Re: Posts added to all MU blogs showing on one forum???
“Different people like blogs than like forums, and topics in blogs rarely are formatted in the way you would for a forum. Your mileage may vary, of course, but a beautifully crafted blog post, in my experience, is a tl;dr post on a forum.” – Ipstenu
That’s a good point Ipstenu, but it’s being managed already. Here are some examples of political blogs on the left and the right linking forums to blogs:
SALON (political left)
– Blog posts are presented like forum topics here: http://open.salon.com/cover.php?view_sort=recent
– The authors’ blogs are listed here: http://open.salon.com/people.php
Pajamas Media (political right)
– Blog posts are presented like forum topics here: http://pajamasmedia.com/
– The authors’ blogs are listed here: http://pajamasmedia.com/pajamasxpress/
I don’t know how much of that’s developed in house or updated manually, but I can’t imagine a better system for both bloggers an forum members.
tl;dr? That’s fine. The bloggers won’t suffer if most of the forum members don’t read a post that they’d have never known existed anyway, and the forum won’t suffer from a few long topics being posted to a list of relevant chatter.
Off the top of my head, I can’t come up with an example of where blogs and forums that are focused on an identical narrow subject would integrate poorly. The focus just has to be well defined, or at least it can’t vary between the blogs and the forum. If it does, direct the incompatible blogs to a new forum (or to no forum). That’s just part of community management.