"Third, I have a real job which has little if anything to do with writing articles for BPL. Its importance is inexpressibly greater than anything having to do with backpacking, and I do not see that changing. My suspicion is that many prominent voices here could say similar things.
Fourth, BPL is very important to an impressive number of people. I would respectfully suggest that many of them (you) would be well served by spending more time publically expressing why."
Where do you lie on the BPL-importance Continuum?
I understand that this forum is important to many people as a community, but I also understand that once you learn the basics of the lightweight backpacking ethos, there isn't a whole lot more to talk about. At this point, I only buy/sell the occasional piece of gear on gear swap (which to me is worth the price of admission), posted my first trip report (which was labor intensive enough), and browse the MYOG forum to glean bits of wisdom. In addition, the people who contribute to this website have jobs, families, and adventures of their own. Brow-beating them to "do less, write more" isn't going to make things any better either.
If BPL ever goes under, I'm sure enough people would care to scrounge together resources and start their own community, if that is what they are craving. And honestly, I'm not that concerned about BPL going the way of the dodo. I'll enjoy it while I can, and will find something else if/when it bites the dust.
But while the community is nice, it is also the internet, and a bit far removed from what our supposed hobby is.
So what I'm saying is...