Sometimes I wish I had a linklog where I could post links and small bits of commentary, but because I don’t my 3 readers will have to suffer through this mishmash of the latest tech news in a regular blog entry 🙂
I’m very pleased to announce that the 9rules team and I have brought on the brilliant Tyme White to be our new Community Director. As many of you know, 9rules has been growing more rapidly the past month or so (we’re now at around 150 members) and our private 9rules member forums are now reaching 100+ posts per day, so with the rest of our responsibilities it was just very difficult to keep up with the goings on inside 9rules, and that’s where Tyme White comes in.
We’re very excited to have her aboard, not only because she has given us some great business advice in the past, but also because she successfully ran an extremely large online gaming community a few years back so she knows precisely what she’s talking about. Welcome Tyme!
It’s only been a few days since we launched 9rules Communities, and already people are singing the praises of it, which is totally flattering. The only opinions that truly matter to us are our members’, and they have been giving it the thumbs up all week (and for the past month since when we first spoke to them about the idea.) I’m really stoked that our members and readers like what we’ve come out with, and I’m even more excited to see what they think of everything we’re working on now, to come out in a few weeks. Anyway, enough of the preliminary stuff. On to the rumor mill 🙂
When Paul first pitched me his 9rules idea last March while down in Tampa, I think today was the day that he envisioned. We originally had no homepage, then a homepage with just links, then a homepage with just a big list of sites, then a homepage with sites grouped by tags, and now today we release the current iteration of our website which tacks on two brand new sections called 9rules Communities and 9rules Featured and few thousand pages of content updated daily. So what’s the deal? Read on.
I honestly can’t tell you how amazing it is to see how many people want to be part of 9rules. On November 7th, Paul wrote an entry that announced our third round of submissions, and it’s received over 70 comments and trackbacks so far.
Update! Round 3 is all over, and we STOMPED our previous rounds by having more than 500 people submit their sites! Amazing! Paul has more »
Oh boy, it’s time to make everybody crazy once again! Honestly, whenever we announce that we’re having another round of submissions, we get like 30 emails off the bat with bribes, bribes disguised as jokes, jokes about bribes, etc. etc. This will be our third English round of submissions (we’re still going through the hundreds of Spanish sites who want to join us) so put a nice suit on your website and let’s have a go!
Read all about the 3rd round at the 9rules Blog.
The new version of 9rules.com is finally upon us, and while it’s not totally finished yet, we thought it was “nearly there” enough to push live. The previous version won numerous design awards, so when it came time to rebuild the entire infrastructure and drop a new UI on top, we knew we had a tall task ahead. I’m not sure if we succeeded, or if this design will please the folks the previous design won over, but we gave it our best shot, and this one works out well for what we have planned in the future.
Many people have been wondering when the next round of submissions would be taking place for entry into the 9rules Network and I am happy to announce that we will open them up this Friday starting at 12:00 AM Eastern time. Once again we will only have the window for submissions open for 24 hours so if you are interested in joining make sure to get your entry in between 12:00AM and 11:59PM on July 1st.
We are looking for all types of content-based websites and if your site is different from what we currently offer our readers then even better.
There have been a couple of great discussions concerning the 9rules Network, but the best one to date was started by Matthew Pennell. The entry and the comments go into great detail as to what the network is about and how everyone is starting to view it. If you would like an inside perspective on how things are going for members then you might be interested in Darice’s perspective.
Do not think that the network is only for personal blogs or blogs run by individuals. Some company blogs do more than hold their own with regards to quality content and would be a perfect fit for the network.
The submission page is where all the magic happens.
The 9rules Blog is officially up and running, and there you’ll be able to read our progress while we build the network and its supporting infrastructure. As we sift through all of the submissions, we’ll be periodically updating with news, soon-to-be-added weblogs, and the insider technical information that everyone yearns for. Once the network is up and running, the blog will be our space to highlight new weblogs joining us, new features, member information, and a lot more.
So go check it out and tell us what you think!