Note to livejournal people

Please stop writing and asking me to resume blogging. I never stopped.

For some reason the lj feed of my blog is broken and has no posts after 18 December. So while I have blogged every day since then none of those posts have shown up on that feed. I have no idea why and no idea how to fix it.

Perhaps one of you lj people knows how to fix it? I’d be much obliged.

Sadly, though my writing about this here is completely useless given that lj people rarely venture outside the world of lj. Oh well.


  1. El on #

    I just followed your link and a link or two beyond it. It says there’s a parse error; every once in a while, for no reason I’ve ever been able to understand, LJ feeds will get a parse error. As long as the post with the error is still extant, the RSS feed doesn’t work. Once the post rolls off (generally when 25 posts have succeeded it) everything will suddenly come back as though it had never gone anywhere.

    Afraid my RSS-fu isn’t good enough to actually do anything about it, though.

  2. Justine on #

    El: Actually, that’s really helpful. Now I know what to say to the people bugging me. Bless you!

  3. Harriet on #

    Actually, it’s not just Livejournal – my Google Reader stopped picking up the feed as well. Once I realised you hadn’t stopped blogging, I had to unsubscribe and then resubscribe to get it working again.

  4. Julia on #

    You are coming through loud and clear in Bloglines, and you have 117 of us subscribed there.

  5. Cheryl on #

    If you are on WordPress you might want to consider using the LiveJournal cross-post plug-in which automatically sends everything you write to a LiveJournal account. I use it, and I think Jay does too. It is not perfect because occasionally LJ throws a fit and blocks everything, but at least you get an error message when it does. Email me if you want details.

    PS Sorry about the cricket: disasterville.

  6. David Cook on #

    Actually, you have two feeds on LJ – (the one which isn’t updating), and, which is updating correctly, because that’s how I’ve ended up at this post.
    “larbalestier” seems to be using this URL for the feed :
    And “justinelarbales” uses this URL :

    Also, on the “larbalestier” info page on LJ, it has the following syndication status :
    Last checked: 2009-01-03 08:27:24 (Parse error)
    Error Message: 404 Not Found

    I’m not familiar with the details of setting up RSS feeds in (I’m guessing) WordPress, but have there been any upgrades or configuration changes made … around the 18th of December ?

  7. Karen Mahoney on #

    I’m one of those pesky LJ peeps, but I hate LJ feeds and always read non-LJ blogs through Google Reader (*loves Google Reader*). I’ve had no problems with Justine’s posts with GR, so I don’t know why Harriet’s feed stopped coming through…

    Anyway, Happy New Year Justine! 🙂

  8. Dave H. on #

    Some of us LJ people wander into the bigger world of the InterWeb from time to time, but it is scary! 🙂

    I use Bloglines for RSS feeds, and it did have a burp with yours a few weeks ago. I had to unsubscribe and resubscribe – I’d guess that’s when the LJ feed broke.

    (If I remember correctly, you blogged about having some kind of troubles with the website at the same time. The two are probably related.)

  9. Liz on #

    I opened an LJ support request to get the feed URL changed as the old one doesn’t seem to be working – hopefully that will sort it.

  10. Harry Connolly on #

    Now, if only someone could sort out Nathan Branford’s LJ feed.

  11. Karen Smith on #

    Venturing out of LJ to comment directly…so THAT’S why my LJ is suddenly full of Justine bloggeration! 🙂 A lot to catch up on, to be sure, but I’m glad it’s working now.

  12. Jennifer on #

    The bloglines feed I was using stopped updating, I had to resign up.

  13. Stephanie Leary on #

    Hey, guys… Justine’s web person here. I finally figured out what was going on with this — basically, WordPress used to automatically redirect the old feed URLs to the new ones, but it doesn’t in the latest version. I had upgraded WordPress on, you guessed it, December 18.

    Anyway, I’m now manually redirecting those old feed URLs, and any subscriptions still using them should get a flood of posts… right about now.

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