It's been ridiculous for stack about WordPress to not actually have a community blog. I cited dire lack of human resources in the past, but we are slowly pushing past that. Also I am on sabbatical. I am nice human resource or what?
So let's go over setup dance for starters. Following are my thoughts and up for discussion.
What are we writing about
Simply put for topics we have WordPress and our stack. Combination of, as well as them as completely separate topics.
Example formats that I think can do well:
original in-depth technical tutorials. We all have few of those posts bookmarked, that completely kill specific topic and which people reference and come back for years. We can make such.
highlighted answer(s) and question(s). Sometimes answers are so good that they deserve their own spotlight and more accessible form, than slowly drown in depths of the site.
- top content digests. Top (most voted / most viewed / hand picked ) content for the month (or other period).
about us (meta). We've been around for a while, but a lot of non-participating people in WP circles still have quite a weak grasp on how it works and what they can get into and out of site.
interviews with prominent users. I am not huge fan of the format, but it seems to be popular.
- round tables. As more lively twist on interviews - poll people for opinions (real time in chat or, probably more robust, async) on specific issue and compile results.
editorials and guest posts. Simply put great topics and discussions that don't make good questions, but really deserve to be posted somewhere.
What are we NOT writing about
news coverage. I find it boring and useless type of content, especially on resources that aren't completely dedicated to it.
overly local events coverage. I went to WordCamp, there were slides and more importantly party after. Too much of it around, too little interesting in it. Of course this is prone to exclusions for really good posts and writeups from events SE sponsored/sent our people to.
I slapped something together, can I have my backlink now? Go die in a fire.
Best practices. Bulletproof technical competence. Peer review from hell.
Everything, lack of which makes WordPress web resources out there pitiful thing to watch.
I'd say quality over quantity. We can aim for weekly (maybe less? biweekly?) post for starters and see how it goes.
Who runs the show
I'd say mods are natural suckers to get this added to their responsibilities, but given some lack of English nativeness we would probably add more willing people with blogging/writing competence to edit and review.
Please comment/answer if you are interested in writing content for the blog.