Hmm, I have to agree with what has been written above.
I thought in the past that maybe the number of articles posted on the website had reduced. Initially, I of course looked through a lot of the past articles and still do. However, as time goes on you want to read the latest articles and then end up waiting for them to materialise. When I first took out my BPL subscription I was under the impression, as has been mentioned above, that I could either have the print version or identicle content via the web magazine. Now I would normally prefer the item or in this case, the magazine in my hand in the same way I prefer my music on a disc and not online. Somehow it feels more like value for money. However, the additional postage to here in the UK and the fact that the web had forums I could use, sold me on going with the web version. So, I was surprised to realise recently that the content is in fact very different.
I'm even more surprised to find out that i'm not the only one who was mistaken in this respect.
Now, don't misunderstand me, I enjoy the BPL website and visit it more than most but I have to say that it is more often than not the forums where I am picking up technique and gear tips etc instead of the BPL editorial content. That surely can't be right.
More often than not, I log onto the site to find that the only thing that has changed on the home page are the user reviews and forum listings. So my subscription money clearly isn't being spent on catching my eye with content and layout in the same way that it would be if it were in a paper based magazine.
My web page 'magazine' hasn't had to go through printing productions runs, guillotining, collating, posting etc. Now I would pay marginally more in subscription for access to the other articles but at the moment I have to say I feel a little short changed.
Now some of the promised upcoming content looks good and I will renew my subscription to see how that pans out but at the moment, some of the most informative, thought provoking content comes through the forums from the likes of Bill Fornshell and PJ.
I know articles take time to research, write etc and these are some of the reasons we have been given. I accept that but if daily newspapers can put a product out every day (Given they have more staff) and BPL is managing to put out a regular magazine, it seems unfair to expect web users to pay more for a magazine when the content turnout hasn't been as great in volume as maybe it should have been.
It is as has been mentioned above, articles on technique, how, where, why, when etc that I also want to see. I want to learn something new. Gear reviews are great and I do value them. I have made purchasing decisions on the back of them but I also want to learn something new. So, a little more variety maybe.
Fingers crossed, things will get better. I will give anyone the benefit of the doubt and with my further subscription, BPL will have another year to get it right, which I hope, am sure, it will.