November 25th, 2005


livejournal backup copy

Ever since I started using livejournal, it's annoyed me that the content I write is stored on somebody else's server. It's not that I don't have confidence that livejournal will continue to be around for the foreseeable future, but just that I prefer to maintain my own copy of my own content.

I've been halfheartedly addressing this problem by using the charm livejournal client to post. Charm stores an archive copy of every post you make. However, I don't always use charm to post, especially when I'm travelling.

To address this problem, I finally got around to writing a simple livejournal backup program called ljdump. This is a simple Python program that archives livejournal posts as XML files into a subdirectory. You can run it as often as you like and it will only download any new posts since the last time it was run.

Hope somebody finds this useful.