I know what you mean, I prefer the personal experience based writing as well. The way I see it though, everything on this site is free, so who are we to complain.
Steve has a limited amount of personal experience to draw from. Maybe he's already told us all his best stories. Maybe he feels like writing about something different. You can't write the same article more than once.
Who knows, this may just a phase and he'll go back to the more practical stuff when it suits him. Either way, I'm grateful for the insightful writing he's already given us.