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You can of course import your entire LJ account to dw, but I imagine there are others like me who would like to make a backup on their own local machine.

There used to be a number of tools (LJ-archive, LJ-sec, ljsm, ...) for making an LJ backup, but all of them are no longer maintained and don't work anymore with the latest LJ.

It wasn't immediately obvious to me that Semagic, the LJ client I've been using for years, has a backup feature. It's a bit unintuitive, but seems to work great. The dialog is under "synchronisation" in the "links" menu. First you configure the options you want and click the "synchronisation" button. This downloads everyting you configured from LJ and creates 2 databases; one for the entries and another for the comments. This takes a while. All your backed-up entries will now show in the synchronisation dialog window (top pane). You can now view entries in the bottom pane and do searches, but you will probably want to use the "export" function to save the selected entries as html (I exported my whole journal as one gigantic html file).

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