So the idea of an English-language group blog focused on the Maghreb and Sahel is one that has shown to be not unpopular among readers and commenters. This is pleasing and I surprised by the volume of responses. There are still issues to be considered from a logistical angle: What blogging platform is most conducive to group activity, most accessible to those interested and most aesthetically pleasing at the same time? The subject matter I have imagined would be from a domestic and international relations perspective in a somewhat formal manner. The template I imagine is along the lines of the Middle East Strategy at Harvard blog, with open forums and less pretentiousness. I think the main areas of discussion would be domestic politics, economics/development, human rights, religion/religious politics and geopolitics. I think it would be a good idea to have brief book and article reviews and on a monthly basis (or in some other semi-regular interval). A core of regular contributors with many other contributors would be most desirable, I would imagine.
For discussion: There are readers from `Aqoul, Western Sahara Info. and other great blogs who have greater experience in this area than I do. What are the most common troubles that can be associated with this kind of project? (I am especially interested in the administrative and personal end.) Editing is also important: Does it make sense for there to be a grammar and spelling gendarme, or should posters be left to these duties themselves? (I favor the latter.) From the editorial end, I am curious as to how posts are managed in a multi-author setting. I have looked over several platform options, most of which are over my head in the technical sense. What the most user friendly platforms? Commenters involved with `Aqoul mentioned issues with design; In what sense is this a major challenge and how can it be avoided in a future project?
Those interested in participating should contact me (see the “Comments policy” page for contact info) and please post your thoughts publically.
More: I’ve set up a Word Press account and put a page, no content as of yet. Take a look and let me know if you’d like to be added as a contributor, editor, admin, or whatever and it can be done. I’ve also set up an email address for it.
Please contribute your thoughts!