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Round 4, aka the 700 Club, is Over

Written by Scrivs on May 18, 2006

Now it would be easier for me to say that we had 699 entries or even 701 (which Colin predicted a couple days ago), but I must admit that we landed on exactly 700 entries when Round 4 closed about a hour ago. I guess I should take this as a sign for good things to come or at the very least I have a cool nickname to give the Round 4 submitters. To everyone that submitted I would like to thank you very much because without your sites we have no Network and I know it’s not easy to expose your hard work for some strangers to judge whether you should get into a Network or not.

We are definitely looking forward to going through each and every site and introducing our newest members shortly. Let the fun begin.

  1. Devin Says:

    Tell me I get a prize for guessing correctly. Even though Colin guessed first he went over. Price is Right rules..

  2. AsceticMonk Says:

    Wow, that is a lot of site, but very happy for 9rules. Now, the rest is a huge and onerous job for all the staff here. I hope you guys take easy, don’t rush, and don’t drink too much coffee. ;)

  3. Ben Gray Says:

    700 club eh? I can dig that.

  4. Marc Says:

    Darn! Missed it “by this much,” to use an old phrase.

    It’s a shame and hope this opens again in the future. I note at present (before struggling thru the 700 new blogs) there are only three sports related blogs on the network.

    Well, maybe next time.

  5. Brendan Says:

    .. I guess “the 4400″ doesn’t re translate so well to “the 700″. :)

  6. Lindsey Says:

    I’m really excited to see what new content wll be added! I’ve found some of my absolute favorite blogs through 9rules and can’t wait to add more to my RSS feedreader!

    Goodluck all.

  7. eddmun Says:

    Good effort :D

  8. ralph dagza Says:

    tacos for everyone if i made the cut

  9. Thomas Silkjær Says:

    Is mails sent out to all submitters or only the ones that is accepted? :)

  10. Jon Roobottom Says:

    come on baby, daddy needs some new shoes…

  11. Paul Stamatiou Says:

    I can’t wait to see who’s gonna join the family.

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  13. litlove Says:

    How long does the process usually take? It’ll be great to see the ones that get in.

  14. Scrivs Says:

    Can’t say exactly, but I would say it will be over in about 3 weeks.

  15. Lelia Katherine Thomas Says:

    The worst things happen at the worst times, right? I submit my site to 9rules, and all hell breaks loose. Can I blame you all? :p My site, specifically the database, has since been fixed, and I’ve simply come to the conclusion that it had a midlife crisis.

    Such is life.

  16. colbert Says:


  17. Chris Morrell Says:

    Lucky number seven..hundred. I guess your websurfing days are over with that gigantic list to browse.

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  19. Bryan Says:

    As 1 of the 3 sports related blogs, I also hope there have been more sports related entries and we see that category fill up a little more.

  20. Kris Says:

    I agree, Bryan :)

    I submitted my sports blog, but I fear that its focus (the Minnesota Twins) might be a bit too narrow for a network like 9rules.

  21. Colin Devroe Says:

    Kris: Not really. We have a member, Mike Stickel, that writes about the Calgary Roughnecks. Narrowly focused topics are actually the best blogs, in my opinion.

  22. kimonostereo Says:

    Ah then there might be hope to get my webcomic into 9rules as well! :-) *crossing fingers*

  23. c. wess daniels Says:

    I hope you guys have an unendless supply of good strong coffee to help you power through so many sites. I wish I could help it sounds like fun!

  24. Mike Stickel Says:

    Damn, Colin beat me to it. Focusing on one subject is much easier than splitting your time among many — at least most of the time ;^)

    Think about this as well Kris, the NLL (National Lacrosse League) season only lasts from mid-January to mid-May.

  25. delicious:days Says:

    …argh can’t believe I’m running late again!!! Oliver

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  27. Jeff Says:

    Here’s hoping one day you’ll pick the best sites, and not just the fastest on the draw! :)

  28. Mav Block Says:

    Here’s to there being a tumblelog community and my tumblelog getting in! Lol…

  29. Dan Says:

    I’m just glad I caught the submission window this time. Out of curiousity – if a site doesn’t make the cut, will you be making recommendations for improvements, or just sending notifications? While I’m hoping to make it, if I don’t, I’d kind of like to know what I can do to improve my chances next time.

  30. henri Says:

    700 in one day… 9rules become a place to be ;)

    I submit my blog but it’s only in french so I’m pretty sure that it does not fit with your requirements, maybe a 9rules in french could be possible one day?

  31. Bonsai Says:

    Mine’s in spanish. I’ve seen the Spanish 9rules and it’s not too big. I hope that if I don’t get into 9rules I could get into the spanish 9rules

  32. Steven Says:

    Wow! I wonder which number I was…

    It’s a very strange thing to have it stop on number 700. Neat, though – and I hope you get tons more great content. I found all my favorite blogs through 9rules.

