For years I have been urging the College to start blogging. We need a blog from the Admissions Office (like the University of Chicago), a blog from Financial Aid (like MIT) and blogs which would serve as the focal points of EphCOI. Well, it looks like some of this is finally happening.

Lately I’ve been busy trying to get a blogging system up and running at Williams. The three main alternative were: send people to other hosting sites and just maintain a jump page, install (or let people install on their own) blogging software into peoples home directories, or set up our own multi-blog hosting system. The middle we dismissed after the very short thought experiment of trying to support 200+ users each with their own particular tweaks. The first option was appealing in many ways, but we’d lose out on the college brand (on a couple of levels – not only would we lose the williams.edu in the URL, we’d demonstrate that we weren’t willing (or perhaps able) to support such technical work ourselves). If it had been only one or two people interested we still might have gone for it, but we’re looking at probably 10s to start with scaling up into 100s before too long. So, that left us with finding (or writing, as a last resort), installing, and supporting some multi-blogging software. This job fell to me.

Sounds about right. Chris Warren then provides all sorts of interesting technical details. His instinct to go with open source software is exactly correct. But what are the opinions of the larger Eph community of technologists? What advice would DeWitt Clinton ’98 or Stephen O’Grady ’97 or Todd Gamblin ’02 or Evan Miller ’06 (who built WSO blogs?) or Eric Smith ’99 or Ethan Zuckerman ’93 give the College as it wrestles with bringing scores of blogs under one roof? Suggestions, please.

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