essentialsaltes -> bellwethr -> foolmonkey -> pfiddy -> rudyfink -> aventinus -> montsegur (6 hops)
Conclusion: Livejournal is tight-knit and incestuous. Not too incestuous fortunately, since I'm only four hops from yiffytail.
montsegur is gone, but I tried some random words and managed to get up to 7 hops!
essentialsaltes -> rsheslin -> nihilistic_kid -> lindsaybits -> michiganders -> mollyevans -> ouij -> obscure (7 hops)