First - I'm only expressing my opinion here. I make no claims to represent the moderators in this post.
I would like to express some thoughts about these Blog Posts. Blog Posts are a nice feature of the forum. It's a great way to get into conversations in a sort of "panel" fashion where you and your audience converse one-on-one. I would encourage everyone to consider using this feature to have some lively discussions.
However, these things don't seem to be taking off all that well. Perhaps a bit of etiquette would be in order, so I want to propose some "rules" if you will, rules that should make the blog posts more interesting and invite participation:
1) As a blog "owner", you are soliciting one-on-one discussions from people. People want to talk to you! So it's not a place to advance your personal agenda and manipulate the respondents' replies to your own ends by picking and choosing what you will post. Having the power to review the posts before making them visible is only there to ensure good taste, not give you the "last word". That's somewhat unkind and discourages participation. It ends up being a bit like a bad radio talk show otherwise.
2) Be timely in your replies and be generous to people. Don't leave a brother or sister hanging. It's understandable if you are busy or out of town, but there are limits of civility here. You're in a conversation, so long delays imply that you're ignoring your audience. If you don't have the time for it, don't start it.
3) If you start a blog and no one replies within a few days, it is clear there was no interest. Your advertisers have left the building and and no one is watching. Pull the post. Note - we have a lot of "zero reply" blog posts right now.
4) The Blog Post isn't a place to "pin a topic". Just because you can post something and no one wants to reply, it doesn't mean you have "won" and your idea is up there for perpetuity. This is kind of like 5) below:
5) This is perhaps the most controversial thing I'll say, but the blog posts are not there for bizarre and strange ideas. That is, if you couldn't get anyone to agree with you in the normal threads, or people find your ideas "out there", it doesn't suddenly mean "the blog posts are for you". It's not a place to suddenly spread unpopular ideas that weren't accepted before. If people didn't like what you said in a regular post, why should it be forced to the front and center with a blog post? Blog posts are not a way to "have the last word" all over again.
6) The blog post may not be the best place to advertise new recordings etc. I struggle with this one because we are all here to share our music and worship, so it's hard to say where the best place would be. Perhaps a regular post? I'm not against regular members saying, "hey, check out my new album at this link". I'm just not sure the Blog Post is going to get you a lot of traffic. I don't know, maybe it's actually a good idea. Thoughts?
7) Don't add "like" votes to your own blog post. I see that this has happened a few times. It's in poor taste. Of course you like your own blog or you wouldn't have started it. Maybe we should change the "like" to "hog happy".
I promise to follow these rules in this blog. I plan to leave it up for a few days and then take it down, unless there is discussion.