Today, I am excited to announce Ben Cotton will take on the role as Fedora Community Blog (CommBlog) editor-in-chief starting for Fedora 30. Ben is currently the Fedora Program Manager at Red Hat. In that time, Ben has served as a CommBlog editor and has done a lot of work behind the scenes to keep the Blog operating smoothly. Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Ben as he enters this new position!

The CommOps team launched the CommBlog in November 2015. When the blog launched, it was an idea: we knew the Fedora community does amazing things, but we thought we could do a better job at telling those stories. The CommBlog was one solution to this problem. Since then, the CommBlog became a hub of news specifically for Fedora contributors. Over 550 articles were published, accumulating a total of 232,020 page views to date. Our success is supported by the hundreds of Fedora contributors who have published their stories on the CommBlog. Thank you to all of our authors!

When I took on the role of editor-in-chief from Remy DeCausemaker in June 2016, I didn’t know what I was getting into. Over time, I came to appreciate the diverse community behind Fedora and the efforts of those who not only contribute to Fedora, but bring Fedora and open source to local communities around the world. The event report-style articles span five continents with countless countries included, from the annual festivities of FLISoL in Latin America, Fedora Women’s Days around the world, and numerous events across India.

I’m happy to pass the torch onto Ben and I have no doubt his leadership will positively impact the future of the CommBlog. Congratulations Ben!