If you are a member of one of the Stack Exchange communities, and would like to get started with a community blog here are some guidelines for getting started:

We are happy to provide resources for communities that want to supplement their site with a blog and show active interest from community members that are willing to contribute.

The first thing you should do is to start a discussion on your site’s child meta (meta.<site>.stackexchange.com), perhaps with supplemental discussion on chat. Make no mistake, blogs take a considerable amount of effort to keep up. These blogs cannot be the output from just one person.

Here are some guidelines that we expect to see from a community wanting a blog:

  1. Raise the idea on the child meta. A community blog needs the involvement of community members.
  2. 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 <x> may not be all that interesting.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 <x> posts on Tuesdays and <y> posts on Fridays? You don’t need to be pushing out posts daily, but I would say at least one post a week.

Assuming the steps above go well, we can provide you with an initial setup for a beta blog. With the help of Thomas McDonald, we have Blog Overflow to use as a beta blog network. The blog will start out at <site>.blogoverflow.com. (We’ll be setting up an aggregator at the network index, but since we only have 1 blog right now, we haven’t gotten there yet.) We’ll consider your blog to be in a beta stage initially. Running a blog isn’t a one-time effort. We want to see continued contributions and interest in the blog as time proceeds. We want to see that you’re promoting the blog, making use of the community promotion ads if they are enabled on your site. We want to see that people from the community are interested in and reading the blog.

Assuming the above goes well, we can graduate your blog. At this point, we’ll move the blog over to our graduated blog network. This will come with a domain change to blog.<site>.stackexchange.com. We’ll also change the blog link in the footer on your site to point to your own blog instead of Stack Exchange’s blog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any one of our community co-ordinators. There is a dedicated chat room to help you get started and run your community blog.