So I can't make sense of the blog. I just don't understand who the intended audience for it is. The blog has posts about:
- Ads for Teams: 1, 2
- Ads for other companies/organisations: 1, 2, 3, 4
- The podcast: 1
- Site announcements: 1, 2, 3, 4
- And some for features only available on Teams, which is half an ad: 1
- Posts from SE's researchers about the SE sites and communities: 1
- Two different series of post roundups:
- Ben Popper is the Worst Coder
- Posts targetting
- Technology introductions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- Weird fiction: 1
So who is the intended audience of all this? Why are there so many disparate categories of posts all in one place?
In writing this post I also realised there's no way to go back to see any more posts than what is on the front page of the blog, other than following tag links from those posts.
But, if you did want to read more, it's not like the tags are used sensibly either. For example, the Announcements tag includes posts about:
- ads for bootcamps, other education organisations, and programming languages
- weird fiction
- The Overflow post roundups, not just the announcement of the The Overflow, which was a legitimate use of the Announcements tag, but the actual The Overflow posts: 1, 2, 3
- And StackOverflowKnows: 1, 2
- SE traffic analysis, 2
- Developer survey analysis
- The postcast/the growth of the programming language R
Sorry, but while there may be some individual articles of gold on the blog, there are way too many ads, and the rest of it is such a scattered and mismanaged mess that I could never subscribe to the blog's feed. The posts that get shown in a site's side bar seem to be taken from the announcements tag, so half the time its ads or something else that's not actually an announcement, and the announcements bar usually just shows the podcast instead of announcements. So I avoid visiting the blog and rely on seeing important posts discussed in chat on here on MSE.
It doesn't have to be this way! You could target the blog to a clearly defined audience. I'd encourage SE staff to consider this.
Also, sad feels only: the company pays people for these confusing poor quality posts even though half of them are ads.