July 17, 2009
I recently stumbled upon an article of the excellent blog Kosmopolito and discover Ideas on Europe, a new EU blog platform entirely dedicated to academics! Here are my thoughts about this new interesting project.
Ideas on Europe, a new EU blog platform dedicated to academics and set up by the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a membership organization with “over 1300 academics, practitioners and research students”.
- Evaluation of positive / negative aspects
The EU blog platform is powered by WordPress, a very powerful CMS, and nicely designed. Moreover, the project seems to be backed up by James Clive-Matthews who knows quite a lot about EU blogging. Personally, I would have used WordPress Multi User as it aims to build a blog platform but that’s not the major issue. Indeed, the technical development is often a minor part of the work while building an online community and I see at least three great challenges :
- The conversion and adaption of the audience – The target group is academics. Not only the don’t have a clue about the art blogging but I know – from my own experience – that it take type convert and train this type of audience.
- The competition of other EU blog platform – There are already four EU Blog platfoms (Blogactiv, BabelBlogs, EurosBlogs and Th!nkAboutIt) with strong presence and visibility which makes this market quite difficult to penetrate.
- The community management – Community-building and management is a very long process. You have to keep the bloggers coming, blogging and commenting. Once again, from my personal experience, I confirm that’s a tough job!
I really hope that this new EU blog platform will be a success as any online EU blogging initiative. Howver, though being a noble project, it seems to me a real challenge.Author : PAR