Are you a grassroots green blogger? Would you be interested in being part of a biodiversity blog network?
WordPress offers a free way to set up a network of blogs on a single server, all of them interconnected. Check out freethoughtblogs.com as an example. The advantage of such a network to the individual blogger is the built-in community of fellow bloggers who can generate traffic and discussion for you, as you do for them.
- a group of blogs by people who are interested in biodiversity and local landscapes, environmental justice, grassroots activism, nature photography, and other arenas of environmentalism increasingly ignored by the Big “Green=Climate” Groups
- a community of bloggers that selects among possible new additions to the network, aiming for good basic science, conviviality, creative style and diversity
- a network of activists, essayists, poets, artists and photographers, wonks and dabblers, gray-bearded elders and enthusiastic young folks
- building the network to include bloggers outside the US and UK
I’m also imagining that I would cover the server costs up front (though members pitching in a few bucks would certainly be welcomed), with the intention of using (screened) ads to generate revenue to cover costs and (hopefully) kick back some cash to our bloggers, perhaps even to pay someone to handle emerging technical issues so that we don’t have to worry about it.
Bloggers who are interested, if they’re a good fit, would get a blog for free with some ability to customize it—but member blogs would all resemble one another in basic design so as to reinforce the visual sense of community. (In the absence of a better designer stepping up, I’d be overseeing overall design, so there will at least be basic standards in place that help your work look good.) You’d get a blog that had incoming sidebar links from every other blog in the network. You’d get a back-end to your blog running on WordPress, which is pretty easy to navigate. You’d be part of a new community of bloggers who will help promote your work as you help promote theirs. And all of this would help us advance the causes of the urban, rural and wild landscapes we love and the plants and animals that live in them.
I mentioned this idea on Facebook a couple months back and got a few responses, but it’s kind of fallen through the cracks, and I still want to explore the possibility. Setting this up would be a volunteer effort on my part (at least at first), and so in the first stages potential network members who have an interest in helping set up things like community Terms of Service would be very welcome. (Or, for that matter, people with more expertise in Wordpress than I have.)
If we get a handful of people interested in being charter members of such a network at launch we could presumably have something up and running in the first months of 2013. If you think you might be interested, comment here or get in touch with me via email.