I'd avoid 11/11 if you want Americans as they are often sensitive about that date.Nah, my blorum p) is about love, relationships, spirituality, ghosts and things. Nothing technical, all matters of the heart and the unseen but one does have to be a bit 'weird' and out there to 'get it' or be interested in it.
I'm thinking to hold an official pre-launch this 11/11/11 and offer premium memberships for free for life as in 'grandfathered' in (ugh I don't like that term). Am setting this up today. They will have to be registered by 12/21/11 to get 'grandmothered' in. That'll be the official launch date.
Use 12/12 - it's a weekend day anyway ... better allow longer like a fortnight to recruit grandmothers, just to get some members in.
Ive never liked blogs much - an uneasy cross between an article page and a forum in my view. It never feels like there's enough scope for interaction - like being at a conference and forced into passive mode except for a grudging 5 mins 'question time' at the end of a lecture. I prefer seminars - or ovulars
On my own board I'm using Jaxel's wiki to create articles and hoping to get it so I can easily link top and bottom of the article to its own discussion thread in a forum.
On the gendering of words by the way I work on the principle of who's talking.
I'm female so it should be natural to me to speak of a mistress copy, or a grandmother clause in law. If it ain't my female ID needs some sprucing up! Similarly I write to - Dear Madam/ Sir, ...
A male speaker or writer understandably uses more male language than I do and I'm fine with that.
But I think it's a shame and a little unhealthy for women to speak constantly of our actions in male language as if to be male is the foundation model of humanity.