(This is in response to a discussion about making off-AVEN resources.)
We need to revitalize the asexual blogosphere. Based on my observation of other blogospheres, here’s how to do it: create an authoritative blog. This would be the blog that every asexual worth their salt needs to read, the monarch of the asexual blogosphere. I’m not just throwing this around as an idea, I will actually do this. I volunteer to spearhead it. And I want more volunteers to help run it.
Also, even if you’re not volunteering, I welcome suggestions for the blog title.
What this blog needs:
Consistency: Most blogs die in the first few months. We need a blog that can guarantee new content and good quality for a long period of time. I’m talking years. I’ve been blogging consistently for 5 years, so I am happy to help in this department.
Aggregation: We need someone who pays attention to news and the broader community, who will share the best and most important links with the rest of us. We need someone who can spot other good sites and bring them the attention they deserve. Preferably someone who is not me.
Informed perspectives: By its very nature, Asexuality 201 cannot be made of static content, it must be made of a multiplicity of views. Therefore, we need good writers (plural!) who know their stuff.
Therefore, we need volunteers that can aggregate links or write well. And maybe someone who knows how to bend Wordpress to their will (or some other blogging software).
So who wants to join me? E-mail me at skepticsplay at gmail dot com with the subject “Blogger application”. In your application, please give me a reason to think you would be a good fit for the blog I’ve described. Tell me what other stuff you’ve done too. If you want to write, give me a writing sample. I’ll arbitrarily set the deadline at July 20th.
I want to be selective about volunteers. If I am not satisfied with the volunteers I get, I will drop this project.
Update 1: To clarify, I’m proposing a single blog with a handful of writers. The topic is anything related to asexuality, except for asexuality 101. Beyond that, writers choose what to write about.
Update 2: People expressed interest in being occasional contributors. Sounds like a fine idea to me!
Signal boosting! This is a fabulous idea and I think could really revitalize the blogosphere. Spreading the work among several people is a particularly good idea, I think.
ETA: A suggestion about community building in the potential blog: open threads may be a good idea, as might occasional “self-promotion” threads for new bloggers who want to advertise their work. Open threads give people a chance to socialize about other things and make an actual community out of a group blog, which I think may be a useful way of providing another ace community space off of AVEN.