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2010 Brings More Change

Written by Scrivs on January 12, 2010

Hi, my name is Paul Scrivens. I’m the guy who came up with this domain name and am 1/10th of the collective brain that came up with the original concept for 9rules. Although it seems like half a century ago I’m sure a couple of you remember how 9rules was when we initially launched. A small community where we all got together and discussed anything in our forums and showcased great content that truly mattered. As blogs matured and moved on we tried to move 9rules along with it. There were some successes and some failures, but we could always say that whenever we tried something new we did it with the best intentions.

Last August, we announced our sale of the site to Splashpress. I agreed to stay on for a bit with 9rules to help the Splashpress team with the transition. During this time we even had a Round, but I didn’t participate in it and admittedly most of the sites wouldn’t have gotten in under the watch of Tyme, Mike or myself.

In November, I took over the reins of Splashpress and with this came managing 9rules all over again. Now when we first handed over 9rules we felt that it was a good thing because we thought someone else with a fresh perspective could bring some added flavor to the Network. With my mini-vacation I was finally able to sit back and see where 9rules was going and much of it I didn’t like. Fortunately, now that 9rules is under the SPM umbrella there isn’t a constant struggle to ensure that we are bringing in a ton of money, which admittedly was part of what clouded my judgements with 9rules before.

9rules doesn’t have to be the world leader in blogging or be a name that is recognized by all. 9rules simply needs to be what it does best and that is a place for people who love to write to come together. To do this though requires a lot of changes and one of them you can see over time is the removal of a lot of sites that just don’t match the quality that 9rules represents. One of the best times at 9rules was when we first started with 17 sites and we might very well get back down to that number. If you are a member and you don’t see your site up anymore then you probably haven’t been following what is going on in the forums. If that is the case you shouldn’t be too concerned. You are still a member in the forums so you can continue interacting with 9rules members.

There is also going to be a new model of how 9rules works. Every piece of content written by our members isn’t frontpage worthy, we realize that. If our job is to showcase the best content then we need to create a system where only the best content shows and that is what we are working on behind the scenes. I can’t promise a return to the glory days because those are behind us, but I can ensure you that the changes that do take place are ones that bring a focus back to why you came to 9rules in the first place.

9rules Welcomes Its New Overlords

Written by Scrivs on August 26, 2009

It has been a while since I have come on here to talk to you good people and that in itself is a problem. You may have talked to Tyme, Mike and myself plenty on a one-to-one basis somewhere else, but on the 9rules blog it has been quiet. Over the past couple of months the Triad has been considering what to do with 9rules. If you have followed us over the years you know that we have no problems making big changes to our site and community with the chance of making it better. However, we came to the point where the ideas stopped flowing and we were stuck.

This wasn’t due to a lack of passion for 9rules. 9rules helped to get Mike and me off the ground and has introduced you to the wonderful Tyme. We care about 9rules and this is why it bothered us so much as to what we could do with it to push it forward. Every decision we have ever made about the future of 9rules has put our members front and center. We want to give them the best opportunity to have their content exposed to the world because that is what they deserve and why they joined in the first place.

Because of this we have decided to reach out to a company that knows a thing or two about blogs and could bring in a fresh new team of talent to take 9rules even further. Enter Splashpress Media. Why Splashpress? Because not only do they have the people that have a passion for publishing online content, but they also have the resources to make things happen without being too large as to forget the core of what makes 9rules special, the community. Much of the Splashpress team have been fans of 9rules for years so this will only make the transition easier as they understand the purpose of 9rules and why it is important to continue to push quality content to the forefront of the web.

I’ll let the Splashpress team come on here and let everyone know what the future holds for 9rules so continue to check back here or subscribe to the feed. As for what is happening with the Triad you can be sure to follow each of us on our Twitter accounts (Mike, Scrivs and Tyme). I will be sticking around 9rules for the next couple of months to ensure a smooth transition and to show a new group of people of how annoying I can be.

Mike, Tyme and myself would like to thank all of the wonderful people we have met over the years for supporting 9rules and we hope that you continue to show your support as it moves forward to bigger and better things. If you wish, don’t hesitate to send us bottles of liquor, but please send them to me so I can approve of them before I send them out to Mike and Tyme. This is their request, not mine I can assure you.

Foxweb Are Innovators

Written by Scrivs on December 8, 2008

From foxweb:

Our innovative creative design team spends hours ensuring that your unique and suited to your needs.

Hm? Guess that means our leaf that we created 4 years before them isn’t unique or innovative…at least their grammar is unique.

Round 8 Is Closed

Written by Scrivs on November 5, 2008

Thanks to the 90 million people who submitted. It took us a while to write down all the information on index cards, but we were able to do it. I am proud of us. More so I am proud of myself because I only suffered five paper cuts through the process. Thank you for everyone that submitted.

I don’t have an exact date as for when the acceptance list will be posted, but it will be done much quicker than usual. The last submission round of 2008 is complete!

Round 8 Is Open

Written by Scrivs on November 4, 2008

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