# A call for participation on the Cross Validated Blog

Some recent discussion on meta brought up whether (and how) the blog should be integrated with the site, see "Is there a way to make the blog more prominent? Should we?". Part of my biggest concern isn't per se how the blog is integrated with the main site (we can figure that out as it goes along IMO), but I am concerned about getting the community to participate more in writing posts.

Mainly we have had several started projects which ended up fizzling out due to lack of participation. These include

So here we had community agreement on agenda for the blog, but lack of participation prevents us from moving forward. I would like it here, if several individuals simply volunteered to contribute to the blog. I know it is scary volunteering without being specific about the content, but in response I would say

• The scope of any post does not have to be large (e.g. you don't have to write a paper to make a post). For example, I think many of the example data visualizations I listed could be almost copy and pasted into blog posts. Also I don't want the time monikers we've attached to previous endeavors to scare anyone off (we don't need to do anything per week, or month, or on a schedule at all).
• I'm not going to jump through your computer screen and make you write a post you don't want to nor ask you to write a post that you do not feel qualified for.
• We are likely pretty flexible in the material for the blog at the moment. I've suggested in the past that other bloggers could re-blog their material on our site.

I'm hoping getting individuals to volunteer will give alittle push/motivation for individuals to become more active. There is plenty of old material we said we would blog about but have not, and we are open to new ideas. If anybody has any other thoughts feel free to share them here, or stop by over at the chat room devoted to the blog, skewed distribution.

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There has been a small topic based on an answer and a comment I made about it from several months back that's been rattling around in my head and might make an OK blog post. There doesn't seem like another good way to include it here. It is slightly more mathematical, but I think I could work some $R$ into it as well. The basic gist is: A short treatment of ridge regression as an optimization problem. Not sure that would be of any utility or interest, though. – cardinal Apr 6 '12 at 17:30
@cardinal, Given your experience and contributions to the community I have no doubt you could write a blog post that is useful to the community. Part of my motivation for the tables post I did was it didn't fit well in an answer, seems like your motivation is similar. – Andy W Apr 6 '12 at 17:58
I'm too much of a rookie to blog here but this is just a +1 for the idea. I've been learning a lot in statistics from the community, having this would be great! – Oeufcoque Penteano Apr 7 '12 at 22:01
I think I would be more interested in participating in a Blog than in the questions part of the site. But I am new here and still trying to decide whether it is worth sacrificing the time I spend with the ASA eGroups for this. – Michael Chernick May 9 '12 at 16:49
@MichaelChernick, Feel free to stop by the skewed distribution chat room if you would like to either propose or contribute any work to the blog. I'm not familiar with the ASA eGroups so I can't speak to much in regards to that. – Andy W May 9 '12 at 18:21