Can we also have an AskUbuntu community blog like superuser.com?
I beg to differ! No authoritative blogs for that market? Guess you never heard of Lifehacker, HowToGeek or any of the large Windows oriented sites? Either way, I don't think the point is to compete, but to aggregate the site itself.
When writing a blog you're always wondering, what should I be writing about next? Which in most cases mean blogs will try to stay on top of the news in search for the next best thing to blog about. The big advantage you guys have is that the community has already showed you what they think is hot at this moment:
- Is 64 bit Ubuntu stable for general use?
- Why does Ubuntu use Launchpad instead of GitHub or Bitbucket?
- How can I configure Unity?
Basically you have a whole community telling you what they want you to write about! Furthermore, in a lot of cases an answer is correct and solves the problem, but doesn't really address how it solved the problem. Don't we all prefer teaching our users to fish? So you can cover the basics, which will hopefully allow users to ask better questions. Sure, this content can be found anywhere else, but if it was that easy, why are some users still having problems with hooking up their iPhone with Ubuntu?
Furthermore, there are things that are only relevant to your community. Perhaps you guys have an infamous spam hunter among you; a user that managed to get 2k rep with lightening speed; you have a local Jon Skeet or the founder of the Ubuntu Foundation, you would like to know a little better?
Its also a more visible way to highlight conclusions from Meta discussion. Like when you want to point out Ask Ubuntu isn't only for GUI-users or want to explain why you guys don't want to see LMGTFY or bare links as answers. Sure these things have been covered on MSO and closed as dupes there many times over. But do you expect new Ubuntu users to know MSO is the main Meta site of Stack Exchange? Its far easier to highlight discussions that are relevant to your community and your community only on your own blog.
Or perhaps you want to explain users how to write better questions, write better answers, make awesome screen recordings, contribute to some open source project or highlight an even that you guys find important. While news is created in a ton of places, who says this is the news you guys want to read? Create your own news instead! Let us know how that event or conference was.
But I agree with Marco, if there's any way to tag-team with an established Ubuntu blog, to highlight some of your own questions as articles as a way to advertise the site, it certainly wouldn't hurt. But then again, why not let them repost your version of the Question of the Week articles? Remember that a blog for the site doesn't necessarily has to attract new users, but can serve as an additional way to make your current users come back to the site.
In the end, I can't decide anything for you guys, just share our own frail experiences with the Super User blog. If you have any questions, feel free to drop by in the Stack Exchange Community Blogs room.
I do like the idea of a blog and jumped out of my seat saying "YEAH! We should do this", but as I thought more about it I came to the above conclusion.
Rather I think forming a partnership with the prominent Ubuntu blogs would be a better course of action. Helping to feed them content, have them start using StackTack, and other suck tools to make a symbiotic relationship.
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