  33. AJ Says:

    Just wondering, do you guys go in any order when going through all the submissions (like first submission -> last) or vise-versa?

  34. ralph dagza Says:

    seriously, tacos for everyone if i made it

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  36. Abi Says:

    While I’m excited about the whole submission process, I also have a suggestion for the next round: send a confirmation/receipt email.

  37. Max Says:

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this round!

  38. Thomas Silkjær Says:

    Im quite excited as well :)

  39. weisheng Says:

    I agree with Abi on the confirmation email, that would be most helpful.

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  41. Weiran Says:

    I’m excited to see the new sites are approved. Had some good ones last round :).

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  43. Ryan Says:

    How many are being accepted this round?

  44. cavemonkey50 Says:

    I too am curious as to how the submission process goes down. Do you review sites in the order they were submitted? Also, do you announce the new sites as you approve them or do you wait until you’ve gone through them all and have one big announcement?

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing all the new sites that get accepted into the network. Hopefully one of them will be mine. ;-)

  45. Lindsay Says:

    It’s like American Idol auditions! haa.

  46. Mike Rundle Says:

    Hey Ryan, we never put our fingers down on a number to accept. As I’m sure Paul would agree with me, if all 700 submitted were fantastic then we’d take them all. As long as we feel a blog will enhance the Network for members and readers we’ll take it no matter how many we’ve already taken.

  47. Scrivs Says:

    I agree with Rundle.

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  49. brendan Says:

    So there is hope still. :)

  50. Dan Bachman Says:

    I for one can’t wait to see the breadth of the sites accepted in Round 4. Good luck all!

  51. eric Says:

    I totally agree with Abi – I still don’t know if my site was ever actually submitted to the system. A confirmation e-mail would remove any uncertainty.

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  53. Corman Says:

    To everyone out there requesting a confirmation email. You know what would make an excellent blog post? How about “X things to do to manage expectations” You could write something like:

    As many of you know, I’ve submitted this blog to the 9rules network. While 9rules does many things right, I’d like to take a minute and talk about their submission process which still seems to be suffering from growing pains.

    1. A confirmation email to the submitter when their site has been successfully submitted. With the high volume of submissions at the front end of the submission window, there were some problems with the form and an email would let the submitter know that their submission was successful.

    2. Timelines. It would quell some anxiety out there if we, the great-unwashed masses, knew when and how the accepted sites were notified. Will there be emails to site owners as they’re accepted? Will there be an announcement day when everyone is contacted at the same time? If so, when is that day? If not, how long should we be waiting by our inboxes for either an accepted or denied email? A week? Three weeks?

    3. How are sites selected? Are the sites reviewed by one person? Is there a committee system? Are sites selected by consensus or is there a voting system? Can a site be blackballed by a member of the committee, if there is a committee?

    4. How many blogs? Is there a target number or does any good site gain admission? Even if there is no official min or max, are there unofficial goals? Like strengthening certain communities, or competition being harder in those communities with over 10 blogs already.

    I could go on, but seeing as how this is a comment, I’ll stop here. What I find most interesting, is that the answers to these four questions are either on 9rules somewhere, in the comments of blog posts, or in the trackbacks. Its not a manner or releasing new information, but of summarizing all the info that’s out there for people. Its not a matter of people being stupid or lazy or not doing their homework. It’s a matter of people wondering if the kind of general guidelines that are out there apply to this specific case.

    Managing expectations is clutch when bringing up a new service or really anytime you’re doing something that’s important to a lot of your users. In this case, I can think of at least 700 people that this matters to.

    Anyway, I’d write this all out, but my site is all short stories and longer fiction.


  54. Dan Says:

    A confimation would have been good, though I think mine did get submitted in the end. I can’t wait to see some new blogs in 9rules.

  55. Andy Says:

    How do we best keep an eye out for round 5 in practical terms? Is popping back here once a week enough? This is a wonderful idea and I’m looking forward to browsing some of the member blogs. x

  56. Cas Says:

    You’re best bet is to subscribe to the rss feed for this blog. There’s fairly prominent link lurking around here somewhere (up the top of the page in the header). You normally get some advance warning – just enough time in fact to get wonderfully neurotic about your design, your content, your general worthyness… That, and there is generally enough people on assorted blogs shouting about upcoming submission rounds that they are hard to miss. Still regular reading is good too :)

    Not liking to be one to second-guess the chaps/chapettes in charge around here, I’d imagine the next round (if there even is one. Stranger things have happened) is still a few months down the line.

    Now I have shared my two-pennys-worth, I’m off to chew on what is left of my fingernails whilst waiting for the outcome of round 4. Looking forward to discovering new blogs and people to play with :D

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