I can relate with really everything you've written.
The case with me, is that I follow not only Russian, Czech, German, Romanian, Serbian players, but also players from Bulgaria, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Italy, the USA, and it's pretty much a hell to catch up with everything. I noticed that you limited yourslef mainly to Russian/Czech/German/Romanian players, is this the reason?
The problem with me is that I also want to follow a lot of exciting junior players so I also follow the Junior tour
I think I'm a bit exhausted right now, I might pause with this and focus only on the WTA
... but then, I always feel like I'm missing sth and it's frustrating.
Yeah, the player forums have been pretty much deserted lately, lots of people who used to whorepost (like TBE, too - but it's a good riddance in his case cause I can't stand him
) in them just stick now to GM or the Tournament section. I find it weird because IMO the players forums are the most important and the most interesting content wise and all...