The epic wars are endlessly entertaining. Seeing the pro-slave owning Providence pilots get some karmic therapy is wonderful. Wondering what is next for IT, Goons, and the NC keeps me engaged in the chaos. I have found 0.0 life to be the best of both worlds. It is easy to jump clone back to Empire when you want to, but you also have the daily opportunities for PVP, corp ops, and lucrative pursuits.
If you've never ventured out to the frontier before, find a welcoming corp and take the leap! You can always pop back into high sec to mission or trade when you feel like it.
Thanks to DOTLAN and eve-files for maintaining such a great resource!