As many of you know, we have a blog. For those of you who didn't know, that's no surprise as we haven't added new content since July last year.
Last time we tried to get contributors for the blog, we came up with a list of topic ideas, enough for fortnightly content for a few months. It started out well, but our enthusiasm trailed off quite quickly.
The problems that I think we've identified in blog chat are:
- We don't know who the target audience is.
- Noöne wants to write for the blog. (Or at least they don't want to enough.)
- We need critical editors.
Problem 3. is inconsequential at the moment, because we have nothing to edit.
To solve 1. I suggest that the target audience is the people who want to write for the blog. People who have something to say about English.
This would then answer the title question: if our target audience is noöne, then we don't want a blog.
If that's the case then the blog's run its course and we can put it out to pasture. Maybe Q&A is all we need to get the good word out.
However if there are people who want to regularly write something about English and show it off to this community (outside the Q&A format), then step up.
I think we need 5 or more regular contributors each of whom will contribute a blog post every six months. (i.e. the blog would get about 10 posts per year.) We would need to be able to critique each others posts before they go live, too, so that we regulate our own quality.