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Our upcoming community: Blogging

Written by Tyme White on June 27, 2007

Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote anything on the blog and yes, it’s rather ironic a company surrounded with blogs doesn’t have a Blogging Community…but I digress…

I was reading my feeds yesterday and I came across the Matt’s entry about WordPress security. There was a security issue, they patched it but that did not stop people from criticizing. One of the beautiful features of the internet is freedom of speech. Wincent wasn’t disrespectful or condescending…he stated what he felt were the “facts” and expressed his opinion. In truth, I’m glad Wincent Colaiuta wrote his article because it caused me to think.

All of our 9rules membership areas are built from the core functions of WordPress. All the areas of my.9rules are build from the core functions of bbpress. With the launch of Ali2 we will be expanding with more features based on those two products. You know what? Scrivs, Mike and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Security issues come up. As much as the WordPress team tries to prevent these things from happening, they do happen. They respond quickly and responsibly to these issues. When I say quickly, I do not mean they rush to get a patch out. To me, they are taking the time to address the issue the best way possible along with perhaps addressing other issues in the process. The key: by being open source there are people looking at the code and finding these things – which does not normally happen with commercial products.

Matt does bring up a good point:

Making notification better and upgrading more painless for people not lucky enough to be on a host like that are problems with some very clever minds on them, and I’m confident that we’ll have good progress toward each in the next major release of WP.

From the hosting side even if there is a one-click upgrade process, getting people to upgrade is challenging. Then I thought about all the members who are using WordPress, our my9rules users using WordPress, and how we could help give back to the community. I changed my personal blog to WordPress. My thinking is if I believe in WordPress as much as I do, why aren’t I using it? Now I am. When it’s time to upgrade, I’ll be doing it right along with everyone else. This will also aid me in troubling issues members and users have from time to time.

As mentioned, I interact with my WordPress users on a daily basis. Ironically, as I write this someone noticed I implemented tags on my blog and asked me how to do it. With the launch of Ali2, we will be starting a community specifically for blogging. This is long overdue because we receive a fair amount of questions about blogging, the vast majority of them WordPress related. 9rules will help educate our users about WordPress, the importance of updating and all the things that encompass blogging such as design, writing, etc. This makes sense because we have a good amount of members in our design and programming communities that release themes for WordPress.

Finally, 9rules will have a community dedicated to blogging.

Thank you Matt – if it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

9rules Is A Top 25 Blog Directory…Kinda

Written by Scrivs on June 25, 2007

We have been labeled as many things during our existence, but blog directory is one that I can’t recall being bestowed upon us. However, this is how Blogger Buster has referred to us in their Top 25 Blog Directories entry.

22. 9Rules
Not exactly a blog directory, but by creating an account your blog’s RSS feed can be aggregated.

Signing up for a my.9r account and participating in Notes can actually be a great way to gain some exposure for your site and build some relationships and if that is the point of a blog directory then I guess you can call us one.

In other news, we knocked out a couple more pages for Ali2 (main Notes preview) and are very, very excited about what we are bringing to the table. Usually, I don’t like to hype things because I leave that up to Mike, but damn this stuff is going to be so cool and some of it is stuff never seen done before on a content network.

WeightWatchers

Written by Scrivs on June 23, 2007

So I decided to join WeightWatchers because I heard so many great things about it and wanted to lose some weight. They gave me great feedback on how to go about losing weight and getting back into the figure that I want as well as connecting me with some great people who are going through the same stuff as me. I figured it would be easy all I had to do is signup and the weight would magically start to come off.

I noticed that after a month I still weighed the same as before. Nothing had changed although I joined WeightWatchers. I didn’t understand it because I continued doing things the way I always do, but being a WeightWatchers member meant I should’ve started to lose weight.

So I got mad at WeightWatchers for not doing what I thought they would do and that is help me lose weight without me doing anything. They explained to me that they gave me the resources to see a change and all I had to do was put some effort into it, but that isn’t what I wanted. Joining them should’ve meant that I could lose weight easily…hell, almost automatically.

I quit WeightWatchers because they didn’t do what I expected of them and walked away knowing that I did everything I needed to do on my end to get the job done. I’m sure I would’ve met some of these people even if I hadn’t joined WeightWatchers so in my mind they did absolutely nothing for me and I am disappointed and can’t recommend them to anyone.

I’m off to get liposuction now because that produces instant results.

And that was your Saturday analogy.

Behind 9rules: Weekends

Written by Scrivs on June 16, 2007

If you have a normal job in an office, weekends are the time of the week you get to enjoy. When you own your own company though, weekends can either be time you take for yourself or time you take to work uninterrupted to finish some new features. When you control your own paycheck there seems to be a mentality that you should never take a break and keep on pushing. We sort of take the opposite approach.

I know each of us is online in some form or another during the weekends, but rarely are we online at the same time collaborating. I’m writing this entry on a Saturday knowing not many people will read it and knowing that Mike and Tyme are off enjoying themselves, but I like the idea of writing at this time because it is freedom.

In this Web 2.0 world there is a mentality that you must get big quickly and that means 20 hour days and weekends don’t exist. We have been around since 2005 so we are old timers in this game yet we aren’t on the cover of Time Magazine yet or throwing massive parties with $150k sponsors. 9rules has always reflected our personalities and a large part of that is realizing we only have one life to live and there is no reason pretending that a couple hours spent busting our asses on the weekend is going to change the world.

However, those couple of hours we spend on the weekends with friends and family will have more of an impact than anything we could do here. I’m not saying there aren’t weekends where you won’t find me coding up a storm, but I am just saying don’t forget Web 2.0 isn’t your life. Enjoy it while I go back to coding up some stuff for Ali2.

Moving Servers Tonight

Written by Scrivs on June 5, 2007

Just giving all the late nighters a heads up that we will be moving servers tonight so there will be a bit of a downtime as our buddies over at (mt) put us on some NASA servers. There will more than likely be a couple more hardware upgrades over the next couple of weeks as we prepare for Ali2 and the 3,879 new things it is bringing.

We here at 9rules thank you for your patience.