Hi David. Wordpress has many great features, but in particular we have become very aware that LJ is really only a good platform to use if the majority of your readers also use LJ. For anyone who doesn't have an account of their own, LJ is not a pleasant place to navigate, with the ads and so on. Also, a wordpress blog is more searchable, etc. It also has a much better stats system so we can see where our readers are coming from, and the ability to create further 'pages' to expand our site is very tempting. Many of us use wordpress for our personal journals.
A syndicate would be much appreciated! I don't have a paid account any more or I'd have done it myself.