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Andrew Beasley Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 1:34 p.m. PST

Now he who should be praised (The Editor) has sorted posting pictures here do we need blogs anymore?

No – this site does it all
Yes – the site does not do …
Yes – other reason

Please discuss and or vote.

For me:
Yes as I have editorial control and can link topics by tags

The Monstrous Jake12 Jul 2011 1:48 p.m. PST

Yes, we still need blogs. Blogs are more than just posting a few pictures now and then. Well, mine is at least.

I also prefer to have control over page layout and content, all in my own domain.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 1:52 p.m. PST

Pictures are a great help.

There are those of us who are constrained by browser filters from visiting blogs. For those folks, if you don't say it here, they likley won't see it.

So….yes, we still need blogs, but don't assume that a link will get eyeballs on page.

Andrew Beasley Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 1:57 p.m. PST

but don't assume that a link will get eyeballs on page

Interesting comment.

I've seen an increase in visitors when I put a detailed description and a picture then just a quick sumary and the link.

Angel Barracks Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 1:58 p.m. PST

Yes, these threads can be hard/effort to follow for years on end.
Until there are topic reply notifications and more functionality, yes we need blogs, or PHP forums.

Andrew May112 Jul 2011 2:01 p.m. PST


Pat Ripley Fezian12 Jul 2011 2:03 p.m. PST

this site is good for all the voices. commercial stuff, crazy french dudes that post links to obsure stuff, gof's, trolls and the newbies that wander in. our blogs let us do ur own things in our own time.


Pat Ripley Fezian12 Jul 2011 2:04 p.m. PST

i was just thinking the same thing angel barracks. if a topic drops off the front page i tend to lose interest as i cant find them quickly.
something like a button to find my posts would be helpful for those of us who tend to have a few conversations going at once.

rct7500112 Jul 2011 2:11 p.m. PST

I like blogs because I retain control – but especially as I can tag things and then focus my search

Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2011 2:18 p.m. PST

Yes. Blog functionality goes far beyond the ability to post pictures.

Blount Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2011 2:33 p.m. PST

Did we ever?

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 3:02 p.m. PST

TMP patently does not "do it all" – go to other gaming forums and you'll likely find people who've never heard of it, let alone visited it. Tabletop Gaming News seems to be a bit quicker about getting headlines out, for one thing. A blog can be advertised at multiple sites, and get an audience potentially wider than the readership of a single website.

Interesting comment.

I've seen an increase in visitors when I put a detailed description and a picture then just a quick sumary and the link.

If the blogger can't be bothered to put any more than "link" into a post advertising his blog, I can't be bothered clicking it, simple as that. grin

Personal logo richarDISNEY Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2011 3:10 p.m. PST


Battlescale Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 3:19 p.m. PST


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2011 3:21 p.m. PST

Yes. Blogs are a chance for individuals to ramble on (sorry !) at length, and some are really interesting, others less so, but either way it's more than a TMP posting.

streetline Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 3:40 p.m. PST

When TMP emails everyone in my local club with what games are on next week, I'll consider scrapping our blog….


combatpainter Fezian12 Jul 2011 4:19 p.m. PST

Sort of….

deanoware Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 4:38 p.m. PST

Is there a FAQ on how to post pictures directly in your message. I still do not know how as pasting does not work.

galvinm Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 5:11 p.m. PST

Heck yea!

Some of you guys are so good, I have y'all saved as favorites. I sure appreciate all you guys that do all that work to set up a blog, update it, and link to it. They are great informational tools for forgetful, lazy, OLD guys like me.

kallman12 Jul 2011 8:01 p.m. PST

Let the market decide. grin

Little Big Wars Inactive Member12 Jul 2011 9:09 p.m. PST

I just wish that all bloggers would post the link to their blog entry instead of the blog itself. If I look at a thread months after the initial post I may have to pour over multiple pages just to find the relevant entry, and I may well get bored before that happens.

That's why when I post links to my blog I try to give the reader a description, a link to the blog entry in question, and now, a sample pic.

And no, this site does not do it all, it does some things well, but not all things.

6sided Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 5:35 a.m. PST


A blog is a website. Its not a post with a few pics on a forum. It is your personal site, space online to post your own content and discuss your hobby. It is your way to be creative with the look of it and the structure. YOu can post what you want without opening a massive debate if you want.

You can link to friends, use cool gadgets to share your posts, allow people to befriend you, follow your blog through RSS or email updates.

You can also use your own domain name, if you want to get all formal, so you have a real identity that people remember and visit.

Blogs (websites) and forums – apple and oranges.

And yes, I have a vested interest in my reply!


Jaz – Blogs For Wargamres!

CeruLucifus13 Jul 2011 9:25 a.m. PST

No, blogs still have their place. As some bloggers do, they can post a brief description here with a link.

Pat Ripley: …something like a button to find my posts would be helpful …
Ask and ye shall receive:

Use the Message Boards link off the TMP home page. In the search field, type in your username, and select the radio button to search "authors".

yarr68 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2011 12:31 p.m. PST

Yes of course we do??

Angel Barracks Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 12:34 p.m. PST

Ask and ye shall receive:

Use the Message Boards link off the TMP home page. In the search field, type in your username, and select the radio button to search "authors".

Only useful for finding threads you start though, not posts.
I think.

Grand Duke Natokina Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 1:38 p.m. PST

BLOG away says I.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2011 1:41 p.m. PST


Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2011 1:48 p.m. PST


AndrewGPaul Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 3:16 p.m. PST

"also, BTW, shows the two pictures above in this topic in a much, much smaller size than it does in Firefox"

Make sure the Firefox and IE windows are identically-sized; Bill's added some javascript which resizes images based on the current window size. Using Firefox 5 and IE 9, the images are identically sized when the windows are the same size.

Willtij Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 4:21 p.m. PST

I have no beef against blogs. I go to the one that interest me and the rest I don't think about.

abdul666lw Inactive Member13 Jul 2011 10:53 p.m. PST

Forums and blogs have totally different objectives.
Forums allow to friendly exchanges of information and advices of all kinds -historical, material (minis, models, rules…) and provide 'dazibaos' to post 'flashnews': links to 'noteworthy' new posts on one's blog [and yes, please post a link to the *relevant post*, not to the blog as a whole].

Blogs are 'homogeneous' topic-devoted personal diaries and showcases, the blogger can detail at leisure battle reports, personal rules tutorials… and any campaign background; specially when developing imaginary countries and conflicts. Map, History, OOB, politics, flags and uniforms of an Imagi-Nation have nothing to do on a forum. Labels / tags allow an easy exploration of archives.

If you have a question to ask, post it on a forum: hundreds or thousands of people will read it and a number will reply.
Your personal projects and achievements are exposed on your blog: only those interested will peruse it.
Short, accurately linked 'adverts' on forums keep those potentially interested aware of your progresses.

Pauls Bods Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2011 8:41 a.m. PST

What would i do without my blog!!!? :-D
Iīve made a lot of great contacts through my well as forums like here. I donīt know wether I would have found out and seen so much if I hadnīt of started a blog.

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2011 3:26 a.m. PST

I am a happy blogger! – TMP has got me 90%+ page views I have had, the remainder come mostly from Pauls Bods – a GREAT blog!- or The Angry Lurker, or A Slight distraction by Andy Mcmaster, both also excellent blogs.

I like being able to put pics on TMP….

Just copy the picture URL from the address bar, paste it in here and…

.. Presto!

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