Topics would include general articles on maps, the design of maps, things-you-wanted-to-know-about-map-making-but-were-afraid-to-ask, geography, information design and usability, and more. Posts would not typically be long "articles" but usually more like a few paragraphs about a current bit of information. I am not thinking a technical journal but more of a general interest map blog that gives people news, insight, and some techniques about maps. It would be a window into the world of cartography. Save the technical, cartogeek stuff for Cartographic Perspectives We might include some basic cartographic production tutorials for designers and other non-cartographers.
Blogs have moved beyond the original "personal journal" stage. Many blogs are written by a team of writers, chosen for writing ability and domain knowledge. Think of blogs as 21st century magazines, only with articles published more frequently. For it to be successful and "sticky" it would need to have a frequent, yet sustainable level of publishing. I would look for interested contributors to submit 1-2 sample postings as a sort of application.
So, to sum up I am looking for 2-4 people who:
1. Have some semblance of writing skills. I don't necessarily mean experience writing, just some kind of style and manner that is not just a static statement of fact.
2. Have a genuine desire to seek out interesting news and stories about maps, cartography, information graphics, and geography.
3. Will commit to making at least 1 to 2 posts a week.
4. Have a clear understanding that the target audience of this blog will be average people with an interest in the above topics, but not necessarily experts in any field. The goal is to share our knowledge and excitement for these topics with a wider audience and hopefully increase awareness about cartography.