Outta 9Rules

Some time ago, this site was accepted under 9Rules:

“9rules is a community of the best weblogs in the world on a variety of topics. We started 9rules to give passionate writers more exposure and to help readers find great blogs on their favorite subjects. It’s difficult to find sites worth returning to, so 9rules brings together the very best of the independent web all under one roof”.

Recently, however, an email was sent with new terms and conditions – it is now compulsory to be actively participating in the forum:

If you feel you are contributing by your entries being shown only, 9rules is no longer a good fit for you, decline the agreement (or do not respond), please remove the leaf from your site and we will remove your site from displaying on 9rules. If you agree but don’t have the time to interact or don’t feel you should (or don’t want to), the participation will become a chore, something you didn’t want to do in the first place. It just won’t work in the long-term so it would be best to decline now.

When I first joined it, I liked the fact that 9Rules was a curated, closed network of blogs demanded quality content, over the more indiscriminate ‘web-directory’ approach that aimed to include all. Quality over quantity. Now that is no longer enough it seems – we need to be active participants in their forum as well.

I have never been active on the forums – I thought quality content was what mattered. Since our objectives are no longer aligned, I guess it’s time to call it quits then. So, thanks for the exposure while it lasted – hopefully readers who discovered my little abode on the Internet through 9Rules would continue to drop by.


4 comments so far

  1. dt on

    Yeah good idea, at one stage everybody wanted to get on due to the quality that it reflected. Now the rabble that get on is just poor stuff.

    Looks like they are trying to create some sort of networking system and “forcing” people to get on, it will be interesting to see who quits as well.

  2. Gems Sty on

    Hi DT,

    To be fair 9Rules started out as a social network/forum kind of place – they talked over and over about the ‘good old days’ where people are close and know each other and will help, etc. It is up to them to decide which course they want to take – for me it’d be interesting to see whether they can indeed get back to the old state or are they actually clinging on to something that has since long gone/evolved.

    One of the blogs that I frequent and also quit is – no coincidence perhaps – Dan Lockton from ‘Architectures of Control‘. Heh, perhaps given his blog topic this should be no surprise at all actually!

  3. weisheng on

    Yeah, I remember when I had my old blog it was THE place to sign your blog up to. I enjoy dropping by their notes feature but it seems the focus of the whole network has changed. The site has become too confusing, I tried to browse the communities today and couldn’t even find a list of member sites. It’s not really the place to go to anymore if you want to find quality blog content, most of the sites I read on 9rules have left.

    I stopped blogging sometime ago, glad you’re still going strong! Enjoy browsing your blog every now and again.

  4. Gems Sty on

    Hi Weisheng,

    Thanks for dropping by! Blogging-fatigue do sometimes seep in now and then – I’m actually rather surprised that I’ve kept going till now too!

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