LINE BLOG Service Ends! The actual reason and alternative blogs!

By momoka

LINE announced on March 30 that it will terminate "LINE BLOG" on June 29. The schedule until the end of the service is as follows: new blog openings will end at 2:00 p.m. on February 28; posting/editing of articles and comments/likes will end at 10:00 a.m. on March 30. posting, editing, commenting, liking, and posting at 10:00 a.m. on March 30. After that, you will only be able to view blogs until the end of the service.

In this article, we will introduce the reasons for the termination of the LINE BLOG service and alternative blogs.

What is LINE BLOG?

LINE BLOG is a blog service provided by LINE Inc.

LINE BLOG has the following features

  1. Mobile (smartphone)-specific blog creation
  2. Simple blog creation functionality

From 08/12/2020, the "font setting function" has been discontinued and only standard fonts are available.

LINE Blog is a blogging service specialized for editing and experiencing blogs on your smartphone.

Reasons for the end of the LINE BLOG service

Reason announced on the official website

The reason for the termination announced on the official LINE BLOG website is "due to the selection and concentration of our business in line with the recent changes in the Internet market.

Likely reasons

LINE, which has been terminating related services one after another, will focus on the vertical video "LINE VOOM"?

In 2023, LINE LIVE, also operated by LINE, announced the termination of its service for the same reason, stating that "in line with recent changes in the Internet market, we will concentrate our management resources.
As for where the management resources of both services will be concentrated, it is assumed that it will be on the vertical video service " LINE VOOM ".

When announcing the termination of "GYAO!", the company declared its focus on "LINE VOOM".

On January 16, Z Holdings, the parent company of Yahoo Japan and a group company of LINE, jointly decided with LINE and other companies to terminate the free video distribution service "GYAO!

At that time, the company explained that the reason for the termination of the service was to concentrate the group's management resources in the video domain on the vertical video service "LINE VOOM.

In recent years, short, short videos, such as TikTok, YouTube shorts, and Instagram reels (Reels), are establishing a major trend in the IT industry.

Blog sites that can take the place of LINE BLOG (Line Blog)

Ameba Blog

Ameba Blog is a blog service provided by CyberAgent, better known by its nickname "Ameblo.

While blogs for the general public are of course popular, it is also famous for the official blogs of many celebrities, including celebrities, idols, and athletes, and the comment sections of celebrity blogs are actively used by fans.

  Amoeba Blogs

Ameba Blog has a number of unique features and forms a community different from other blogging services, so it is necessary to fully understand its characteristics when using it.

Also, around the end of March, LINE BLOG (Line Blog) plans to provide a tool that will allow data transfer to Ameba Blog.

Livedoor Blog

Livedoor Blog is a free blog service operated by LINE Inc. (Edge Co., Ltd.), but the two companies merged in 2012. In 2019, Livedoor Blog Style, a new on-demand media service, was launched to enhance functionality and provide a variety of information. The service will become more user-friendly for users.

Around the end of March, LINE BLOG (LINE BLOG) is also planning to provide a tool to enable data transfer to "livedoor".