Title: Successful blogs
Now that I'm joining Univ. of Maryland, and there are at several famous bloggers there, I may consider starting a new blog as well. I'm not so sure that this happens at the end, but before that I want to know what the others are thinking regarding a successful blog in CS and its criteria especially now that we have quite a few years of blogging in CS (e.g. see a list containing several of them in the leftside of this blog). I ask some questions below. Feel free to answer them or give any other comments. You may want to give even an example if you feel like it.
- Do you like blogs which put controversial posts (like FOCS/STOC vs others) or the ones which only mention news? If you think both are necessary for a successful blog give your percentages.
- Do you like blogs who give short or even long proofs? Do you think people are reading them carefully enough to justify the effort.
- Do you like blogs who mainly talk about their authors esp. their achievements? In short do you like blogs which essentially say "How great I am?". Again you may give percentages here if you think it is not bad.
- Do you like blogs which mention opinions of the authors explicitly or the ones that only mention questions without answers?
- Do you like blogs of short posts or long posts? Give an estimate.
- Should a blogger answer the comments or it is not necessary?
- If you do not like a person or its work should you mention his/her name or you should never ever mention any names as a blogger.
- Do you like blogs who repeat others' posts? If so give an estimate of how often you should do this.
- Is the number of comments the main measure of successfulness?
- Does a blog need a focus?
- Are there too many theory blogs out there already?
- Will a blog help you on the job market? Tenure? Full Prof?
- What role do or should Blogs play in our community?