A weekly schedule would be awesome, but I don't think it's feasible. We were aiming at a weekly schedule for the Programmers blog as well, but we soon realized that publishing once a fortnight was far more attainable. We really don't have to decide the schedule now and I'm proposing we do exactly what we did with the Programmers blog and decide the schedule after our first articles are already written and we've seen how much we can cope with in practice.
We'll have to have a few articles ready (written and proofread) before we launch anyway, to convince both Stack Exchange and ourselves that we can maintain a blog, so I think the smart thing to do here is to decide the schedule after we've seen how much time it take us to write at least four articles. If I remember correctly we had four articles ready before launching the Programmers blog, so that, in broad terms, also answers the question of how many articles SE expects us to have before they feel confident launching our blog. Five articles, as jmort253 suggests would be even better.
- A blog chatroom,
- Blog Overlords, and
On Programmers we have a chat room dedicated to the blog, and when we're ready to launch The Workplace blog I think we should consider creating a dedicated chat room here as well. Any blog discussion that's not concrete enough to be posted on Meta should be held in chat, and a dedicated chat room is also very helpful for collaborations. Feel free to ping me in that chat room, if you want more details on the Programmers blog.
Next, the Blog Overlords. On Programmers, initially, there was a general feeling that the moderators would take care of the cruft on the blog, similarly to how we do in the main site. Or, at least, I had that feeling (I wasn't a moderator back when the first talks about our blog started). I don't know if the Workplace moderators are interested in contributing to the blog, but I think it would be better if the Blog Overlords were regular users.
We started out with one caretaker on the Programmers blog, and he kinda disappeared on us after a while, putting the whole project on hold (hey, real life happens - sometimes), so there really ought to be at least two caretakers. Our current Overlords, World Engineer and Dynamic, are responsible for:
- Setting up access to both Wordpress and Trello for new contributors,
- Guiding new contributors through our blog processes,
- Maintaining the blog chat room (they are both room owners),
- Always being on the lookout for spam comments, and
- Having final say in all things relating to the blog.
And of course, as every other blog contributor, they write and proofread articles. Both our Overlords volunteered for the role, and I'm quite sure me threatening to suspend them forever didn't really affect their decision to take point.
Finally, we've been heavily relying on Trello, to keep track of post ideas and publishing. Our board is private (and perhaps it shouldn't be), if you are interested in taking a sneak peak, ping me in the Programmers blog chat room and I'll give you access to it. All I need is an email and if you already have a Programmers account and want me to send the invite to your account's email, all you need to do is say so. If you don't want to use your Programmers email or don't have a Programmers account, just post your email and I'll delete the message right after I send you an invite.
I like the Question of the Week concept, but The Workplace is still in beta and we don't get that many questions per day to support a steady flow of QotW articles. It could work, but I see QotW more as a backup plan.
A great source of inspiration for blog articles is to think... non constructively ;) Most of the questions that we'd close as "not constructive" on the main site, would probably make great blog posts, and if you are interested in contributing, you should look at our highest voted closed questions for ideas.
We need more than two. Beth and HGLEM can certainly cope, but we really need more than two people for the blog to be viable in the long run, at least four or five. Unfortunately I simply don't have the time to contribute to the blog, but I'm certainly hoping a couple more Workplace regulars step up, a Workplace blog would be awesome!