Google traffic is not the culture destroyer it is *some* places, if handled correctly. I can't complain about it, I was once Google traffic; Just a guy looking for a good knife cheaper than the Korin catalog.
I was talking to a fellow knut today about how the other forum is like a ghost town now...
Personally I'd say the lack of Google traffic is a good thing. Saying that, so many sites/forums I found when I started off were absolute crap and I wish I had found a place such as this at first. This and Foodie Forums are the most informative places I've found by far