Am I Hopelessly Behind The Curve With MyBlogLog?

It seems like all the blogs I read have the cute little widget from MyBlogLog in their sidebar. Everywhere I go I’m seeing the tiny pictures of all the latest readers of their blogs. To be honest, I tend to ignore stuff like this, at least initially, because I only have time lately to soak up as much content as I can and then move on.

Today, though, I finally read a post on ProBlogger about the recent problems with MyBlogLog. Apparently, there has been a huge problem with spam on this network in recent days and that has caused an uproar amongst it’s users. If you’re curious, here’s a response to the incident on MyBlogLog’s blog.

A quick note of explanation is in order for those of you (like me) who haven’t been paying attention to all of this. MyBlogLog is another social networking service that allows you to build a community page for your blog and connect with other members. It is geared towards bloggers in particular (hence the name) rather than just the general population.

As for myself, I find the whole idea of MyBlogLog to be somewhat interesting, but I’ll wait a little bit before I go joining another social networking site. I’ll at least have to wait until the dust settles on this latest flap. When I do join up, you’ll be the first to know.

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9 Responses to Am I Hopelessly Behind The Curve With MyBlogLog?

  1. Ray, I totally thought the same thing about MyBlogLog. But I finally caved just over two weeks ago and signed up. It’s now the fourth biggest referrer to my site, only behind Google, direct hits, and StumbleUpon (only because I just got a major Stumble recently – that traffic comes and goes).

    It’s also majorly addicting to see who comes by your site. I say give it a shot – you can always get rid of it if you don’t like the extra visitors. ;)

    How are you, btw? It’s been a while since we connected!

    Wendy

  2. ray says:

    Hi Wendy. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it more and even eyeballing my sidebar for a spot… I’m guessing it’s worth trying, but the thing that worries me is having to sift through another pile of spam. If I can avoid that time waster as well as getting some good traffic, then I’ll be happy.

    It has been a while, hasn’t it? I’m busy, busy, busy with all the little (and big) things that life continues to throw at me. I’m hanging in there, though, and I expect this year will end up being a good one. I check out your site pretty often and I’m really impressed by what you’ve accomplished. You really are an inspiration. Great work!

  3. Scott Rafer says:

    @ray — We’d love to have you onboard when you are ready.

    @Wendy — I still owe you a note on the contest. Sorry I’m behind.

  4. Chris says:

    Hey Ray,
    I held off a little bit before joining MyBlogLog, then I took the plunge. Like Wendy said, it is sending traffic my way. I think people see your picture or avatar in the widget and then give your site or profile a visit. I initially joined cause I thought it would be a good way to find relevant interesting material by checking out blogs that like similar blogs as I do. I haven’t had much trouble with Spam but I have seen it on others profiles.

  5. ray says:

    Hi Scott. I’m going to try it out in the next few days. Nice to meet you and thanks for visiting!

  6. ray says:

    Hey Chris, that’s a good point, too. When I’ve checked out the widgets I see on other blogs, I’ve always been looking for people I know. It is cool to be able to match a face to a name (if they’re not scared to post their picture!).

  7. And to your other point, the spam isn’t really that bad. Darren complains about it, but he also has one of the biggest MyBlogLog communities of all – so it’s natural he’s an easy target.

    You got a comment from Scott? I’m jealous! ;)

    Glad to hear you’re doing well, by the way, and thanks for the compliment!

    W

  8. Bekah says:

    I need so much help. There is so much out there I don’t know where to start. I’m looking into blogs and have this on my toolbar and I have gmail. Where do I go from here? What direction does a beginer go to? Do I need alot of members for bloging.

  9. ray says:

    Hi Bekah. Just try to keep things simple to begin with. Start by going to blogger.com and signing up for a free blog. Since you’re using gmail already, you can sign in with your google account information, so it will be even easier for you to get started.

    My advice for a beginner is to think for a little bit first about what you’d like to talk about on your blog. Also, think for a minute about what your goals are going to be. Do you want to make money with this blog? Do you want to just have a personal blog to let your voice be heard? Or, do you have a niche topic you want to share with the rest of the world?

    After you’ve spent a little bit of time thinking about it, go for it. It won’t cost you anything to set up a blog. Blogger.com is a good, easy way to start and that’s where I had my first blog, too. People will find your blog slowly at first, but if you keep posting and also leaving good comments on other blogs that you visit, you’ll get more and more traffic. Don’t get discouraged, because it does take time. Just remember to have fun with it always. Good luck!

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