May 16th, 2015

My Livejournal site is now mobile friendly

"Simplicity is the glory of expression." -- Walt Whitman

I've been blogging daily on Livejournal since 14 December 2014. It's been an absolute joy, not least because it's made me focus again on writing/blogging, rather than, as is often the case with more complex CMS, messing around with theme changes, updates and making everything SEO friendly. That's not to say I've not changed the theme here and there, but, in the end, if you follow me on Livejournal, it doesn't matter because it's not what you see (from the inside out).

But, at the back of my mind, I've known, when sharing content to Twitter and LinkedIn, that to read my blogs on a mobile or tablet it suffered from that excruciating problem of not being mobile friendly, and, as a consequence, you had to squeeze the wretched pages in and out.

No more: thanks to a little tip off from my brother, I've now updated the theme to Livejournal's out-of-the-box model, which is mobile friendly. It really was as simple as pressing one button. (I wish other blogging platforms made it that easy.)

Going forward, I've still to separate out my writing between Livejournal and my main site (, but at least I don't have to worry about people not being able to read the posts on a mobile or tablet.

If you've not yet started a blog or you're having trouble with Wordpress or Typepad, then you may want to give Livejournal a whirl. Sure, it's very old hat when compared to platforms like Squarespace and Wordpress, but if you want something that's easy to write to and is unfussy then you might want to give it a go. I would recommend if you do use Livejournal that you familiarise yourself with the Friends Feed function which means you can follow people with similar interests in a similar way to Twitter and LinkedIn.

PS. Here's a great little Q & A between Tom Peters and Seth Godin talking about blogging. It's still my favourite talk on the subject, and should convince you to stop standing on the fence and get writing.