A few weeks ago I read this excellent post by Randa Clay on reasons every blogger should participate in forums.
I have to say that I agree with Randa’s list of forum participation benefits. My own experience with forums has been extremely positive. In fact, I might not even be blogging today if it hadn’t been for those that I ‘met’ through online forums.
Yet, just a few days after reading Randa’s post, two of my favorite blogging forums closed down for good.
Now, I have to admit (with some degree of guilt) that I had not been paying enough attention to said forums. I’d allowed business to get in the way.
I fully understand that forums require a lot of work. Forum moderation, in and of itself, can be a full-time job.
I have to wonder, though, were the closures more than just a coincidence? Were these closures a sign of a coming trend? Are forums and message boards on their way to becoming a thing of the past?
What do you think?
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