The Berkman Blogger�s Group works to support Blogging in general and the Harvard Blogging
community in particular, in the following four areas: 1) Support of the Blogging Community through
help list maintenance and user support, 2) Proselytizing and spreading the word about Blogging,
through workshops, help sites, conference presentations, interviews, and in our own blogs 3)
Development of new tools and uses for blogs, including supporting, collaborating on and publicizing
worthwhile projects and research, as well as organizing conferences, colloquia and courses, and 4)
Enjoyment of the company of each other, and other bloggers, through our weekly meetings, culinary
meet-ups, road trips and seasonal social gatherings.
Dear gang of fourteen (or so),
This is a draft of a brief statement of purpose, suitable for placement on the Thursdaymeeting page
without taking up much real estate, which I feel describes the four key areas in which we can contribute
to the �movement� and the �community� without becoming an official organization with officers, etc,
which I think we all agree would be anathema to the spirit of the whole thing.
Without becoming depressingly long-winded let me briefly elaborate on this sketch with some specific
1) Support, is mostly what Wendy is doing now supporting the distribution list and answering email
about problems. But don�t forget that this was one of the original purposes of the group, and I, for
one, came to my first meeting because I had newbie questions I wanted answers to. This area also
includes the help and newbie pages on the server, which need to be strengthened and expanded.
2) Proselytizing includes projects like Blogging 101, our efforts to get politicians to blog, and future
efforts (once we have server support for a wider community) to broaden the breadth and depth of the
Harvard blogging community.
3) Development is an important category because it includes support for stuff like Frassle, Rick�s open-
source novel, various members and colleagues who are doing research projects to explore and describe
the blogosphere, such as the ongoing effort to test out other blogging platforms and the data that
effort produces, as well as being the natural home for BloggerCon IV, which we should start thinking
about for the Spring.
4) We all know deep down that our collective lack of a social life is the real reason we all get together
every Thursday, find time in our busy lives for the lively discussion and group therapy. However, it is
the other stuff that differentiates us from the Meetups and other purely social events.
This is just a proposal and I am not 100% satisfied with the wording or the level of specificity.