Practical Backpacking is one of those sites with which I keep saying I won't bother any more, and then something interesting comes up. Maybe every 2 months, just in time to avoid getting bounced for not posting! Some of their podcasts are excellent, but they don't provide a written script and I don't have the time or desire to listen, take illegible notes and try to transcribe them.
However, PB's latest ploy (just in the past week, I believe) is to ask for a $3.00/month subscription fee. PB's site isn't worth that much to me, to put it mildly! And they continue to carry ads (I don't object to those but do object to a subscription fee in addition!). At least PB's move has made me stop complaining about BPL's $25/year, which provides so much more!
My two favorite gear sites are The Lightweight Backpacker (backpacking.net) and this one. I have the most loyalty to TLB because that's where I learned to lighten my load five years ago, and I've found many friends there. But I like this place, too!