theljstaff (theljstaff) wrote in news,

Permanent Account Sale, Give More, india_politics, Global Viewpoints, NaNoWriMo, NaBloPoMo, Themes

In this issue of LJ News:

Permanent Account Sale
Give More
Global Viewpoints Community
NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up
NaBloPoMo Update
New Journal Themes

Get More: Permanent Account Sale Starts Today

It's here—the Permanent Account sale for personal journals starts today. For $175, you can have LJ for life. What do you get for $175?
  • All the cool features of a Paid Account
  • 15GB of storage, the most available on LJ (if you already have a Permanent Account, your storage just got upped to 15GB as of today)
  • Oodles of userpics: 150 plus the maximum number of Loyalty Userpics. That's the most userpics available on LJ (and yes, if you already have a Permanent Account, you just got more userpics, too).
  • $25 of your purchase price donated to charity. Here's how it works: You purchase a Permanent Account between now and December 6, 12:00 p.m. PST. When you go through the payment process for the Permanent Account, we'll send you an email confirming your Permanent Account status. When the sale ends, we'll send each new Permanent Account holder a link to our charity partner site,, where you'll be able to allocate your $25 donation to any of 1.6 million charities. In the future, we plan on further integrations with to make this process a bit less cumbersome, but we know you wanted more control over where your charity money goes, rather than having us choose for you. So, take a look at the site and decide on the charity of your choice!
The Permanent Account sale is like a rare and exotic bird—it's seldom sighted and doesn't stay for long when it makes an appearance. The Permanent Account sale flies away on December 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST. So grab your binoculars and get out your life list (and your wallet), because who knows when you'll see it again? Head on over to the Gift Shop and get your Permanent Account today.

Give More

Oh ho ho ho, December is here and so is the Give More sale. Wondering what to get that LJ friend on your gift list? Nothing says friendship like Paid Account time, especially when it comes with a free userpic add-on. For the month of December, any gift of Paid Account time gets an automatic userpic add-on. For example, if you give a friend 12 months of Paid Account time, that friend is automatically upgraded to 100 userpics for those 12 months.

We all know it's better to give than to receive. The Give More offer applies only to gifts purchased for other users, not to paid time you purchase for yourself. Give More ends December 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. There's never a line at the Gift Shop, so now's the time to give a Friend the gift that gives more.


Politics in India are always volatile, and never more so than in the last few weeks. You can get Indian viewpoints on subcontinent politics at our new partner community india_politics, where community members debate the issues and share their reactions to the latest developments in Indian politics. The focus is on India and the Indian perspective, but all are welcome to join and enter the discussion.

New Global Viewpoints Community

Building on the international dialogue created in our us_election2008 community, where journalists from international newspapers posted questions to LJ users about the U.S. elections, we're taking the discussion to the global level. Journalists from newspapers such as Mint, The Independent, and Gazeta want to hear your thoughts and opinions on international events, from the recent terror attacks in Mumbai to the battle between Labour and the Tories in the U.K. The goal is to encourage lively and spirited debate between LJers and news providers worldwide and also to allow re-publication of comments from this community in print and online media outside of LJ. LiveJournal has a global user base and we want to facilitate cross-border communication and debate on news and events from all over the globe. We live in times in which it's hard not to have an opinion, so let yours be heard at global_view.

NaNoWriMo Comes to an End

Congratulations to all the hardworking LJ novelists who cranked out so many words in the month of November! We promised to give NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program $1 for every LJer who completed NaNoWriMo this year (up to $1000) and in recognition of all the crazy plot ninjas, narrative dead-ends, and desperate word count–padding strategies, we've decided to dispense with the counting and give YWP the full $1000.

We also dangled some other incentives in front of hungry novelists, including giving free one-year Paid Accounts to five randomly selected LJers who finished. And the winners are . . . cieria (131,045 words!), oneworldvision (50,116 words!), gnorph (50,048 words!), rintaran (51,615 words!), and nysidra (50,252 words!).

What about all those v-gifts, you might be thinking. We pledged 50% of the proceeds from v-gifts in the encouragement category in the month of November. Our accounting monkeys are still adding up the total, so check the next news post to find out just how encouraging you were in November.

And how did the LJ staffers fare? lyndaellen clocked in at 50,474 and coffeechica, despite a long and painful month involving migraines, codeine, and other trials, finished with 37,520 (many of those written in a heroic, down-to-the-wire effort during the closing days of November).

Thanks for everyone's enthusiasm and support for their fellow novelists. We hope to see you again next November.


Also chaining people to their keyboards in November was National Blog Posting Month. Two brave LJ staffers pldeged to write 30 posts in 30 days. So how'd they do? chasethestars made a daily habit out of updating and marta posted more than she ever has before.

New Themes

The new Minimalism layout scheme has 25 new themes, including (from left to right): Aquatic Moon, Crazy Day, Dark Wood, and Deep Ocean.


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