When chat was first introduced, it was referred to as a "third place". Now, we have what is essentially a fourth place: The site blogs. (Yes, it's on a wordpress engine, and not all sites have them, but many do. But it's a component of a site's presence.) If this trend continues, there will eventually be a fifth place, and a sixth place, and so on.
Perhaps, before this goes any further, it's time to re-examine the way SE addresses iterations of the sites, from an interface standpoint.
I suggest that, instead of the chat link that's at the top of all sites (which sometimes, confusingly enough, becomes the blog link, but that's another discussion) with a drop-down menu. This would be populated by links to chat, meta, the SE blog, as well as the site blog (if there is one) - and, also, any future sites introduced on a network-wide basis.
Integrating the site blogs into the SE system more tightly would also allow for the blog icon to indicate when there's a new post on the site blog and/or for the main SE blog. (Would a tie-in to blogoverflow do the trick?)
While introducing a new drop-down menu complicates the interface a little, it's simpler than pushing stuff to the footer, which - I think - few people look at regularly.
So - am I on the right track, or would this be a horribly well-intentioned idea? Is this already being considered in some form or another?