I'm either about to say something that needs to be said, or really show my ass in public. Apologies if it winds up being the latter.
Chris, I think you're using the wrong standard to decide whether or not to close it. Don't get me wrong - I love WFG and I like being able to rub shoulders with other writers doing this mad thing called webfiction. But the problem I see is that people are constantly pushing you for WFG to be more, and you don't have the cycles to devote to doing more.
I've seen people hitch themselves to projects that make them miserable because they feel guilty about not doing it due to a feeling of responsibility for what they've created. It happens a lot on the Internet, and it almost always ends with the site going away eventually, but it lingers for years in a very unhealthy state. The person running it is miserable, and the people using it are dissatisfied. I may be completely wrong (because I frequently misread people) but I've felt like you're at that point with this site. And if you are then I think the options you should focus on are:
- close it down
- transfer it completely to someone willing to take it on
You'll note that I didn't include any options where you continue to try to make it work. That's because -- again, assuming I'm right about where you are -- there is no scenario where continuing to do this is <i>good</i> for you, and there's no scenario where doing the minimum to keep the lights on is good for WFG.
If WFG continues, it does need to change in order to grow, and from a purely end user perspective I want it to grow because a growing potentially exposes me to more new readers. A static site exposes me to the same group of readers who have already decided not to read my serials. I mean, that's a purely mercenary assessment on my part, but I think it's an accurate read on how sites evolve online over time. But you're not the same guy you were when you started WFG and your energies and focus aren't in the same place, and you shouldn't feel compelled to keep it going based on what we want out of it.