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We discussed making a blog in a previous post.

Now that we graduated, what do people think about starting an official Mi Yodeya blog?

  • What would we blog about? – Double AA May 9 '12 at 23:12
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    Parsha, Torah, Halacha on the Week, – Shmuel Brin May 9 '12 at 23:18
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    @DoubleAA, About Jewish Life and Learning, of course. – jake May 10 '12 at 3:38
  • I suggested that the Christianity blog do a collaboration with your blog on different approaches to the same text, but I suspect the result might be more interesting to Christians than to you. But a series of essays on how you look at the same text and see things differently could be worthwhile. Ideally, it would be a tie-in between the two blogs, but I suppose as you don't have one yet it could all go on the Christianity blog. – TRiG Oct 3 '12 at 19:58
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Absolutely! But this comes with several caveats.

  • We need several people to agree beforehand to write up posts/updates/divrei Torah on a regular basis. Ideally, these should be community members, but if we got guest posts once in a while from outside bloggers, that would be fantastic!

  • Authors must be aware that they're writing for not only our community (which is made up mostly of people who are very fluent in Jewish concepts). This blog must (IMO) cater to "those who are interested in knowing more". That means dejargonifying, etc. and making the blog more welcoming to those outside our community.


Here are some ideas on what we could blog about:

  • Weekly Parsha
  • Upcoming Holidays
  • Halacha of the Week (Like Shmuel said)
  • Jewish life

That's mostly your standard Jewish blog fare, but we could also do more site specific stuff:

  • Highlight interesting Q&A (individual questions or groups on common themes/tags or weekly/monthly round-up)
  • A summary of the week's Parsha Chat
  • Perhaps welcomes to new value-contributing users? (Criteria being upvotes posts, rep, whatever.)
  • General community news (welcome back Yahu, no Parsha Chat this week, mod x will be off site for a while, whatever.)
  • Interviews with community members.

The above community items don't have to be solo posts, they could be combined in a weekly roundup, or whatever.

(Feel free to answer with your own ideas for blog content)

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    Yahu is back???? – Shmuel Brin May 10 '12 at 0:14
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    +1 for great question/answer round-up and summary of the weekly parsha chat. – Monica Cellio May 10 '12 at 0:30
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    For divrei torah, maybe set up some sort of rotation so people could sign up for particular parshiyot in advance? – Monica Cellio May 10 '12 at 0:31
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    I can write..... – Shmuel Brin May 10 '12 at 1:25
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    @MonicaCellio That's an excellent idea! – HodofHod May 10 '12 at 3:03
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    @ShmuelBrin Wasn't it you who said chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/468?m=4278398#4278398 ? Ok, he's not active much, but if he ever was, that could be blog-worthy news! :D – HodofHod May 10 '12 at 3:15
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    +1, but I don't think that the original content has to be limited to Torah topics. Other site-topical topics would be good, too, such as stuff a blogger dug up during an attempt to answer judaism.stackexchange.com/q/15079, or even, say, household tips directly related to Jewish life. – msh210 May 10 '12 at 4:33
  • @msh210 Write up an answer, or add it to this one! – HodofHod May 10 '12 at 4:37
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    @HodofHod, all right: I've edited this one. Thanks. – msh210 May 10 '12 at 4:43
  • Did this end up happening in the end? – TrustMeI'mARabbi Aug 17 '17 at 19:25
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We can also use our blog to reshare relevant posts from our users' blogs, as described here. Answers there contain a few volunteers (we should check for continued applicability since the post is old), and see also this new offer.

Between the ideas here and those on the linked posts, I think we have enough interest to pursue a blog. We should aim for a mix of "reshares" and original content, and the original content should cover both original articles (like those in HodofHod's answer) and ones that interact with the Q&A on our site.

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