So we have been talking about the quality of our current blog community lately and my conclusion on that would just be to take a step back and explore other communities out there, understand learn what you see, grow up, then come back and improve our own community up from scratch using our own individual blogs. You don’t have to start piling up more blogs into an already festering site near bent on collapsing under it’s own weight of repetitive everyday topics. They would just get lost in it. Good blogs already get lost in it. I can’t even find my posts half the time, what more other blogs that are really good?
That’s where I’m going to take a step back and talk about something I’ve been a part off recently. I have talked about it for a couple of times and I think I finally do understand why the 9rules Blog Community are the way they are. The kind of way that makes member love what they are doing as individuals and makes people like myself push the limits of abilities because there are just too many good blogs here and I cry myself to sleep at night because I want to be as good as them. Really. Some of the blogs make you wonder if they were touched by the hand of God.
My quivering envy aside, 9rules just had a site redesign lately. Gone are the flashy light Web 2.0 (Web++) colours of yesteryear and what you have is a relatively down to earth, typical (dark green) looking site…until you realize that all the highlights of something a little more complicated are still there. For some reason, 9rules has become a blog directory, a blog aggregate and a discussion point and somehow seemlessly put them altogether without cluttering up everything.
What I really like is that the new 9rules gives members and non-members a chance to interact. The Notes aren’t like your typical forum. To me, they are like Blog Asides (like the ones I use on my sidebar to keep people updated with short notes). Not exactly for long focused blog posts, but they work well for short points you want to bring to everyone who reads 9rules and where people can comment back. The best part is that it’s open to everyone to comment or write about.
If there is anything that defines communities like this from becoming “just another blog aggregate/directory”, it’s the ability to integrate interactivity of the people. Not just the members in a clique, but everyone and anyone who comes across it. It’s what makes anything grow, the variability of opinion and uniqueness of individuals rather than the company of horde mentality.
It’s just focused, direct, simple and beautiful. What more could you ask for? At the end of it, 9rules is a blog community and for all that it has, it still doesn’t detract itself from being a blog community. It may be exclusive, but it still doesn’t take away the fact that there are good blogs there. It may be a site where you can showcase the good reads and share common ideas to be better, but it still doesn’t stop its members from being the best as who they are as masters of their own blog.
Sometimes too much isn’t exactly a good thing, and adding more because you feel compelled to makes it easier to get lost in the sea of unfocused pointlessness. The bottom line is that 9rules pulls it off as something that works and for that and I for one, am glad to be a part of them.