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I have a lifetime account on LJ -- I was not aware that it was for the lifetime of the company, darnit. Anyway, since I do have the lifetime account, I'll remain here with all my lovely locked posts until the ship sinks. I am definitely backing my LJ up regularly, in fact as soon as this posts.

I did snag my user name at insanejournal.com but probably won't migrate until the ship begins to go under. Most of my friends that are setting up alternative blogs are going to IJ, so I followed. There's also a notice dated yesterday that IJ is in the black and will most likely remain that way, which helps. I'm toying with starting a public journal or restarting the one I have on Blogspot; right now I'm not doing so well on posting here even, so that's a future project when I get het up enough to start writing about it.

So for now, I'm sticking with my investment and the friends I've made here; if it gets worse I'll encourage those that haven't yet to open an account on Insanejournal as a backup. And do backup your LJs! I use a tool called ljbackup; I've heard that ljarchive is the most often recommended, and those are both PC programs. For other systems, there is LJdump. I don't have those links, but sigma7 has them in his discussion of the situation. He doesn't think LJ will last another year; I'm thinking they'll lose more by shutting it down than by understaffing it, so we'll see.

This post is public. I will try to get a locked status up soonish.

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fionnulaharp
Jan. 7th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Lifetime journals at IJ are pretty cheap -- I think mine was $35. Of course the cost may have gone up now, but it's worth checking out.
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Well, I looked at their prices, and all I saw was a year for $25. I'll keep an eye on it, but like I said, I'm already invested here.
fionnulaharp
Jan. 8th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I must have lucked into one of the Permanently Insane sales. I will have to back up my LJ and migrate it over to IJ sometime soon. It's just a pain though -- and I'll keep a presence in LJ because there are people and communities that are here that aren't there. Besides, J can't read anything I post in IJ.
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
That is a good point in IJ's favor for you. Go ahead and add me to your friends list over there and I'll hook back up with you there as well.
phoenixfire12
Jan. 7th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
????HUH???? I missed something. Then again I haven't been on here since Saturday. What exactly did I miss?
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
The Russian owners of LJ laid off the design and development team for LJ here in the US. According to the next comment down, the support folks are still working. Doomsayers are saying LJ won't last a year; I'm taking more of a wait-and-see approach but wanted to reserve my name in a backup location.
feyandstrange
Jan. 7th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
I use IJ for my fanwankery, and it's a strong contender for my escape hatch as well.

The staff laid off are the development and design team; the maintenance/sysadmins are all still onboard.
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
That's not terribly reassuring -- just propping up the carcass won't be enough. There's a possibility that they will hire design and development folks should the economy improve, though. I'm doing the wait and see at this point, but I'm not being incredibly positive about the future of LJ either.
journeyrose
Jan. 8th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
How do you back up LJ
Is this a separate program?
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: How do you back up LJ
It is a separate program. The recommendation from elsewhere, because I'm not up on this, is that PC users, grab LJArchive at http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive/ and everybody else try ljdump at http://hewgill.com/ljdump/ .
cyndee
Jan. 8th, 2009 12:36 pm (UTC)
Huh? That one blindsided me. I better back up. Hmmmm. Maybe we should trade contact info in case LJ does blow up.
teal_cuttlefish
Jan. 8th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
There was a big layoff of people in the US, but all the maintenance people are still here. One theory I've heard is that LJ's "Russian Overlords" simply want to move the development to their country. I do have your phone number, I'll text you so you have or are reminded of mine. My email is alia@fnorky.com .
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