I was browsing on BrickLink yesterday when I noticed the "Announcement" link. I hadn't heard prior to that.
I remember when BrickBay was announced on Lugnet. I browsed over there, saw perhaps a dozen (at most) stores, and thought "meh, the prices don't look that good." My inner skeptic/cynic was in full bloom. I remember the bru-ha-ha over the name change. I remember Dan getting flack for various business/pricing decisions he made over time. It's amazing how people lose sight of the fact that an online business is still a business.
Eventually my inner-Luddite (I tend to adopt new technologies around the time they are available at garage sales) was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of stuff available. With the exception of one very mildly-annoying transaction and one embarrassment*, I have been very thankful for the existence of BL. Most of what I've been able to build over these past years has had a healthy dose of BL-sourced ABS.
It's good to know that the site will continue.
*Who here remembers Bill Swanberg
? My order from him arrived the same day he was arrested.