I wanted to let you know we've made a minor change to the Main Page by decreasing the blogs and increasing the discussion topics.
We have a couple of technical glitches with the blogs. Ning has set them to a "must be pre-approved" mode that makes posting a blog a pain in the butt for most of you, and I am unable to change that setting. The other issue is that once a blog falls off the Main Page it's gone, and adding a new comment will not put the blog back on the Main Page. In fact, from time to time we go back into the archives and delete blog posts that are over six months old. Therefore we recommend using the blogs section for time sensitive messages, such as announcements of upcoming events, birthday or holiday wishes, posts about your vacation to Tombstone, a question about a project you're involved with, and so on.
The discussion forum is more user friendly. Any member start a discussion post, and, once archived, they can be revived and will automatically reappear back on the Main Page when a new comment is posted. We recommend using the discussion forum for historical and historical related topics, and we have a wide range of categories, such as Early Pioneers, The Civil War, Western Cooking and Cuisine, and The Pony Express, which is our miscellaneous category.
So I guess we must be doing something right because we're hearing few, if any, complaints. While the daily activity ebbs and flows we've noticed that overall the level of participation is very good, especially when you consider this is a relatively small forum. We also want to encourage those of you who are readers only to jump in and post. This is a very user-friendly forum and we don't allow any trolls.