I can't believe I actually figured this out. I think some of these journalling pros are wearing off on me. So this is the scoop: If you want to leave a long message on someone's journal who hasn't gone beta. ---Like mine. Not that I'm encouraging you to barf your guts out in my comments, or anything. But, you know, for the Queen of 2 parters like Andrea. I have a trick for you.
Go to my URL. Type beta. (be sure to put the period) just before journals and hit enter. Then leave your comment. You get the full 2000 characters. I'll prove it by leaving this entry in my comments. Go see. Sheesh, I'm glad Slo stopped by today. I think some of her brain power was left behind here. ;-)
Update: As I typed this entry above I thought: I wonder if I can do that to make longer entries too. So I went to my test journal and tried it out. Because, I try to heed the advice of those who have gone before me, like His1Desire, and I set up a test journal to do new stuff. And, guess what? It worked. I am typing in the new format. Did I sweat and strain and download crap. Heeel No!!! Woohoo. Now, I'm crossing my eyes that AOL won't find me out. ;-)