The SE folks are providing the opportunity to create a community blog to showcase discussions on the site. They've outlined a number of steps that a community could take in order to get this going, and the first few are:
- Raise the idea on the child meta. A community blog needs the involvement of community members.
- Define the scope and purpose of the blog. Is the blog about the site? Is it about the site’s topic? Is it about the industry around the topic? Keep in mind the audience of your community and their interests. Another generic blog about may not be all that interesting.
- Recruit contributors. Who will write entries for the blog? Starting a blog is a bit like going through the buffet line. Be realistic – don’t let your eyes be bigger than your stomach. Think seriously about if and how often you will be able to contribute a blog post, including research/prep time.
- Plan a schedule. Given the results of steps #2 and #3, think about a rough idea of a schedule for the blog. Will there be one post a week, posted Mondays? Will there be posts on Tuesdays and posts on Fridays? You don’t need to be pushing out posts daily, but I would say at least one post a week.
It could be a nice way of having a 'best of the week at cstheory' or something along those lines. In any case, this post is a placeholder for discussion on this topic. For now, let's focus on the second bullet, namely the scope and purpose of such a blog.
Update: some of the ideas suggested so far, based on comments:
- Highlighting interesting questions/discussion on the site
- Expository material on particular sub-areas, as well as 'new results' in the area, with subjective discussions.
- coordinating meetups at conferences.
Update, June 23, 2011: more information about the blog
Update, Jul 7, 2011: The blog should be ready in a week or so. So start drafting posts !