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John Pozadzides
post Apr 16 2007, 11:17 PM
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Greetings all!

The WDG is preparing to launch the new HTMLHelp.blog which will become a prominent and actively updated part of HTMLHelp.com. The new blog will be extensively hyperlinked from the rest of the site, and we'll be encouraging visitors to sign up for subscriptions and RSS feeds to keep up to date with what all is going on in the Web Authoring community.

A few samples of things you'll find on HTMLHelp.blog:
  • Summaries and links to high quality Web reference articles from around the Net.
  • Helpful Web authoring related tools and tips.
  • Original content including tutorials, guides and cheat sheets.
We are looking for passionate members of our community who are interested in contributing as an author on the Blog. If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible. Some things we're looking for in potential contributors:
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • A demonstrated willingness to help others
Once we've chosen the team I'll be establishing a permissions based forum which will only be accessible by the HTMLHelp Bloggers and we will work on the ground rules, details and coordination involved in launching the blog.

I would anticipate that our new blog launch will experience roughly the same rate of growth - if not more - that we experienced with the launch of the new forums several months ago. Needless to say, this is an extremely rare opportunity to be considered for a contributing position that could potentially result in a high level of exposure in the Web authoring community.

If you are interested in applying for one of these volunteer positions here is what you need to do:
  • You'll need to have full identity disclosure. Please do not apply if you are unwilling to be identified. We feel it is necessary for subscribers to get to know content authors in order to build trust.
  • Provide a link(s) to your personal Web site or blog. We will be making sure that it is generally appropriate for all ages.
  • Provide a brief summary regarding your interest and qualifications. (A CV/Resume or other background document would be nice.)
  • Be willing to contribute at least a couple of hours a week to providing content for the Blog.
Finally, if you'd like to preview the format for the new Blog, you can find it at http://blog.htmlhelp.com/. It is only a skeleton at the moment, but you will get the idea of how it's going to look and function as it gets populated. Feel free to register, make test comments, and provide suggestions. Unfortunately the Blog requires a separate user registration from the forums, but the good news is that no one actually needs to register unless they intend to post.

You can either send me a PM through the forums, use the new Contact form on the Blog, or send an e-mail to john@ you know the domain name.com

John
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Effovex
post Apr 17 2007, 09:06 AM
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It seems very interesting, but I'm not sure what kind of development content benefits from a blog format. It seems to me in-depth articles would be better served with, well, actual in-depth articles on HTMLHelp's front page. Blogs seem better suited for news, progress reports, arguments and maybe "column" style content than for reference material, tutorials and guides.

I'm not sure what a, say, weekly column could be about, apart from "This week on the web" for instance, tracking and commenting on browser releases, W3 specifications progress, articles and such written on other sites.

You could just as well provide RSS for the main site and update the feed when you add indepth content - say, if someone ever feels like writing a CSS2 equivalent to the current CSS reference.
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post Apr 17 2007, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE(Effovex @ Apr 17 2007, 09:06 AM) *

It seems to me in-depth articles would be better served with, well, actual in-depth articles on HTMLHelp's front page. Blogs seem better suited for news, progress reports, arguments and maybe "column" style content than for reference material, tutorials and guides.

I'm not sure what a, say, weekly column could be about, apart from "This week on the web" for instance, tracking and commenting on browser releases, W3 specifications progress, articles and such written on other sites.

Well, you hit the nail on the head. We do indeed have a place for in depth articles, and I'm sorry if it sounded like that is what I was referring to with my examples. I did mention "tutorials" but probably should have said "quick tutorials" or something like that. Nonetheless, we have no place that allows us to actually post the types of things you just mentioned (news, progress reports, arguments, etc.).

For example, there have been times in the past when I've found interesting little tools and things and posted about them here on the forums. But really that is not a good fit. Forums are more for back and forth discussion on a topic, where a Blog is more appropriate for "hey, check out this little morsel of information".

I know that many of the folks that frequent the forums probably don't keep up with any blogs at all (some of the WDG members don't) so I would ask you to trust me on this... if we pull off the blog in a high quality and professional manner we will be able to make a major impact in a lot of people's daily lives by finding, summarizing and presenting them with useful information.

As an added bonus, people who become accustomed to visiting the blog for their daily tips will also be more prone to seeking assistance on the forums, using the validator, and generally moving toward building a more accessible Web.

I went ahead and posted one of the articles I had ready on the blog as an example. I hope it helps for clarification purposes at least a little bit.

John
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John Pozadzides   WDG Seeking Blog Authors   Apr 16 2007, 11:17 PM
Effovex   It seems very interesting, but I'm not sure wh...   Apr 17 2007, 09:06 AM
John Pozadzides   It seems to me in-depth articles would be better ...   Apr 17 2007, 11:29 AM
Frederiek   I totally agree with Effovex.   Apr 17 2007, 09:45 AM
Effovex   I'd personally be interested in writing a ...   Apr 17 2007, 12:37 PM
John Pozadzides   I'd personally be interested in writing a ...   Apr 17 2007, 02:25 PM
Effovex   You make a compelling argument and have alleviated...   Apr 17 2007, 03:07 PM
pandy   I feel old.   Apr 17 2007, 03:13 PM
John Pozadzides   Please tone down the language Effovex. You are co...   Apr 17 2007, 03:29 PM
pandy   What what? Did he talk dirty? I'll admonish hi...   Apr 17 2007, 03:41 PM
John Pozadzides   Pandy, who are you kidding? If he was talking dir...   Apr 17 2007, 03:51 PM
pandy   Can I appoint moderators now? Seems my current ava...   Apr 17 2007, 03:57 PM
Effovex   Your current avatar is both oddly familiar and con...   Apr 17 2007, 04:04 PM
pandy   HTH :P   Apr 17 2007, 04:49 PM
Effovex   Jakob Nielsen! :lol: I think we're clutte...   Apr 17 2007, 04:53 PM
pandy   Absolutely not! The OP brought it up himself. ...   Apr 19 2007, 10:15 PM
JamieHarrop   Now that it's been a month since John first po...   May 21 2007, 01:46 PM
Peter1968   I certainly do read it, and I'm quite grateful...   May 21 2007, 02:58 PM
JamieHarrop   So where's this blog of yours? I don't s...   May 21 2007, 05:31 PM
Peter1968   So where's this blog of yours? I don't s...   May 21 2007, 06:28 PM
Darin McGrew   Thanks for the reminder. I just took a look at it ...   May 21 2007, 05:32 PM


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