I suggested recently that there’s a need to define the role(s) of a blog if any meaningful measurements of the effectiveness of a blog are to be carried out.

I’ve therefore published a Blog Policy page on this blog’s Web site which includes a summary of the aims of the blog together with descriptions of policies covering use of the blog.

In brief:

  • The contents of the blog should address issues related to the Web, including Web standards, innovative Web developments and best practices in providing Web services.
  • The blog will also provide a test bed for experiments and for testing new services and provide access to discussions about the experiment.
  • The blog will provide an opportunity for me to ‘think out loud“: i.e. describe speculative ideas, thoughts which may occur to me, etc. which may be of interest to others or for which I would welcome feedback.
  • The blog will seek to both disseminate information and encourage discussion and debate.
  • The target audience includes Web authors, developers, designers and policy maker and the wider digital library and Web research community, in particular those in the UK higher and further education communities and cultural heritage sectors, together with key players in the international community.
  • A set of procedures will be published which will aim to ensure that the blog implements these policies and that the blog is widely accessible, functional and interoperable.
  • The writing style, grammar and design of links will seek to make the blog readable.
  • Minor changes to blog postings and comments may be made to fix errors.
  • Comments which are felt to be spam or are inappropriate will be deleted.
  • In exceptional circumstances, postings and comments may be deleted.
  • The scope, policies, target audiences and procedures may be subject to change in light of experiences, resource implications or changes in external factors.

Do we need such policies  or is this too bureaucratic?