Recent Blog Entries
Written by Tyme White on May 28, 2008
Just a quick heads up that I will be sending out emails tomorrow to the new members to begin the setup process. I will make an update to this entry once all the emails are sent out. I keep track of who has been processed and who hasn’t so if, at the end, there are sites missing I will send out a second email.
I also responded to all of the “why wasn’t my site accepted” emails I received. If you didn’t receive my response let me know and I’ll resend it. I enjoyed interacting with all of you.
That’s it. Have a great week everyone!
Update May 29, 2008 6:49pm EST: All the emails have been sent out. If you did not receive it let me know (along with your domain name).
Update June 3, 2008 4:32pm EST: I’ve added all the new members that I received a response from. If you haven’t received my email with instructions to get your site set up or responded and haven’t heard from me, let me know.
Written by Tyme White on May 22, 2008
If you watched the stream where we went through the sites you’ll remember some were accepted…but we couldn’t say who they were. I thought I would share some of them…and announce a couple that I had questions on and they responded:
http://vocino.com/: This is the one where I said I look forward to watching him grow as a blogger. I like the innocent (enthusiastic) perspective he has towards some of his entries. So often we are filled with the “expert” authoritative perspective, which is fine, but it’s not the “only” perspective.
http://happysoda.com: This was the site I was looking at when my eyes popped. We had a cryptic conversation about anime.
http://desktopvibes.com/: When I said, “Wow, he’s all grown up!” I was talking about Glenn. He was 14 when he first started with 9rules.
That’s all that I can recall of the stream where I could spark your memory. So, without further ado – the members that were accepted in the stream and a couple I got confirmation information from:
I may have a couple of others. As I said, I sent emails out with questions prior to announcing the list. Didn’t want to keep anyone waiting!
Written by Tyme White on May 22, 2008
As promised, we’re announcing the blogs that were accepted for 9rules membership from Round 6. We will not be releasing statistics on how many sites submitted, the percentage of sites accepted vs. submitted, etc. This moment is about those sites that were accepted without the drain of analytical observations.
The sites we did not accept basically fell into several broad categories:
- The site was new: We require at least six months of consistent posting. We received submissions for some awesome sites that were too new to accept. Please resubmit your site in August so the guys and I can drool over them again. I cannot stress enough to resubmit. If you want to know if your site falls into this category please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Content was a mashup of another entry: I talked about this in a previous article. An example: “Scrivs wrote about People Differentiation on 3by9. It’s a cool topic, check it out!” We aren’t looking for those types of entries. However, it is wonderful to be inspired by an article and add your own twist and original content. We did not accept blogs that mashup content from other sites.
- Bad navigation: If you watched the stream where we went through sites you saw an example of us clicking through sites trying to find archives, a contact page or just navigate through the site. A reader will not take that much time trying to find what they are looking for. They’ll go to the next site.
- No focus: The author of the blog used their blog to randomly dump information. Every blogger has their own style but our readers are looking for more focused content where the blog has a clear direction on the content being published.
Those are the main reasons. If you have any questions about your blog, let me know. For the sites we had questions on, I’ve already sent out the emails. I will be contacting the new members next week to get your sites set up.
Here is the list of accepted sites before you guys kill me. Congrats!
Round 6 Accepted Sites
Written by Scrivs on May 14, 2008
A minor update to let everyone know that next week we will be announcing the list of sites that made it into 9rules for Round 6. Can’t specify the day as of yet, but it will be next week. Till then continue to enjoy the 9rules goodness.
Also as of now we will not tell you the number of submissions because people get caught up in the number and no matter how many sites we let in we are either too exclusive or not exclusive enough, which takes away from the great sites that get accepted.
Written by Tyme White on May 8, 2008
We’ll be having a Streamcast at 3pm EST today. We’ve been asked many times “how” we go through sites. We’re going to show you. We will not be giving out URLs of the sites we are viewing or giving details on submissions but you’ll be able to see what we do. You can view the Streamcast here.
Yeah. See you there!