I stumbled on a blog that was run by a member of the site, and got sucked in. I read stories and personal journal-type entries. One of these entries was about a personality disorder the member suffered from, and it linked to an AskMe thread about the topic. I read AskMe voraciously for the rest of the day, and wished I could comment, but the signup fee gave me pause, so I clicked away. A few months later, during a bout of random googling, I found the site again and decided to bite the bullet and sign up.
Tough love and a meetup
I've posted a few very personal questions on the site. I've told MeFi things I wouldn't tell anybody else. And when I ask the tough questions, I get the tough answers.
Last year, I went to my first meetup, just days before I left town for Army boot camp. Even though I'm not a well-known member or anything, I felt like the whole group of people was just so relaxed and fun. I'm so glad to be a part of such a welcoming community.