Doug! This sounds really great! I've thrown in some suggestions in the Members Only and Life Members Only forums to have some of this info on the home page (list/preview of articles and links to free articles for beginners).
If it's too much for the staff (I'm not too sure Maia can spend much time keeping track of others' blogs while she's filling in for Addie, hee hee), the "Blogs We Like" part could be omitted. It would be nice to have it if it's feasible, though.
Just the rest of it on the home page would improve BPL's image to the incoming public at least 100%--more like 200%! I really like what you've done with the format, even with the forum limitations.
Of course I recognize the format of Hendrik Morkel's "Hiking in Finland" Week in Review articles, but that's fine--his is one of my favorite blogs, and any imitation is definitely flattery!
I personally think we should keep "Subscription" off the home page; let newcomers discover the free articles and forum and get an idea of what more they can see if they subscribe before hitting them up for money.
Thank you for this suggestion, Doug--I hope BPL management will pay attention!!!