Stack Exchange is providing communities with blog functionality if there is demand and the enthusiasm to create and maintain a valuable blog. Discussion over here on Meta.SO
Key points from @Rebecca:
Here are some guidelines that I would expect to see from a community wanting a blog:
- Raise the idea on the child meta. A community blog needs the involvement of community members.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 I would say at least one post a week.
Please respond if you are interested - we'll need to get an idea of whether we have enough volunteers, enthusiasm, hot topics etc.