I'm going to bring this up again. Things here are getting mighty close to being a forum. And as you did start a forum for Quantico, perhaps it's time to go ahead and make one for your site in general?
From: Greg Bear
Good thought. I'm still learning how to use the blog software. Perhaps it will all come together!
Something else that came to mind....well, because I never visit your front page, so I hadn't seen you'd started a 'journal' blog....is that having a general forum you could have a sub-forum for your journal stuff, everyone could comment, but you could lock out others starting threads in it. Then all your stuff would be in one main area and all.
From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: Cauterets, France
I was wondering if there is a problem with a forum if that what this is, as opposed to a blog. If this is a forum where fans and/or participents can confer and communicate..especially with a host like Greg Bear who takes time to comment to us mortals when many other writers would just shove us into a blogspot..speaks reams and reams for the quality of this author.
Personally I find it amazing that he answers mail at all! ..especially as many of us have a particular view on things..For my part I say ..Long Live Discussion! and BOO! to Forums!
Thanks Greg for your work and participation whatever you decide to do.
Hi everyone - yes, since this portion of the site was really functioning as a discussion board/forum (it was originally going to be a combination of a discussion board and a blog), I renamed it as such, and Greg has started a seperate blog (which is actually a blog) at http://blog.gregbear.com. There is a link to it on the top menu bar of the page.
The home page (http://www.gregbear.com) has teasers for the most recent blog postings, too. Both the blog and the discussion boards have RSS feeds, too, for those of you that find it easier to keep track of everything. The discussion board's RSS feed is at: http://www.gregbear.com/gregbear.xml and the blog's RSS feed is at: http://blog.gregbear.com/?feed=rss2
Personally, I like having the blog and the discussion board separate, because they have slightly different purposes, and some people might want to only follow one and not the other. Does anyone else have any opinions on this?
Actually, I can't see an issue with them being incorporated, except that some might get distracted with the 'discussion' threads of the forum. MM.
And on that note, a true forum is far handier when re-dressing old, especially very old topics, as they are shuffled to the top of the cue.
From: Greg Bear
Still trying out the blog format vs forum format. I need to post more blogs...