if they cross-post to AO3, whereas D/C fandom is strictly Tumblr an AO3 these days.
inkvoices: avengers:natasha thinkyinkvoices on August 9th, 2016 07:53 pm (UTC)
Huh, interesting!