I was thinking about how there are relatively few regulars that post new topics to GGD, they either link to news or just respond to what topics other users bring up, and I wonder if the reason is due to journals being a feature on GameSpot. I mean, if I recall, a lot of what used to be posted on GGD was fairly personal in nature; one person would be playing through a game that was a couple years old, and they'd relate their experiences in a GGD post. Now, that sort of thing usually ends up with a blog post. I do having a blog, but I wonder if we're making a mistake by putting our game-related experiences on our blogs instead of the game boards.
I'm starting to think I should reserve my blog for rants, and post anything game-related thoughts to GGD.
I'm really trying to think of as many things as I can to get that place active again, and I think loosening up the moderation there is the first and biggest step. I'd love to see more people make threads on the GGD.
I've seen someone make a thread where they just talked about to a game, and people came in and told him to blog it. That, and along with the stricter moderation, has really stifled the discussion of that place.