I'm just starting out at this LiveJournal stuff. I've had this account for a while, and used to use it just to post on other people's journals.
Why don't I have any "friends"? Because all my entries are public (on the "don't put stuff on the web that you're not happy for everyone to see" policy I have.) I don't use "friends" to follow journals either...I use an RSS reader that allows me more control in grouping journals into those I read often and those I read only when I've got time to kill.