Stack Exchange put per-site blogs on hold a while back because, among other things, WordPress was causing too many problems for them. (They also had concerns about usage.) Now that SE has migrated its own blog off of WordPress, can we reopen the question of per-site blogs? Specifically, may we have a blog for this site?
We have an active community. Holy cow do we have an active community; this is the most-active beta I've ever participated on. Some members of this community want to share worlds (or parts of worlds). Some want to share the products of those worlds -- stories, setting descriptions, and so on. And some want to write about the process of building all that. This is all great stuff to have on a blog, stuff that doesn't work on a Q&A site. I understand that the activity level on the per-site blogs was disappointing and every site thinks it's special, but I'm still going to say it: I think the Worldbuilding community has the interest to make it happen.
There has already been an attempt to set up an external blog. I can't speak for anybody else, but the reasons I haven't participated there are:
WordPress. I need a whole new set of stuff -- tools, account, workflow, RSS feed (to read) -- to participate there. I'm already here; demonstrably, going there is a hurdle for me. I think this is true of others too.
It doesn't feel like it's part of the site. This is through absolutely no fault of the fine folks who set it up. It's just that it's, of necessity, separate (and separately-owned), and to me that doesn't feel inclusive even though it's intended to be. It's the best tool available for the job right now, but... it doesn't have the SE name, URL, visual identity, or -- most importantly IMO -- integration with this site. You can't click on a "blog" link here and go there, and new posts don't get announced in the Community Bulletin and the weekly newsletter.
So, two questions:
For SE: Would Stack Exchange be willing to try per-site blogs again, using the new platform, with Worldbuilding as a beta tester?
For us: Are y'all interested in building an SE-integrated blog?