On 1 March 2017, after much consultation with its communities, Stack Exchange announced that We will no longer be hosting Blog Overflow:
Instead of hosting [the Geographic Information Systems Blog] on a separate WordPress instance, these posts will instead be moved to a series of static pages directly on our network. There will be some modifications to things like the "About" pages, explaining that these are functionally archives as opposed to ongoing blogs. The process for setting these into static will be beginning shortly after this announcement is posted on Meta.
Below is the original discussion from 2011 when the blog was first proposed.
Action is required if GIS Stack Exchange wants a GIS Blog.
13th September 2011 GIS SE Blog is here http://gis.blogoverflow.com/
Some help with layout and css and replacing (*http://gis.blogoverflow.com/wp-content/themes/stackexchange/sites/gis/images/logo.png) required.
Authors and Editors will be contacted shortly.
We do need content - style in alignment with the main site and any help is welcomed.
Important update 8th September 2011:
Good News we have a GIS Blog coming very soon! Well done to all with suggestions and building community spirit for the Blog.
Now the real work starts - 1st posts due next week - thinking caps on please!
"Excellent! I'll try to get that created today, but it should definitely be by early next week. Feel free to go ahead and start coordinating and planning those first few posts! (:" Rebecca Chernoff
update: 7th September 2011 - submitted our points, views, schedule and authors to StackExchange Staff for a GIS Blog, now waiting response. +requested a voting mechanism for good blog posts
update 23rd August 2011: Waiting response from StackExchange Employees feedback (we have to prove there is enough interest and all 4 actions are met).
Looking into setting up a GIS Blog
Existing Stack Exchange Blogs:
StackOverFlow Blog http://blog.stackoverflow.com/
SuperUser Blog http://blog.superuser.com/
Server Fault Blog http://blog.serverfault.com/
Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange. http://scifi.blogoverflow.com/
We are required to do 4 actions:
- Raise the idea on the child meta. A community blog needs the involvement of community members. Action done
- Who/or who wants to be the contributors to the GISse Blog? (we want more than moderators..they have plenty to do)
So far Kirk Kuykendall, Chad Cooper, Dan Patterson and Mapperz have shared interest in certain roles for the GIS blog.
If anyone else wants to contribute they are more than welcome. (We need to accommodate that blog contributors have vacation and other interests that will need to be covered in their absence)
If you want to contribute please add your name to the comments below.
(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.)
We are at this point: 3) 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? * GIS, Cartography, Technology, Database topics (an idea only subject to community input) (Keep in mind the audience of your community and their interests. Another generic blog about may not be all that interesting.)
topics are looking towards: popular/reoccurring topics on GIS.SE, events related to GIS and the GIS.SE community. (thanks to underdark) and a random collection of posts by different authors would be quite good (thanks to Mark Ireland)
4) 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.
Weekly would be good - even if it is a round up of the best/top viewed posts that week on GIS Stack Exchange.
I see that you posted the list of things that need to be done, but did those things actually get done? In other words, is there a discussion about what the scope of the blog would be? Is there a discussion about who wants to write for the blog? There was an initial discussion awhile ago that kind of fizzled out:
Stack Exchange-GIS Blog?. I'd love to set up a GIS blog. Those 4 requirements are things we want to see before we set up the blog. We want to make sure that the blogs we set up are going to succeed, and wanting to see these discussions happening is part of that.
Please give your thoughts to the process - if we get all 4 actions done we can have a GIS Blog for this site - very useful and can provide good up-to-date information on up and coming events and rounds-ups of conferences attended.
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