Forums vs the Blog

This was actually my first posting but I am still getting use to this. I think I will follow the advice in Rebecca’s Pocket … don’t post anything you have to edit.

Forums were the rage for the longest time, now to be replaced by blogs. Well, replaced may not be the approriate word but blogs are making a HUGE impact on how we communicate. I am not an expert by any means but I would define blogs, the slang term for web logs, as a mixture of venting to your peer group, sharing helpful information and the thrill of being published.

Do you have a blog? How do you use your blog? Do you have a blog AND forums for your site? How do you utilize both without being redundant?

On going solo

I’m self-taught. What does that mean? It means I am ready to go back to school and get the piece of paper I am required to have to prove to everyone that know what I am talking about.

Over the last 20 years freelance work I have been blessed with some pretty incredible and resourceful clients. I’ve never needed to advertise, not once. All of my business has been by word of mouth. I have never had my own domain, till now and despite speedbumps I have never felt more confident.

I recently revamped my logo. I have had a web site for quite some time now on Geocities but have outgrown it. The look worked for a while but my web design skills are much more advanced and my style, as always, has refined itself since then. Change is good though not always easy and it was time that I evolved and re-evaluated myself.

Renmeleon.com, my new domain is a lifetime dream for me. Plans for the site include…

– free downloads
– Renlog a personal weblog and RSS feed to incorporate this blog
– client profiles
– merchant links to places where you can acquire your very own Renmeleon art
– a gallery section for commissioned pieces and sold art
– a calendar of appearances, festivals, giveaways and events, online and in the world

One of the most exciting features for me already is the Renmeleon forum. The forum area will be full of projects and discussion areas to promote full interactivity in the site. Though the new site is not “live” yet, please feel free to register for the forums. There are a few things posted already but I will be sending out a forum email to let everyone know when the site goes live and will of course be announcing it on the forums.

I am still learning so the site will evolve as my skills do. I rely on feedback from clients and peers alike to refine my products and my site. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to contribute.

Ria