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Monday, September 10, 2007

Contributors

The question has been asked, “Why have I been removed from the sidebar/list of contributors?”

The answer is that I feel that the sidebar should reflect those who have recently contributed to this blog. Those removed had not contributed posts for at least two months and in some cases had never contributed a post.

Anyone can comment on this blog, and if they wish to post they simply have to drop me an email for a fresh invitation.

I outlined this change in my post here.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mr Gently said...

Can I just clarify if we're talking about Posting or Commenting here, or Both?

Obviously there may be people here who do not feel the need to post, but will happily comment if they have knowledge others could share.

Tue Sep 11, 08:43:00 am GMT  
Blogger Alex said...

By contribution I mean posting. As I've said the blog is open to anyone to comment, and if they contribute regularly they'll be re-added to the sidebar as a contributor.

BTW re your suggestion about changing the "Contributors" to "Regular Contributors", unfortunately the list is rendered by a Blogger Macro tag so I can't change the title. Unless of course someone knows otherwise.

Tue Sep 11, 10:18:00 am GMT  
Blogger Alex said...

Oh, and by regularly I mean a post within the last two months. So if anyone does have a post they feel would be of use to the community, by all means let me know and I'll send them an invitation.

Tue Sep 11, 10:21:00 am GMT  
Blogger Richard said...

Two months is a reasonable time frame. I cull dead links every two months myself. I try not to put links of blogs that have to many commercials on them. To many links can also hurt your google rating. One of the google algorithms checks how many links you have, and if there are to many, it assigns the site as a "link farm" and downgrades it.
Also, to many blogs have photos taken from other sites. If I wanted to see photos taken from,say, Indienudes, I can go there myself. I guess people do it to fill up space on their blog.
On a lighter side. The "comments" boxes are kind of small. If you go to http://instabloke.blogspot.com he has a nice template fix to make the box full screen.

Tue Sep 11, 03:48:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Devilbluedress said...

I have mixed feelings about this. You are left with 5 bloggers as contributing members. That is not much of a "community" even though you are extending the ongoing invitation to others.

I'm not sure what the readership of this blog looks like, but I think it will fall with what looks like such an exclusive authorship list.

Alex, you are a great friend personally and have helped me in many ways. However, I feel that your blog is much more "powerful and outgoing" than mine. Vivianne's is another really energetic place. Richard has helped me a great deal with template issues in the past, and is incredibly friendly. Forgive me, but I don't know Mr. Gently or Imelda Imelda well, but Mr. Gently started this blog and recruited many of the original contributors.

I've always felt that as a blogger, I write for myself. I've also organized my own little piece of the world in a way that gives back to others where and when I can. I contribute here when I can, but it is always unexpected. I don't actively look for information for SBC.

I'm concerned that this new change will create an appearance of exclusivity. Hopefully, there can be new efforts to counter that and broaden readership as well.

Wed Sep 12, 01:47:00 am GMT  
Blogger Alex said...

Devil

This blog has always been open to anyone with a blog to contribute and anyone with an Internet connection to comment. Of those previously on the sidebar many had not contributed for months and around half had never posted at all. The list on the sidebar represents the contributors to the content of the site. In addition 2 or 3 did not have even have blogs.

I have no intention of making this blog exclusive, but equally I would be doing a disservice to those who do contribute (like yourself) if I were to credit those who have not contributed (Like Suze for example) recently as active members.

There are too many blogs out there that have been abandoned and are quite obviously derelict. Managing a blog, personal, community or resource means ensuring that the content is relevant and contemporary. This blog many be a “community”, but it is not a social network, that’s partly what the blog world as a whole is for. More than community I have always regarded it as a resource and if any blogger wishes to add relevant content to this resource they can.

As for promoting this blog, you have a point so how about this weekend I do a bit of PR and spread the word.

Wed Sep 12, 07:33:00 am GMT  
Blogger Devilbluedress said...

I love the PR idea, Alex! If you have time go for it! I would never ask anyone to do anything- as I have no time for anything. RL keeps me so busy I wonder how I'm ever online.

Many of the other points are well taken and quite valid. I felt it necessary to leave a comment as I had mixed feelings and didn't want SBC to begin to look exclusive. I actually don't mind deleting derelict bloggers, etc. But it's not a community when it becomes to small either.

Wed Sep 12, 03:16:00 pm GMT  
Blogger Imelda Imelda said...

Devil: On a side note, I'm always happy to get acquainted with fellow bloggers :)

Mon Sep 24, 07:45:00 pm GMT  

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