Bradley wrote: "PS I am hoping to find awesome content here as well, and maybe even contribute."
No need to hope! You WILL find awesome content here, as well as general, fun discourse between "friends." I say "friends" in quotes only because most of us have not met one another in person, but have come to know one another over these forums. The community is such here that I would consider some folks here my friends, even though I've never met them face to face.
Some complain about threads going on aimlessly, but most of these are relegated to Chaff, where that is openly tolerated since it provides a place for us to ramble on about the topic of the day/week without distracting from the actual backpacking threads.
Even if a flame war erupts, much of the conversation is still civil. If things get too heated, most of that is amicably worked out as well.
I like BPL for the fact that I can contribute and interact in a manner similar to that of a group of my friends sitting in my living room, having a beer, and still come away with some very valuable knowledge.
Sam wrote: "Interesting things to be learned about ourselves when an old thread gets dug out of the grave."
Sam, one of my favorite quotes is: "Much of what we know about ourselves does not come from within, but through the interaction with others."