I had the idea of setting up this blog only late last night. The reason for the blog is as follows. Yesterday I published the most recent issue of the newsletter The Värmland-Hedmark Cluster. After having done that, I also sent out a group email to members and “affiliates” of the project (23 people). Later in the evening and this morning I received a couple of responses, with questions and comments. That is really great, and I would like to respond to these and continue the discussion (as much as my time allows). And I wish other project participants could take part in the discussion, as much as they want to. However, I get nervous about spamming people, as both my first email and the responses I got were sent to the whole group of 24 people (counting myself). Setting up the blog is an attempt to create a forum where we can discuss issues related to the project, without imposing ourselves on people who are not that interested. At the blog, anyone can comment (under one of the posts that I have created).
This is an experiment, and we will have to see how it goes. An alternative (or possible complement) would be a Facebook group. But I think there are lots of members of our group who do not have FB accounts, so for the time being my belief is that a blog is preferable.
When I in the future publish a new issue of the newsletter I will, as before, send out a group email to announce the fact that it is out. But I will direct any further discussion to the blog.