I expect there will be lots of growing pains ( and struggles ) in getting used to the new site. The general site layout is very appealing but to get a message out and learn how to use all the new "stuff", I feel some will find it more daunting than the effort is worth. It isn't as simple to use nor as personal as the previous site.
I follow a ski site called J2SKI which was difficult to get used to and time healed this wound too.
Time will tell how well accepted this change is. There are many "regulars" yet to check in.