I've had my LJ for 2 years now and I've used it quite a bit. It's helped me to keep in touch with friends and loved ones while I was in the Arctic and has been a great way to keep a record of my daily happenings. I've used it to get feedback, to give feedback and just to vent. Today, I decided I would go ahead and get a paid account. I figured I use the service enough (almost daily) to warrant the small fee that they ask for and it gives me some nice extras (like more userpics!). I also felt like supporting the site since I really have gotten so much out of it. So, I have joined the the ranks of the paid account users and am feeling good about it!