I'm a current LJ user with inklings towards my own setup, since I like the level of control. However, one of the nice things about LJ is that once you have a login, you are part of the community and the rest of LJ can add you to their lists, which makes for a nice level of private or friends-only posts.
Is there some sort of community setup of the same caliber (or close to it) that LJ has? I keep seeing something about a Blogger API, but I have no idea if this could be used to allow people with Blogger accounts to be given access to your blog, etc.
Should I give up the dream of customizability and standards in order to have the benefit of the LJ community (since most of my friends already have LJ accounts, and might be willing to switch over to something general, but are less likely to sign up just for my site)?
Through searching, I found people who wanted to update *multiple* blogs (Blogger + WP), but I'm more interested in having a single location, with the ability to have users from a larger source have the same levels of access. Maybe some sort of pass through, where if a LJ page loaded under their account, my page would grant them access.
A pipe dream and/or a huge security problem, probably?