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"Blog" vs Forum Postings

#1
Okay, so I see add-ons for Xenforo and other larger forum softwares for Blogging ability. Why would one add a 'blog' to their forum? In my opinion they're two completely different things. I currently have a blog site and a forum site... and I am really considering merging the two together somehow, but really don't want to lose the revenue from either site if I choose one over the other.

So I guess, why bother with built in blogging scripts in a forum?
 

Robust

Well-known member
#2
They're like a personal space in a community (the forum) - actually makes sense to have one for some forum types.

To some extents, profile posts function as a blog (more like a Twitter feed, I suppose, so a miniblog). It's a bit like every member having a forum to themselves to post about whatever. It can be good to make communities more close-knit, and especially good for some communities.
 
#3
So, let me throw in another element and get some opinions.

I have a rather popular YouTube channel and I am building a forum at the moment and a rather par blog that I type content into to go along with the videos that are hosted on YouTube. Recently, I have had a lot of people asking about a Facebook page where they can contact me or something of the sort. I am torn really between how to best handle all this content.

My blog site does NOT get a ton of traffic regardless of cross-linking from YouTube. So, the content I create there is just really for myself and possible revenue from those who do come across it because it does have ads on it.

I like the idea of a community within a forum because they would be able to post their own topics, etc. And my forum is a work in progress at the moment and has no real posters on it as I just recently set it up. However, for my own content, I guess it could act as a "blog" but in a post/thread fashion where we can have discussions, etc.

Now, Facebook was brought up, facebook is unorganized, chaotic, and some posts won't be seen by others because of the whole "friends" issues, etc. So, my new question is, do I create a Facebook page for commenting and linking from the blog, kill the blog site and post strictly to the forum and link back and forth to facebook, ignore Facebook altogether or try and manage all three?
 

Yugensoft

Active member
#5
Both are basically content managers. A blog is content (the article) + content (comments on it). A forum is content (a thread & starting post) + content (the reply posts).

The difference is how the content appears and how it's generated. In a blog, the control and presentation of the content is primarily for "authors", a small set of dedicated writers, often just the person who made the blog. The comments are just supplementary; other people can respond to the blog post, but it's not the core focus.

In a forum, it's more about the discussion. A post at the top of the thread "ranks" about the same in terms of visual importance as a reply post, and there are more features to encourage discussion, and everyone and their content visually ranks the same (host, moderator, or newbie alike all get the same post interface).

Some people don't want to discuss stuff, they just want to read a centralized, easily siftable set of articles. Some people want to discuss more. Forums are bad for the former (good post content can be strewn throughout threads and threads can randomly be gold or junk); and blogs are bad for the latter (usually clumsy interface, visually de-emphasized and compressed at the bottom of an article).

So I think it's good to have both to cater to both groups. It's not too difficult to combine the two into one website, since both are based on LAMP stack.
 

Digital Doctor

Well-known member
#7
I am trying to find a good solution for implementing both into the forum. Like a good article/blog section or add-on.
Wordpress and XenWord.
Accept nothing less.

I've never seen a good blog for a forum.
But I've only been interested for 20 years.
Still looking.

Wordpress FTW.

Both are basically content managers. A blog is content (the article) + content (comments on it). A forum is content (a thread & starting post) + content (the reply posts).

The difference is how the content appears and how it's generated. In a blog, the control and presentation of the content is primarily for "authors", a small set of dedicated writers, often just the person who made the blog. The comments are just supplementary; other people can respond to the blog post, but it's not the core focus.

In a forum, it's more about the discussion. A post at the top of the thread "ranks" about the same in terms of visual importance as a reply post, and there are more features to encourage discussion, and everyone and their content visually ranks the same (host, moderator, or newbie alike all get the same post interface).

Some people don't want to discuss stuff, they just want to read a centralized, easily siftable set of articles. Some people want to discuss more. Forums are bad for the former (good post content can be strewn throughout threads and threads can randomly be gold or junk); and blogs are bad for the latter (usually clumsy interface, visually de-emphasized and compressed at the bottom of an article).

So I think it's good to have both to cater to both groups. It's not too difficult to combine the two into one website, since both are based on LAMP stack.
Genius.