I was just wondering how many use the blog section either to post or respond there? I consider the blog section here to be somewhat of a no-man's land. I suspect they were seen as something that could attract people to the site. But I see a downside.
20+ years ago I was pretty active in Usenet... a pre-web system of forums. It was designed to have a logical layout making it easy for topics to be found... such as us.politics.elections.2000 and the place new forums were proposed and debated was another forum called Config. Debated there was whether the new forum proposal fit into the logical hierarchical naming convention and whether it was duplicative of existing forums? Would the new forum pull users from an existing forum that was already struggling? The idea was to make it easy to find a topic one was interested in... and be able to meet others interested in the topic all to facilitate efficient discussion. The WWW destroyed much of that efficiency. Anyone could set up forums anywhere... and it didn't matter of there were 300 identical forums at 300 different sites.
The blog section here reminds me of what the WWW did to Usenet... it pulls people out of the forums. So instead of a reader finding a forum that revolves around a topic... the new "forum" revolves around a person and the topic is secondary. I suspect that's why we don't see Thom's posts in the forums anymore... and who knows if he even reads the posts or responses to his blog. And sure... Thom deserves his own space... after all it his his site.
The blogs just don't pull great topics and people from the topical forums the mechanism there is unlike the forums where active topics get bumped to the top. Blog topics no matter how active get bumped down when a new article is added and the community archive feature is hardly the easiest to use.
The blog section reminds me of a forum I often posted to. It was for a NPR daily radio show and the comment section was set up for every show... which meant in a few days, people would move on to the new shows. The old forum topics would languish. Unlike a forum where older topics are still easy to find... those blog posts are so difficult to find... I wonder what's the point. All this is to suggest I think the blog section should be reconsidered. And why should the blog section get preferential posting options such as for images and embeds?
Just my 2c.