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To jump, or not to jump, that is the question
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LJ is offering Permanent Accounts for one day only, sale ending tonight at 9pm PST. It’s equivalent in price to buying a Paid Account six years in a row (that is, it’s expensive), but I’m sorely tempted.

It makes me wonder what I’ll be doing with this account six years from now. I don’t see any reason why I would stop using it, and LJ has been around long enough to make it a good bet that they won’t disappear in that amount of time, but how will my relationship to blogging change between now and turning thirty? Perhaps this will all be so outmoded it will be the current-day equivalent of dialing in to a BBS with my smoking-fast 14.4 Zoltrix modem. Perhaps the community will age and mature like a fine wine, as The Well did.

Should I go for it? I’d never have to worry about keeping my journal paid up, ever. The only drawback is the six-year-equivalent investment in something on the internet. Maybe, though I saw the beginning and end of the great internet bubble, my view of the internet as a place of transience has become as outmoded as I’m speculating LJ may one day be. Maybe I’m just behind the curve. Should I go for it?

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No, it's not the same as buying six years of paid time. It's the same as buying four years of paid time and extra user pictures - or three and a half years if you normally buy it in increments less than a year.

True. I was thinking of the extra pictures as just a bonus, though, since I'm the sort of LJer that will never use up a 50-image quota in any case. So in my case, it's still reasonable to compare it to a six-year investment. Or I could just be bland and call it $150 US dollars. ;-)

...Oo, which is $189 Canadian according to my bank's current exchange rate. Hm.

assume lj is still going to be around in 6 years.

if you have the cash in hand, and think you'll still be using the site then, and you really, truly need 100 icons and customized layouts, go for it.

i personally think it's a waste of money. but then again, i've never paid for an account, either, as i think THAT'S a waste of money.

if i was wandering down the street and tripped over a permanent account, i certainly wouldn't say no. but i also wouldn't spend more than at most $25 on one. but that's just me.

If I'd have the cash I would definitely do it. So the only reason for you not to do it would be that my envious glare would follow you for months :P

I will soothe me with the thought that I maybe get bored of LJing one day and therefore it is muchmuchmuch more sensible to wait 'til the next sale.

(I WANT ONE :((()

I wouldn't trust lj to be a good service in more than six years. Too burnt by ICQ.

I think it is a neat idea, but more as a patronage thing than as a good purchase.

I totally would. If i was solidly employed right now, I would have about 9 hours ago.

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