I have been cross posting on both Blogspot and Open Salon for two and a half years. Over two years of posts from Open Salon before I opened my account at Blogspot will now be added relatively quickly to the Blogspot account.
This closing is almost without notice. They have been having problems since I opened up the Blogspot account but started running smoothly months later when they shut down all new accounts. This means that they've been "Open" in name only since then. New blogs and ability to comment has been shut down without warning; and they are going to take all of it down in two weeks; so if they're not transferred by then or saved on another account they will be lost. Copies have been kept and a notice to find the new ones that will inevitably be buried under the old ones will me made when the reposts are complete.
The following is a copy of the notice they sent in an E-mail:
The claim that they're trying to "focus on the growing and active community at salon.com" and implication that they want people from Open Salon to join it if they haven't already is suspect considering the way they shut it down. When they had problems off and on for years they claimed they were trying to repair them and blamed some of them on spam. No other site that I have ever seen did such a bad job handling spam which never made any sense to begin with. When the spam was saturating the site it didn't make sense for the spammers since it couldn't advertise anything when it was ruining their own source.
Regardless of why that happened they could have given more notice; Geocities gave at least six to eight months notice when they shut down and they did what they said prior to that.
For now I will continue to post at Blogspot; regularly timed posts will resume after all the posts that I intend to transfer are reposted.
If I start cossposting elsewhere at some time in the future I'll announce it here then.