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A good book about death?

Written by Colin Devroe on October 14, 2005

Bud Parr of Chekhov’s Mistress writes about how he was drawn to a book by its subject matter, yet was sold by the reviews of it inside.

Perhaps this can lend itself to how we think of testimonials. At one point I would have said that they were overused. But perhaps the fact that some testimonials add no value, while others that are well written can add an extreme amount of selling potential.

Maybe its not the amount of testimonials that matters, but the quality of them. Great article Bud.

The über geeks

Written by Colin Devroe on October 14, 2005

Its not everyday that your CEO says: “Sure its ok that you pimp yourself via the 9rules blog”. This is an opportunity that I could not pass up.

Theubergeeks.net has been in the Network since the beginning. Since that time the site has changed, was redesigned and picked up a few new authors. We’re proud to announce that we have a new site and new focus – and we hope that you come over and check us out.

Generally we write about Apple products, the Mac OS, music, Web site development and things we hate. But that is only the beginning.

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The Largest Blog Network Around

Written by Scrivs on October 11, 2005

Well at least according to this comprehensive list put together by the fine folks over at Bloggers Blog. Of course this is ignoring the About.com sites which are powered by MovableType, but we think this is kind of cool nonetheless.

What does this mean? Absolutely nothing. Quantity is an easy thing to achieve with regards to blogs since there are millions and millions out there, however if you can’t maintain the quality then your network serves no purpose. We like to think that we have continued to bring you the type of quality that will continuously entice you to come back for more. Please let us know otherwise.

Also interesting to note is that the Fine Fools Network is quickly moving up the charts with regards to blog network size. Is it possible to run two of the top five largest blog networks at once and still remain successful? Of course it is, otherwise we wouldn’t bother trying. However, we don’t want the two largest, we want the two best networks around. Gawker will never be the biggest, but it will more than likely always remain one of the best due to the quality they provide.

Advertising/Design Goodness

Written by Scrivs on October 7, 2005

What makes up quality content? Is it the amount of words you find on a page? Is it the pretty design of the site? In Frederik Samuel’s case, it’s his ability find great advertising around the world and showcase it on his site. Advertising/Design Goodness focuses on what’s good about advertising and that’s what makes this site standout.

Frequently updated with quality ads, the site has become one of my daily stops. It takes a certain passion for advertising to do what Frederik has accomplished and I am glad to see he is letting that passion flesh out on his site.

Welcome Frederik. RSS Feed.

Instablogs Launches

Written by Mike Rundle on October 7, 2005

Instablogs finally launched only a few hours after they were supposed to. I distinctly remember talking to Paul a full 24 hours after they were supposed to launch (east coast) but maybe I was hallucinating.

As a designer and reader, I’m a bit disappointed to see that every single one of their weblogs suffers from the chronic DLWD, or Default Looking Weblog Disease, which happens to befall so many other weblogs out there. C’mon guys, if you weren’t going to actually design your blogs, at least use one of the really cool WordPress templates and adapt it to fit your own system.

I’m also equally disappointed to see that the vast majority of weblog posts from their authors are nothing more than a paragraph or two and then a link-out. I’ve only looked at about 10 of their weblogs so far, but I really haven’t seen any deep thought or great commentary. One of the things we look for when recruiting 9rules members is their ability to take multiple sources of information and then come up with their own take on a certain situation or technology. But, to their credit, Instablogs is still in their infancy and I’m sure their fleet of full-time writers will start generating original content soon enough.

Congratulations to our friends over at Instablogs: they launched a ton of weblogs and still rock cool cartoons. Great job guys!