36th Annual Convention 
March 2015
Virginia Beach, VA

Blog and Forum (Discussion Board)

When should I use the Blog function?

  • Blogs should be updated with new content from time to time.
  • Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
  • Blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments or message each other. Blogs provide commentary on a particular subject.
  • Blogs combines text, images, and links to other blogs, websites and other media related to its topic.

When should I use the forum/message board?

  • Forums/message boards are online discussions where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.
  • Within a forum's topic, each new discussion started is called a thread, and can be replied to by as many people as wish to.

 What are the differences?

    • The primary purpose of a blog is commentary, and the responses are not integral.
    • The primary purpose of forums and discussion boards is inquiry, and responses ARE integral.
    • Blogs involve one topic or issue while forum conversations may splinter into new threads.
      Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis
       Executive Director, International Listening Association 
      Box 164, Belle Plaine MN 56011 USA
      Phone and TEXT: 1.952.594.5697 
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