Last week I was able to save my old AOL Journal onto my hard drive as an eBook. On Friday my son wanted to make sure that it wasn't connected by some link that would require the internet to read it, so we disconnected the internet and were able to open it as an eBook on the computer. All of my pictures and graphics were there except the few pictures that I had loaded onto my journal from AOL Pictures (since I've already moved those pictures for safe keeping). So now I'm fairly sure that after the journals are deleted from AOL, the eBooks that have been saved will still be safe.
So then Andrew wanted to see if the journal could be burned on a CD. We burned it successfully. When we opened the CD, NO pictures or graphics are on there, but everything else, the layout and the text are there. I tried opening the "Show Recent" comments, but it tells me it's loading and then never loads. I'm going to try again, though. (Also, it opens in a browser window -- Firefox for me, since that's what I'm set for, but it would open in IE if that's your default browser.) So if we can save the dormant journals onto an eBook, they could be copied to CDs and sent to anyone who wants them, but there would be no graphics or pictures on the CD, only on the eBook. I'm not sure if the eBooks can be emailed or saved to another format that can be shared, but I'm going to play around with that when I have some time today.
As I figure more out about this avenue I'll share what I know.
Of course, I've been gone all week, so perhaps someone else already has all this information out there? I have a lot to catch up on I know.