9charitiesThe first purpose of the 9rules Network is to help its members connect with each other and with our readers. We have tried our best to gather the greatest talent from all niches on the web and obviously due to our strong roots in the web development community we have a great deal of resources to work with. A couple of months after starting the Network I thought it would be great to gather the talent within the Network to do some good for those who aren’t able to afford such talent.

However, as what usually happens with me, that idea got lost amongst the millions of others, but thankfully within the forums the idea came up again to help out some charities. This time the idea would not get lost and 9charities was finally born.

9charities is a simple thing. Within the Network we will select 9 charities every year and help build their web presence and provide them with hosting. There will be a great combination of designers and developers working on each project so each one will be unique and hopefully I can convince them to document their process every step of the way so the development community gets something out of it. Over the next couple of weeks and months you will begin to see the charities that we have decided to work with and their projects rolling out.

We still aren’t the next Web 2.0 IPO that many people are striving to become or the latest company to shutdown acquisition rumors, but that doesn’t bother us. We have left our mark with showcasing great content on the web and now we are looking forward to making our mark in other ways. I am very proud of the response this project has received within our forums and the commitment that so many of our members have put behind it. This is just the first in a line of projects that show we are not a blog network, but a community of people looking to make a change.

One of these days I am sure we will be the big company profiled in Business 2.0 and merging with Yahoo!, but for now why can’t we just be the small company with a tiny community making a difference on the web?