I am developing a PHP application and want to host a blog to communicate with my alpha, beta, and (hopefully) other users. I have some experience with Drupal, so am planning to put it to use.
I installed Acquia Commons. It was impressive, perhaps too impressive for my needs. I started out by trying to remove some of the features, and I found that there's not much documentation freely available for it. (I don't want a paid service - this startup has not made any money).
I am thinking that Drupal Core with Organic Groups added might be sufficient, but I'm not sure since I have not used Organic Groups before. And of course, there could be other distributions or modules that I don't know about too.
So, the question is, if your Drupal skills were pretty basic, how would you go about building a simple blog where content could be published securely to user groups?
EDIT: Maybe my usage of the word 'groups' is confusing the issue. Perhaps I could do this simply by creating different roles, such as Alpha User, Beta User, and assigning users to those roles. In that case, how would I go about restricting access to content based on role?