I found some pertinent information about the demise of AOL journals at Magic Smoke.
According to that source: "The
good news here is that AOL is working on a migration plan and most
likely destination is Blogger. So, you will soon receive another email
(I think scheduled to go out Oct 7th) describing the migration process."
I already have a Blogger site, and have been using it for some time; we'll see whether this forces me to make a second blog there or not. I'm fairly sure some of the pictures (the album format, for example) won't be exported to Blogger. But that's OK; I have all my pictures stored on my computer. I would surely hate to lose all the thoughts I've typed out here in the past four years or so, and if only the words I've typed move to Blogger, that's fine with me.
My opinion, and mine only, is that this is the beginning of the end for AOL. They've struggled for a long time to make money, and been unable to compete with other forces. I have a Yahoo email account, and also a Gmail account I've seldom used. I'll be using those when AOL closes shop.
Readers, trust me on this: There are lots of nice people on Blogger, and you can get to know them in the same way we've all connected right here.
I do hate to see AOL journals and FTP spaces close. But life goes on, and we don't have to lose track of one another. I still read the blogs of several people who left AOL for Blogger, back during the storm about ads on our journals.
You might want to set up a Bloglines account so you'll know when your favorite blogs update. This is much superior to the AOL alert system, anyhow. It always works, without filling your email box with a lot of stuff.