Sunday, March 28, 2010
What is a Blogger of Note (and other important information)
It's been an amazing first week (has it really only been one week?) for WOW. The response has been overwhelming and we are beyond thrilled. However, it does seem that maybe we need to explain things a little bit better.
1. We have seen several commenters here and on some of our followers' blogs asking "What exactly is a a 'blog of substance?' How do I know if that's me?"
We are looking for blogs that are getting back to the basics of blogging. Like blogs used to be, before they were about making money. We want bloggers who write to share thoughts, to provoke readers to want to comment, to think, to "join the conversation."
These posts can be serious or humorous. They can be about any topic. But what they have in common is content. Great content. Doesn't have to be profound.
We are looking for blogs that have few or no ads and giveaways; those not about monetizing.
Basically, a blogger of note is a blogger who writes to share ideas. They blog for themselves. They're not trying to "build a brand", win giveaways or get sponsors. They blog because they have something to say and they like to write. Plain and simple.
2. On a related note, it's most important that people not only comment on the Blogger of Note's welcome post but also visit the three posts they have linked and comment on those; the posts the Blogger of Note feels are their favorite or best posts. The whole point of WOW is to expose thought provoking posts to like-minded readers who want to read those posts and get in on the conversation by leaving a thoughtful comment.
3. For the time being, we will be highlighting BONs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We hope to eventually highlight a new BON every weekday. But for now, while WOW is still in its infancy, we will allow each BON to be highlighted for two days so as to draw more readers to their blogs. As WOW grows and gains more followers and commenters, we will move to highlighting a new BON Monday-Friday.
4. WOW can only be successful if we get great bloggers to become BON. Please spread the word to all your favorite bloggers and if you would like to be a BON, please contact us at email@example.com. Let us know that you'd like to be highlighted on WOW and include links to three of your favorite posts. It's as simple as that.
We hope that this clears up the mystery of EXACTLY what a "blog of substance" is. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any more questions or suggestions for WOW. We are dedicated to making WOW a vibrant place for great bloggers to meet. We appreciate all your support and encouragement. We never imagined how quickly WOW would take off. It's very obvious to us that a network like WOW was long overdue. Be sure to check in tomorrow for a new BON. You won't be disappointed. We promise.