Today some of the regulars have been talking in The Frying Pan chat room about possibly putting together a micro-blog that would feature things that are interesting, but not on-topic for the main site.
We understand that a full-fledged blog was attempted before, but lacking a lot of participation, it was abandoned. This is kind of the thought behind a micro-blog, where a post can be written in a matter of minutes. Think Tumblr-like posts.
Why not just use Tumblr?
Tumbler would probably be the simplest, though it appears to have a few drawbacks, mostly related to tag searchability. Other than that, it would be easy to setup.
Group blogs are blogs with multiple members (the name “Group blog” was not intended to be mysterious). Only secondary blogs can be group blogs.
This also came up as an alternative. It appears to have a lot more flexibility, at the expense of more admin work (which is probably not a big deal). If it were successful we could eventually upgrade to Wordpress.org, but that's neither here nor there now.
What it would not be
That would not be intended for posts about Cooking.SE; that's what Meta is for. It would also not be to discuss specific questions, answers, or users. We have Meta and a chat room for that.
What it would be
Members of Cooking.SE voluntarily sharing interesting things for others to see, such as:
Recipes, short or longer
Articles about cooking techniques, food preparation, etc.
Photos and stories of their most recent food concoctions & catastrophes
We wanted to take the community's pulse about the idea. The blog would not infringe on the workings of the site; only just a Twitter or RSS feed into the chat room and for enthusiasts to follow. Thoughts?