I've yet to see anyone mention blogging. Is it off-topic?

If not, at what point would blogging questions become off topic?

  • Questions about blogging style?
  • Questions involving blogging tools?
  • Technical questions involving blogging tools (Wordpress themes, installation, etc.)
  • Questions about engaging readers?

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My thoughts:

  • Questions about blogging style: On-topic, if you mean writing style, how writing techniques may differ from print media, etc. Not so much the graphical style of a blog.

  • Questions involving blogging tools: Probably on-topic...people have already asked about writer's software in general, so I guess it's okay.

  • Technical questions: Actual installation and troubleshooting of software feels like it should be off-topic (I asked this question on how technical writers.SE should be).

  • Questions about engaging readers: If it's about how to write engaging content, seems definitely on-topic. Engaging through graphical layouts, colour schemes (or whatever), feels like it should be off-topic.

Another area that I think would be off-topic (because it's a rabbit hole), but I'm not sure: "How do I monetize my blog?"

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    I think questions about monetizing blogs should be better put at Wordpress SE or OnStartup SE.
    – JFW
    Nov 21, 2010 at 4:40
  • I agree with your analysis on all points. Installation is a SuperUser or ServerFault issue, depending on the deployment situation, and layout/design is probably one for User Interface or some other design-based SE site.
    – Jeff Yates
    Nov 22, 2010 at 15:35
  • Troubleshooting of blogging software can be dealt with on either SuperUser SE or Web Applications SE. Dec 13, 2010 at 6:03
  • @JFW - Money, that's a good question. I'm going to post a separate question about that. Dec 13, 2010 at 6:17

I think blogging should be accepted since this is a StackExchange site about writing. However, I think it shouldn't be the focus of this site because, if I interpret it correctly, this site is about general writing (Publishing writing, journalism, ...)

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    I agree with this. If we were to decide that blogging was off-topic, what about magazine writing? A blog on a magazine site? We could ask similar questions about self-published eBooks. Nov 20, 2010 at 21:18

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