Blogs tend to be more personal, and give the author greater control. They also shouldn't be confused with threads, which are focused more on discussion, where blogs would be more focused on the original content, and to a lesser degree the comments.I'm debating whether to add a blog feature but doesn't this sort of defeat the purpose of having a forum? If members can interact with one another in their own blog on my forum, why have the forum?
Twak amungst yaselfs... I'm feeling vaklempt.
LN Blog adds to message count, so that isn't a worry. Blogs are also a way to create new content that is more personal original content, which will get picked up by search engines.Thank you guys.... I'm just worried about blogs taking away from forum content and counts. I didn't implement this on my past forums but I'm considering them now. Never thought of having them as a paid benefit. Something to think about.
Every forum platform that has a blog feature/add-on generally has horrible integration, and users generally go without knowing anything about it. vBBlog for 3.x and early 4.x (Not sure if it has changed as I don't even visit vBulletin sites) is a perfect example; the integration was severely poor and users weren't able to find the content easily. IPB has a similar problem, and until 3.2 their design was complete and utter ass (Complete waste of white space).Blogs are useless unless you or other members are good writers and continuously write and update them.
99% of blogs go nowhere due to the above.