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Old 03-22-2009, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There didn't seem to be a current place for this. I'd like to suggest a subforum, where users can create a thread chronicling their snowboarding journeys. Of course anyone can comment in the thread.

For beginners, it would be a good way to keep track of how you are progressing. For some people it could be a photo log from all the resorts they went. For experienced people, they can talk about the latest awesome jumps, or whatever it is that experienced people do. It would be up to users to create a thread only if they want to and make it about whatever the hell they wanted.

There didn't seem to be a place for these types of threads. I'd have a thread keeping tracking of all the types of equipment I've tried and the various tweaks that I've made and whether they worked or not, and generally how I'm progressing.

Of course it is the end of the season for most people, but it would be cool to have something like this to get ready for next season.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that's a great idea!

People just put their logs up in random sections currently
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Old 03-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i some what like the idea, could full up with shiza threads though if people don't take photos
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dont know about most people...
but i know i always take butt loads of photos when im out in colorado =p
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:40 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If your wondering what snowy means by personal blog, click the bit under his avatar 'Blog Entries: 4'
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Honestly, I think your personal blog is the best place for this. We have equipment reviews, resort reviews, trip reports etc. If everyone made their own thread logging their personal journey, it would be difficult for the people interested to keep track of. Your personal blog through this site is an ideal venue for this.
huh, I didn't know we have blogs. Well, that's why it would be a subforum, so threads about a particular user are not scattered throughout the site. They are just in one place, if people want to look in there and see what is going on with someone they can. But, hmm, I see what you are saying. You are afraid that if people discuss their trips, equipment reviews etc, in a personal thread, all of that good information would be spread throughout the forum instead of the known subforums. I guess I can see that argument. But I think something to consider is a subforum like this can really increase the interest of casual users to come back more often, than they would just to look up a review. I could be wrong and no one would use it. But if people start chronicling their progress, or whatever, it can increase sense of community. There could always be a disclaimer, that specific reviews should be copied into the appropriate forum.

I'm a member of a fitness site where there is a subforum for journals, they also have the blog feature. Most journal in a thread and not a blog. I don't know, I think people just prefer the format that the rest of site is based in. It also has not taken away from the other subforums discussing reviews and such. The journal or log, becomes more of a daily work things out keep track of things. But I don't know, in this case maybe you are right. Of course, I usually need to use the search feature to find anything anyway, unless you check the site daily.

What I would use it for, is to keep track specifically of how I'm improving. Changes I've made, whether they worked. Although I probably won't be snowboarding for the next 8 months so it's not so important now maybe I'll bring it up again next year.
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But you can keep track of how you are improving through your blog anyway. We could always make a sticky post in the appropriate section of the site called, for example, 'Blog Updates'. In which you can post a link to your blog and a small overview of the blog post the link refers too.

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Old 03-23-2009, 05:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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But you can keep track of how you are improving through your blog anyway. We could always make a sticky post in the appropriate section of the site called, for example, 'Blog Updates'. In which you can post a link to your blog and a small overview of the blog post the link refers too.

eg.
'LINK'

overview
-learnt to ride rainbow rails
-review on 'brand' board
-pics from week in alaska
I see what you are saying with the links. I would use a personal thread as a place to collect my random thoughts on how I am progressing. But most of the time it would be stuff that I just don't think is blog worthy. This weekend I moved my stance out to 22" to see what it was like, I didn't really like it, so I moved it back to 20". I did a number of other tweaks that day too, some of which worked. I don't know, a blog would seem like it would need to be more interesting, when really I'm just looking for a place to write out how I'm progressing. If someone reads it, great, if not oh well. If someone reads it and starts giving feedback on something I did, than that is great. What usually happens, is that you collect a number of journal/logs that you like to check on a regular basis and you get to follow along (in a non internet stalker kind of way).


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Yea but not everybody reads blogs ok...I dont read anyones blog. Personally ive put some blogs together but they dont do much for me. I feel like im posting to myself Plus blogs have all sorts of non snowboarding shit in there anyway. Now if there was a progression thread or subforum that I would post and read as well
I feel the same way. As the blogs are a different format from the rest of the site it creates a barrier to reading them and writing them. Are blogs searched when the search function is used?

Well, I'm new here, so I would not want to champion something that the mods don't agree with. Maybe we could start a poll, and see if there is interest?
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Is it possible to add a feature that doesn't allow you to start a thread in a certain section unless you have achieved a certain number of posts? Because if thats possible i could see this working, everyone could comment but for example lets say to make a thread you had to have more than 200 posts. Otherwise the section could pile up with shiza threads.

(200 is just an example)
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Is it possible to add a feature that doesn't allow you to start a thread in a certain section unless you have achieved a certain number of posts? Because if thats possible i could see this working, everyone could comment but for example lets say to make a thread you had to have more than 200 posts. Otherwise the section could pile up with shiza threads.

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Well so the beauty of that, is good stuff rises to the top. the fitness forum I was talking about has plenty of journals that get started very enthusiastically (usually soon after Jan 1) and die off after the person loses interest after a few days and gives up. But these quickly get swept downstream. The users that post regularly to their logs/journals are always coming up at the top of that subforum. So it has it's own filtering system.

So I have only been reading on here regularly the last week. Is there a lot of trash out there? I guess I don't really know.
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