I have been involved in a few conversations lately about how Blogging Richmond Hill works and why it is so different from the blog over at Bryan County News. I’ll try to explain the best I can.
The blog at Bryan County News is designed to support forum style discussion. While these venues are typically called “forums,” BCN chose the “blog” moniker. Whatever they call it, it’s great. You can create an account, log in and type to your heart’s content. It is a wild time over there. If you haven’t been, you should really check it out.
Blogging Richmond Hill is set up as weblog. Blogs are typically single author with open comment sections for discussion. You can check out Making Life Work for You (shameless plug) to see an example of this. You can also go through the blog roll (labeled “The Essentials” on the left hand side) to check out other blogs I really like and you’ll get the idea.
Going through the blog roll, you’ll find a few multi-author blogs. In fact, a friend of mine also writes with me at My Beautiful Chaos (another shameless plug). When you see this, typically the blog owner has invited someone to be a contributor on the blog. This usually happens when the blog owner likes the writing style of someone who may think a little different or sounds a little different to add diversity to the blog. It also eases the burden of the blog owner to produce all the content.
Why is it done this way? Well, blogging is more like a magazine I guess. The owners work very hard on them, spend good money for them and strive to protect content, readability, and readership. So, while anybody can comment, suggest and discuss – the posting is left up to the author(s) or guest posters.
However, while Blogging Richmond Hill is currently a single author blog, this author is open to a lot of ideas.
- Are you a writer? We can talk.
- Do you have article ideas or community questions? Send them over.
- Do you just have something to say on a particular post? Comment away – I turned off all the requirements for identification as anonymity seems to important to some folks in this small community we live in.
I hope this helps clear up the differences. Blogging is a neat device with lots of tools. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, or just want to learn a little more about how to navigate through the blogging community – feel free to give me a call.