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Part of why I wanted to be part of this beta in the first place is because I've been interested in these issues for years, and because I write the occasional blog post about workplace issues, company culture, etc.

So, I'm already wondering, when does the site get its own blog?

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A community can start a blog as soon as it can build the support and resources to keep it active and interesting.

From the blog post

Blog Overflow

So how does my site get a community blog?

Starting a blog is easy. Keeping up a blog, contributing to it regularly is difficult. Blogs are hard work. Wanting a blog is obviously the first step, but there are a few things that the community needs to discuss in order to get a blog going.

Raise the idea on the child meta. A community blog needs the involvement of community members. These blogs don’t exist to be the personal blog of a community member. They are both for and run by the community. It needs to be something the community collectively wants and will cultivate.

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. A community blog should be interesting to both current members and potential new members.

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. The more contributors there are, the less frequently each contributor needs to post. One post a month is a much easier to stomach than a couple posts every week.

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 you should post at least once a week.

But this community has barely started. I would suggest a little community-building is the task at hand before you start discussing a community blog.

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A blog is usually a community organized thing. It can happen whenever we feel we are ready, but the site usually has to be out of Beta for a while.

Don't worry about this too much now. Wait until we are out of Beta.

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  • This is incorrect. Sites have been able to start their blogs before they were out of beta. stackexchange.com/blogs – Robert Cartaino Apr 15 '12 at 18:35
  • I agree with waiting until we're out of private beta for sure, but public beta sites can and do certainly have had blogs. – Rarity Apr 15 '12 at 18:50
  • @RobertCartaino: That's why I said usually. ;-) – Dynamic Apr 15 '12 at 20:30
  • @Jae Then I guess I can say that the blogs usually have to be written by males, but since it has nothing to do with the criteria, that would be wrong. – Robert Cartaino Apr 15 '12 at 20:49
  • @RobertCartaino: But my statement is true: most sites with blogs are out of beta, hence my statement. – Dynamic Apr 15 '12 at 22:45

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