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Isn't a blog with a comments feature much like a forum (ie post = responses)? I know a blog is more of a publication and content is usually controlled by the blog owner.
But if you are starting a community site...which would you prefer? A blog with comments (with articles by members) or an open forum?
Old content is more visible
The fundamental failing of blogs, as I see it, is that old content is lost, despite having a hyperlink on the main page.
Also good comments are lost in the mess of posts.
Also you have duplicate content issues.
However I think a heavily SEO'ed forum would be the best system for growing a community, as each post would have equal weighting, and equal indexing.
I just wonder if a blog is easier for noobs to get hooked on...I found that in the niche I'm targeting many people couldnt fathom the idea of a forum. Give them some content and then allow them to post (w admin review of course)
I guess forums require a critical mass that maybe a blog can acquire...give them content and they will come and then give them a forum to respond?