In the meantime, the people that used to work for Livejournal started up Dreamwidth. Their business plan is to only allow so many free accounts per paid account. So right now, you have to either pay for an account or wait until someone gives you an invitation much like Gmail did back in the day.
I’m not sure what they’ll do if someone cancels their account. What happens to the people who have free accounts? The idea is that the paid members will be offsetting the costs. And they don’t want to have any ads like livejournal does. Maybe their business plans will change over time.
Dreamwidth is still a little buggy. Most of the blogging stuff works. And only time will tell if they’ll have any staying power. But for the time being, I’ll be crossposting on there. If nothing else, I’ll have a backup of all my entries.
For those of you who have a wordpress and a livejournal and a dreamwidth account, there is a wordpress crossposter called journalpress. It’s very easy to setup and install and it worked like a charm. It’s much easier than the other crossposter.