Coming to the end
I think it's time to go premium. I've been scouring the site for over 4-days now and have accumulated a wealth of knowledge. The user generated content is incredible and the lesson plans set up by WA are top rate. I could spend the next few years just going through the free resources here and still be learning. That's a powerful testament to both the quality and uniqueness of the community here.
But the benefits of being a premium member are too good to pass up. Sure, I could no doubt get the same results if I really put in the extra work and modeled a course of action. But the amount of time wasted on trial and failure is not worth it by any means. It's clear that the benefits offered by upgrading are worth it.
For newer members like myself weighing the benefits, I can only tell you how I feel. Take the time to get familiar with WA. Look over the resources for yourself and be your own judge. What I do recommend is getting involved in the community. I'm one of the last people you would expect to find participating in an online "social" community. I log maybe an hour each month in total on Facebook and Emails. But WA is a place of its own.
Try it out, you won't be dissapointed.