Don’t panic! Livejournal isn’t in any imminent danger, despite today’s news (many of us here at OTW are archivists, and we know how long it takes for sites, even unattended ones, to degrade.) We’ll all still be here tomorrow!
That being said, we do want to remind LJ-based fandom that:
* You can create a User: page for yourself on Fanlore. (All those “If LJ goes away” posts on LJ are kind of useless if LJ actually goes away!) You can put all your pseuds, journals, websites, and other contact info on your User: page, and the wiki is searchable and obviously updatable, so folks will always know where to find you. (See examples here, and there’s an easy “create account” link in the left side toolbar of every page.) (Please note that the User: page is different from a regular wiki page. You control the content of your User: page: it’s more like a LJ profile page, whereas regular wiki pages about individual fans are collaborative and editable; generally, others will make and edit these pages.)
* You can also document fannish information and resources on Fanlore. LJ hosts a number of irreplaceable fandom overviews, rec lists, newbie guides and the like, so take a minute to add some information to your fandoms’ main pages, pairing pages, etc. Document fannish lists, communities, fanon, writers, artists, vidders, stories, kerfuffles, debates, and other fanworks. It’s really easy. (Ask me how!)
* The Archive of Our Own has been steadily giving out beta accounts a few at a time; help us out, whether by giving us useful feedback on the workings of the beta-archive (there’s a handy feedback form) or by volunteering to work at with us in some other way, and we will totally put you at the head of the line (er, as long as you’re up for the creakiness of beta. Hey, we’re working on it!) If not, we hope to be offering more general invites soon, after the next few rounds of code revisions. (We’re at 953 on the public; 1012 is in the can; more coming soon!)
Remember, too, that if your fic is archived on LJ, and all the fancy backups alarm you, you can just go to your stories on LJ and save them as HTML pages on your hard drive — then, in the worst case, even if LJ vanishes in the meantime, you’ll be able to just copy and paste those files into the archive software once you do have an account.