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Hi Sharon, The blogs we have here in the Jive Community are open to the public. You would simply need to create the blogs in a space, and enable everyone to have the right access to view, comment or whatever on the blogs. For example, we have the following setttings on Jive Talks:
- Everyone: view (includes non-registered viewers or people not logged in)
- All Registered Users: Contribute (so that registered readers can comment, etc)
- Jive employees: Can create blogs.
Then all of your other spaces would need to have locked down permissions. You might consider having another open space, something like "about this community" so that people who stumble upon your community to read blogs understand that there is more to see if they are a customer, partner or whoever can see behind the curtain. I hope this makes sense!
Thanks for the information, Libby Taylor. I took a look at the Jive blog you linked, very helpful. I'd also love to see other examples from community managers to help me think about how we'd like to present ours.
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We do something like this in our community: https://community.rapid7.com -- only Rapid7 employees (or special invited guests) can post blogs but our blogs are completely public, as is all of our content (we don't have any "behind the curtain" content so to speak). We use our Jive blog as our corporate blog for all our major announcements and items for press.
As you can see many of our customers - and ourselves - set up discreet blog or News & Events spaces similar to the scenario you are describing and then you can set the author and other entitlements discreetly too. Other customers (Group: Instructional Designers | Canvas Community is a good example enable blogs in different areas or "communities of practice" spaces so rather than a corporate blog it is more a place for your MVPs and SMEs (internal or external, however you define them) to share relevant points of view.
Hope that helps!
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Thanks for the Akamai shoutout! We allow our employees to blog in most of our public spaces, most particularly in our solution spaces. Our employees like to be known as thought leaders, so it answers the question, "What's in it for them?"