Lotharson, there are a few creative ways around this.
First, for your own blog, you can post a topic and call it by the name of your blog:
Son of Lothar thoughts from middle earth . . . (just making something up here)
And then every time you make a new blog post, you can add it into that topic. When you do, this will pop your topic up to the top of the "active topics list" so that everyone will be sure to see it.
Second, for asking for opinions on other articles on the internet, you can start a second topic:
**Thoughts and Queries from all around the Multiverse**
Journeys of a Lotharian Hobbit (okay, so I'd better not quit my day job and go looking for comedy gigs!) :laughing:
Every time you add a new link, this will likewise pop your topic up to the top so people will have a chance to see and perhaps click on your links, and comment.
The advantage to all this is that we have a more manageable topic load for the moderators to page through so that everyone is better protected from cranky people (like me sometimes!) AND that with fewer, more active topics, it also makes it easier for visitors to find their way around. Your topic, if people like it, stays active as opposed to being eclipsed by a new topic about nearly the same thing, posted by someone who perhaps didn't notice your existing topic. If the somebody has already started his topic for the week, perhaps he'll go fishing and find your topic. He'll read all the great stuff already written there, and then he'll add his own ideas and/or questions. That makes for a lot less re-explaining of things that you actually just said last week -- twice -- or was it thrice?
I think the one new topic per week rule is a great idea (and I didn't even think it up). We were becoming somewhat cluttered. Now we can make "boxes" for all our new topics so that they stay more or less neatly arranged and much more easily discovered by the intrepid explorer.
I hope that helps, Lotharson. Everyone wants you to be comfortable here, and I think you'll find this new format isn't as restrictive as it seems at first. You just need to alter the way you do things slightly. You can still talk as much as you want to.