The ball has started rolling on a weblog community initiative. Paul over at Cocktail Chronicles has proposed Mixology Monday which is based on other weblog community projects like Is My Blog Burning? and Wine Blogging Wednesday. The basic idea is that anyone interested can write an article on the selected topic (this week it's Pastis, i.e. anise flavour) and publish it to their blog. You don't even need to have a cocktail related weblog, nor does the topic need to be about drinking the selected product. It can be about your bad experiences in college, your good experiences while travelling through France, or how you used it in a pudding recipe. After you've published your article, you email the topic host and they will publish a list of participants on their blog. Make sure you put a link in your post to the hosting weblog so people can jump in on any discussion.
So what are benefits to contributing? The first is that it will generate traffic to your weblog, and isn't that the point of a weblog. People do want to read about your stuff, but sometimes they just don't know where to find it. This is a good way to get the word out on about your weblog. Also, by being a part of the group you have a vast resource to learn and discuss new things. The hosting weblog will post peoples comments and questions and provide an area for discussion.
You may have noticed the icon that I designed, partially because I had some spare time and was bored, partially because it will help give Mixology Monday an image. If you post an article for Mixology Monday, please feel free to use the icon. I will produce one for each week and each topic as they become known.
I am volunteering to be the collection point for the May 1, 2006 edition of Mixology Monday. I figure the topic should be about coffee liqueurs like Kahlua, Tia Maria or Starbucks. If you donâ€™t have any coffee liqueur then weâ€™ll accept any cocktail made with coffee.
If you don't have a weblog, but you would like to write, I don't have a problem posting your article as a guest blogger. This leads me to another suggestion along with the Mixology Monday, does anyone want to do some guest blogging (i.e. writing articles for other weblogs)?