Sean Bonner co-founder of the Bode Media Inc (the people behind metblogs) posted a very helpful comment with some useful links. The short answer it that getting Colombo up and running is a two stage process. For your convenience here is the full text (the long answer):
Nothing is automated in the city creation process, it’s all by hand and all based on interest from people in new cities. Have you read this:
When you do you’ll see that new cities first need active groups on the hub, and as you can see here:
No one has created a Colombo group, so as far as we know one is interested in writing for or reading metblog there. You need to create a group that potential readers and writers sign up for and once we see the activity we can take the next steps in setting up a city blog.
I also discovered the metblogs wiki (Essentially an extended FAQ). had I been less sloppy I guess i could have found it earlier.
My fault. I apologise for the hassle. 😦
What is clear is that they do demand have a reasonably high standard of writing – as spelt out in the Metblogs Style Guide which also gives a good idea of the “commitment” involved. I have to admit it is a bit out of my league even if I had the time.
So here is the process as I understand it:
- Head over to http://hub.metblogs.com/ and sign up as a regular “user”.
- Once you are signed up, you’ll have to join in with a bunch of other Colombo bloggers and form a “group“
- If there’s a significant amount of activity around a “group” formed about Colombo the powers that be will create a city.
Which seems a fair process by me if they are keen to keep the quality of the writing at a reasonably high quality.
I’m quite sure that there are talents in the Sri Lankan blogosphere who can put Colombo on this map. And get a chance to strut their stuff on wider global stage.
Hope there will be takers on this opportunity.