I have a perm account. And i got it simply because - at the point in time that i bought it - i had the money handy and figured that it was cheaper to shell out the 175 and gamble on you guys not going belly up than it was to deal with 25 bucks a year and accept that you'll eventually raise prices and lower service.
and if you go belly up, 175 bucks won't make or break me.
I like the extra user pics, could care less about texting and iming. don't even know how to customize my lj or mood themes and really don't give a darn about scrapbooking and stuff.
LJ Cut results please.....
I've had a permanent account for a few years now, and before that, had been paid since '02. I answered the poll for why I started paying in '02.
I originally got a paid account for the extra user pics and the extra customizations. But then I upgraded to a permanent account before LJ became ad-based.
I would enjoy the mobile posts, if I was able to use them.
I understand that companies need to make money by some means. I would far rather pay my fair share than be subjected to ads.
And I would pay for still more userpics as well.
I customize my journal layout with a collage of pictures up top and to the sides (all assembled in one JPEG); having the advertisement bar sometimes there, sometimes not, for readers who have or don't* have paid accounts themselves, means the layout is always screwed up for some of my readers.
*IIRC paid-account people don't see ads at all, and unpaid-account people see them on people with Plus accounts? I might be wrong on that but that's what I assume to be the case, and it means that if I had a Plus account I couldn't make the layout work right for both people who do see the ads and people who don't.
And of course, userpics. Still want more than I have, but I can't believe I ever lived with six. Or fifteen, for that matter.
If you have a paid account, people will never see ads on your LJ because your LJ will not have ads on them. One of the paid perks :P
I barely use LiveJournal anymore and I only became a "paid member" (wow, that sounds sleazy) because of the ads, or the lack of them. It was ad-free and pocketbook-free when I signed on, and it's all gone downhill from there.
I'm not going to renew my membership when it times out.
My poll response's mostly my original reasons for paying--today I'd probably pay in part because of the ads and editing, but I started paying for my membership before those came into existence. I wasn't too sure about continuing to pay up, so a friend renewed my subscription for me. Now at this point, I think I'd actually continue to pay. I'm not entirely happy with the current LJ administration, but I'm seeing at least some apparent improvements on that front.
I didn't renew my paid account because I don't like any of the changes in the past year or two.
There were no ads when I first started on LJ, so that never factored in, for me. I was, and am, still in it for the userpics
It would be interesting to line up people's reasons for paying for their account with how long ago they became paying customers. I bet people who came on board earlier would choose the older bonus features (polls, S2) and the more altruistic reasons (like "I just like LJ and am happy to pay for it"). The newer folks probably chose "no ads" and the dozens of userpics and other features that were added later.
And to be honest, I really don't care about the business drama of the company. Bunch of 16-year-olds getting bent about everything. As long as the lights are still on, I'm happy. And if LJ is ever about to go kaput, I can just pick it all up and move somewhere else.
I WOULD have put down the ability to use TXTLJ but since that no longer works for me, I obviously didn't. I hope you guys can figure out the Verizon issue with sending text posts to LJ sometime soon.