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Blogging at OpenGeo
Blogging is great. Here are some guidelines for blogging at OpenGeo.
The Official OpenGeo Blog
We have one. It is at http://opengeo.org/blog. (It will soon be at blog.opengeo.org)
The main OpenGeo site is a Wordpress instance, and so new blog posts can be added through the Wordpress administrative pages.
Bug somebody for an account if you don't have one.
All posts to the OpenGeo blog should be reviewed before publishing. At this point, Cholmes is reviewing all OpenGeo blog posts to make sure they are on-message. Cholmes is also going to ask for reviews for his posts.
Style guidelines: Write as an individual, but remember that you're representing the organization. When speaking of accomplishments, "We" as OpenGeo, accomplish things--and then mention personal credit later if it's due. The target audience of the OpenGeo blog is the same as the target audience of the OpenGeo site: clients and potential clients, people interested in partnership with OpenGeo, those interested in a Career with OpenGeo, the media and those trying to stay on top of the progress of the Geo Web, people interested in our social mission. I.e., primarily non-tech.
GeoSpiel is a blog for OpenGeo--especially jteam--developers to post to an audience of other developers.
- Audience is other developers
- Voice is in the first person (no OpenGeo is doing X or Y). this is what you think or are doing.
- Emphasis on directly usable information: code samples, explanations, etc.
- No publishing without a read by someone else
- Keep an eye out for grammar/spelling (duh). Especially keep an eye out for proper spelling/captialization of project names; here is a reference for several projects we work closely with:
Blogging on a personal blog about your interests and especially ones with some relevance to OpenGeo is encouraged because it helps promote you as an individual, develops your writing skills, and shares your knowledge and ideas with others on your team and in the larger communities.
When we have a good aggregation solution, we'll be tagging posts with special OpenGeo relevance in a way that assists filtering.
While not necessary, don't be afraid to ask others to review your posts before publishing.
Blog post list
If you have a great idea of something to blog about but don't have the time, make a ticket, give it the component "Blogging," and assign it to somebody who you think cares.
If you are looking for something to blog about, check this To Be Blogged report:
Post links to your unpublished blog posts to the ticket and reassign it to get somebody to review.
There is currently an OpenGeo Planet aggregating feeds at:
Information about how to style it, how to add feeds, etc., coming here soon.
We may then also use a Wordpress plug in developed by Anil to pull the planet's feed into a Wordpress instance (likely Geospiel).