Meanwhile, back at the LJ anniversary... When I started I thought I'd give it a try for 6 months and here I am a year later, so I must be feeling that it's worth it. It does do things that Usenet can't do and enables me to keep in touch with some people I've known for years, but don't see face to face that often. It's also introduced me to some new and interesting people. All in all a good thing.
Has it done what I expected? I think it has certainly helped with the writing motivation. Having people posting their word counts does make me feel I ought to be making progress with my own writing. It just makes writing seem more normal and natural instead of that weird annoying thing I do that stops me spending as much time with G as he would like.