I ended up subscribing to Livejournal Paid Service for a year. I figure I can't blame them for needing to make money, and they do have the right to change their service when they want. Anyway, you shouldn't see ads on my blog anymore. Let me know if you do.
I also rented a web hosting service with webcs.com. It's hard to tell how good their service is yet - I'm still setting things up. They certainly don't understand grammar, from their automated messages. My website is now at http://www.adamrichard.org
. I primarily got it to get my own email address and avoid ad-supported (and possibly data mining supported) email services like GMail and Hotmail.
My blog will also probably move to my web server someday, probably to the URL http://convert.adamrichard.org
, and I'll probably leave LiveJournal in the long term. It takes some effort to migrate though, so I don't know when or if it will happen. I might also stop blogging now that I have a job and people to talk to about philosophy.