Meh... I'm jaded, have my own experience and I'm way too much of a realist to accept much of anything they say regardless of credentials. Having worked in the journalistic arena of the powersports industry I can say fewer things in life have been as much a disappointment as meeting many of my once revered writers in the moto-rags.
Remember those moto-journalists only exist to give an opinion to an interested party that lacks the experience to form one on their own... Depending on who's paying them to give that opinion it may not even be an honest one.
Guys like you have experiences and portals that 99.99 % of us don't have a realistic expectation or hope of ever having.
So you should have a different tint to the eye wear than the rest of us.
For those of us that are fascinated by the engineering and science, we have to keep an eye out for what sources we can tap, be it for info, advice, whatever.
Someone like Kevin Cameron offers well written material that is approachable and informative, while also including some well based conjecture.
Where else are we going to find that?
(If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them.)
As for your comment about being disappointed after meeting a revered writer, I can relate too well but in a slightly different way.
I used to think, because I assumed, that high level executives in companies had to be incredibly smart and astute people.
Not any more, having far too many times seen proof of the opposite.