Will Blogging Kill Discussion Boards like the BaptistBoard?

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  1. Hardsheller

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    Is anyone else noticing the shift away from Discussion Boards like Baptist Board to Blogs?

    I am currently finding that my appetite for online discussion is being more than adequately fed by Blogs that interest me. That combined with a growing podcasting community among Baptists has almost convinced me that "they must increase and this must decrease."

    Just some thoughts for discussion. See I'm trying to maintain a presence in both worlds! :D
     
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    you know of any goof free blog hosting sites with good tools and templates, harsheller ? let me know. do you have a blog site ? or any favorites ?
     
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    Many of my friends are using Google Blogger

    Google BLOGGER

    I use a proprietary Blog module that comes with my webhosting service. I'm not entirely happy with it but until I can find exactly what I want I'll stick with it.

    Yes I have a blog. I've sent you the address in a private email.

    My Favorites tend to be Southern Baptists who are Calvinists. Tom Ascol of Founders Ministry would be an example.

    I want to start putting our Church's Sermons on the Web in 2006 through Podcasting.
     
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    I don't see how conversation can ever be
    displaced by monologues :confused:
     
  5. Hardsheller

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    Ed, most blogs are designed so that comments can be added by readers. It's in the comments section of the blog where the discussion and conversation is taking place.
     
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    Well with 13,000 members and new people joining all the time, I don't see how people are shifting away from discussion boards. I think blogs are great and enhance the discussions on here.
     
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    Remember Alta-Vista Search Engine?

    I didn't think so.

    Things change almost overnight in Internet-World.

    Time will tell if my prophecy is correct!
     
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    I like blogs ok. Started one of my own this year. They are, however, a bit restrictive in my mind to take away from the BB popularity. I guess it depends on your personality. If you like discussions to be more controled, restricted, and calm, then blogs are probably for you, and you would definitely not like the BB format. On the other hand, if you like to have the freedom to post on just about any topic you want to discuss, then the BB format is for you and you probably would not like blogs too much.

    Me? I like both.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    Some blogs are nothing more than propoganda devices and are misleading at best.
     
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    While I enjoy both Blogs and Discussion boards such as this one, I wanted to point out that just because a discussion board has 13,000 members does not make it a "success"

    You have to look at the number of people that are active in a board. Of the 13,000 how many post on a regular basis, why do they post? What keeps the others from posting? What can be done to get the non-posters posting to help grow the board?

    These are the types of questions that one should look at.

    I ran a BBS many many moons before the Internet was the "thing". You had to dial into our system, not be conneted instantly, and at one point we had 8 lines, which was a fairly large system.

    Then the Web came and made things easier to get to without having to dial into a system.

    Many BBS failed, some even tried to make the jump from BBS to the Web, with little succes.

    I stopped working with my BBS and started focusing on the web and developing for the web.

    So, don't just look at the user numbers and say Success. Look at the activity and how the system/Board/Blog works with the users.

    And I do think that discussion boards like this, will go the way of everything else as things are developed and used. Blogs and Podcasts are still fairly new ideas and look how they have taken off over the last year or so.

    Discussion boards like this are good for historical purposes, maintaining information for future use/reference.

    Jamie
     
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    So are some Podcasts and Discussion Boards and Websites.

    Everything has it's edges.. Some left, Some right, Some middle ground.. No matter what medium we use, it's something we can't get away from.

    Jamie
     
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    What I wonder sometimes is if eventually those things will turn into a nightmare because there is so much erroneous information out there. Will we need more law schools and courts in the future to accomodate the growing number of lawsuits?
     
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    gb93433,

    You are much too pessimistic.

    Can America handle complete freedom of Speech within the bounds of existing law?

    That is the real question.

    Plus - anyone who knowingly publishes a lie should be sued. Sad to say that would plenty of journalists today out of business, wouldn't it?
     
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    I do not think blogs will replace discussion boards completely because people are more likely to participate in the discussion here than on blogs. I read several blogs each week, but I do not post on any of them. But I do post on the boards I am a part of.
     
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    I guess the dozen or so bloggs I've seen
    foster one sentence answers or don't even
    allow answers at all?
     
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    I guess the dozen or so bloggs I've seen
    foster one sentence answers or don't even
    allow answers at all?
    </font>[/QUOTE]Yes, that's changing as this whole Blogosphere grows and develops.
     
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    Yesterday I jumped into the "blogosphere" (and don't really know what I am doing). My first post can be found here:

    http://baptistsearch.blogspot.com

    Any feedback will be welcomed. I've already had a few friends complain that it is too hard to leave feedback. Should I be looking for another blog site?

    To answer the original question - this may be the wave of the future, but I don't see it affecting the BaptistBoard any time soon. I know my way around here. On my own blog site I'll have to learn to crawl before I can walk.
     
  19. Hardsheller

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    Yes, it is hard to leave feedback on some Blogs. I think that will change very quickly.

    The blog oriented discussion among Southern Baptist bloggers is increasing daily especially Southern Baptist Calvinists.

    I'll send a link to your PM
     
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    gb93433,

    You are much too pessimistic.

    Can America handle complete freedom of Speech within the bounds of existing law?

    That is the real question.

    Plus - anyone who knowingly publishes a lie should be sued. Sad to say that would plenty of journalists today out of business, wouldn't it?
    </font>[/QUOTE]Perhaps I am too pessimistic but it seems that the number of lawsuits is growing.

    Expressing opinion can be done within the responsibility of ethics.
     

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