As some of you may remember, I used to post blog entries here, shortly after we fist moved to the Ning site. Some of you may have noticed that after awhile, I stopped. Since no one asked me why I stopped, I assumed that this was not a matter of general interest, and so never offered any explanation for the stoppage. However, it's something that has been on my mind on-and-off ever since, and so I'm posting today - not, I hasten to add, in hopes of provoking a clamor for me to start blogging again, but instead for the exapnsion of my own understanding.
To clarify - around the time I posted my last blog entry, someone - I don't remember who, and I wouldn't want to seem to be singling anyone out, anyway - posted in the forums their observation that many of the blog entries that had been posted up to that point were of such a nature that they could just as easily have been posted in the forums, and did not need to be posted as blog entries as such.
Now, I don't know that that was aimed at me, but nevertheless, it gave me pause. I had been blogging on topics that interested me that I hoped would also interest those who read my offerings. Thinking about it, led to the question - what ought a blog post to be? What should distinguish a "blog" post from a "run-of-the-mill" forum post? It seemed to me that many of the blog entries posted on the board could just as easily have been posted in the forums. (Note: This is not meant to disparage any of the other folks who post blog entries - all better writers than I, to a man.)
So, I stopped blogging until I could come up with a satisfactory answer, and since, so far, I haven't been able to do so, I'm bringing the questions to you folks:
What ought a blog post to be? What should distinguish a "blog" post from a "run-of-the-mill" forum post?