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LiveJournal lays off substantial number of employees without severance (various estimates of numbers, but roughly half the thirty staff seems right - summary here).

Fortunately, there is a good choice of software for backing up your journal:

  • ljArchive (Windows only, archives entries and comments)
  • ljmigrate (needs python, archives entries, comments and userpics)
  • ljdump (needs python, archives entries and comments)
  • LJBook (produces PDF of your LJ, currently overwhelmed)
  • LiveJournal Backup (Windows only, archives entries and comments)
  • LJSM (needs perl, archives entries, comments, memories, userpics, other images)
  • jbackup (needs perl, archives entries and comments)
  • XJournal (OS X only, GUI-based, archives entries only
  • LiveJournal Export (month by month as XML, archives entries only)

This is a cybernetic datum for the public good.

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another option for mac users who, like me, are fairly incompetent with python is xjournal

it's an lj client that will also archive all your entries (but no comments) for you. go to window -> history and you can dl your entire journal.

Edited at 2009-01-07 01:47 am (UTC)

Thanks - I'll add that to the list.

It's also worth noting that XJournal helpfully stores it internally as a Mac .plist file, i.e. well-formed XML.

You can find it in ~/Library/Application Support/Xjournal/History.plist once you've downloaded the history in XJournal, if you want to copy it and have a play. Although I don't think I'll go as far as writing a stylesheet to replicate my journal style...

Several of the others store the data as XML, albeit not in the plist format.

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