We have finished polishing the blog sign up process and Author Buzz UK is now ready for community creation.
Today two new features have been open to the public. User blogs and group creation.
Groups allow you to create a mini community. You can create groups about whatever you want (within reason). This makes groups an ideal niche extension for your platform.
Groups are a feature that you may have seen on the site for a while. Due to some technical issues, it has not been possible for you to make your own groups. We’ve fixed that. Now anyone can make one.
If you are an author with an existing blog (or a fan of one) you can drop the RSS feed and see your posts appear as news notifications. If you are an author in need of a blog, we have you covered there as well. When you create a group, you can add an external blog RSS feed to the group; as well as a forum, a wiki, and a group blog.
Up until now, if you wanted a blog you had to ask nicely on the forums. Now you can generate your own any time you want. You will need to create a group but you can opt to make it private and hidden just for you, or public and open to others. Furthermore, you decided just how much access (if any) the moderators, admins, and members of the group will have on the blog.
If you want the blog to be just for you, then dial back the rights to just yourself. If your community or writing club want to work together, open the doors and let them all in.
Let the blogging begin.
There is no nice way of saying it but we do expect there may be some spam. Author Buzz is not a community free-for-all so low value, spammy looking groups (and blogs) will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The best way to avoid that sort of attention is to write some high-quality content right away.
We do prefer content that is safe for work. If you feel that your blog may be about to stray into not so safe for work topics, please chat to us before you go there. Art is fine, that is what we are here for; spammy junk is not okay.
Other than that, use your common sense, don’t be evil, and have fun.