How to Start a Team Blog
Team blogs are a good way to spread new ideas and get a bigger “regular” audience for your thoughts. They can also be a discussion forum for new suggestions. What do you have to consider before starting one?
- Think of what purpose the blog is going to serve. Idea exchanging, talking about the world situation or what? Plus, what’s the blog’s subject?
- Choose a blogging platform. Are you planning to go online big time or is a free service enough? What features does the blog require: categories, Trackback, comment moderating?
- Blogsome.com and Blogger.com are some free platforms that will get your team blog started (Blogger doesn’t offer categories, though.)
- Decide the blogging guidelines, especially if you’re working/studying inside some institution: you shouldn’t write about people’s private lives or some corporate secrets, for example.
- How are you going to handle commenting: is everyone able to comment, are you going to check them before showing them? Comment moderation might be a good thing if the subject is a sensitive one.
- Create some categories, ask some members to join and start blogging! It’s really fun when you get used to it.
It might be a good idea to give some advice to the bloggers of how to use the service: for example WordPress’ (which Blogsome.com uses) posting page might confuse some people that haven’t been that much into blogging/HTML before.
Make a deal of how often people should collaborate in the blog: if one day you realize you’re doing all the writing yourself, maybe it’s time to think to get some new members to join and kick some members out. Of course, you should discuss things beforehand.
Don’t listen to people who whine about you censoring their comments: it’s your blog after all! If they still keep groaning, tell them to start their own blog where they can say whatever they want.