Support for new original blogs

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  • #83537

    I run a creative arts blog on wordpress (thehashmark.wordpress.com), and am always annoyed when I log in and see the same old blogs hogging the space in the top blogs section. Its always technology news and updates, which I don’t necessarily have a problem with, its just that there is no range. I understand that they are there because they are getting the most hits, but I wish wordpress would perhaps create a ‘recommended blogs’ section that featured small, original blogs, instead of giving advertising space to the same old recycled material. We have loads of enthusiastic contributors who would love to see their stuff getting more hits – I’m sure wordpress could give us a helping hand.

    Thanks a lot, duncannichols

    P.S If that came across as bitching I apologise.

    #83771

    raincoaster
    Member

    Several people here have proposed doing a WordPress-specific review blog. It’s a lot of work; maybe you could volunteer to help and bring that into being.

    Also, it’s not fair to imply that the top blogs are unoriginal. In many cases they are there because they are unique and valuable, and a lot of people recognize that. Giving recognition to deserving blogs doesn’t require denigrating existing, successful ones.

    #83772

    drmike
    Member

    Been bitched (Being honest as I agree) about many times.

    Only thing we can point you at is the growing blogs list also within your dashboard as well as the http://botd.wordpress.com lists.

    #83801

    raincoaster
    Member

    Also, in the off-topic forum we have a thread for blog promotion and one for “What you posted in your blog today.” Have you used them? Do you go to the blogs in them?

    #83822

    drmike
    Member

    Off Topic subforum.

    Plug yourself thread
    What did you post today thread

    Hope this helps,
    -drmike

    #83983

    bdean
    Member

    Is there a way to allow any user connecting to our Blog from our website to create a new post (not just a comment on an existing post)?

    #83988

    timethief
    Member

    @bdean

    Is there a way to allow any user connecting to our Blog from our website to create a new post (not just a comment on an existing post)?

    Well, the answer to your question is “no” and that hinges on the word “any user”. A blog is not a “forum”. Also aside from that allowing “any user” to post to your blog would be an open invitation to spammers.

    However, the FAQs blog tells you how you could add specified contributors, authors, editors and even administrators to your blog. As well it tells you what privileges each “role” has visa vis the blog.

    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/17/how-do-i-add-more-authors-users-to-my-blog/
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/12/what-are-the-different-roles/

    P.S. Your question doesn’t seem to be on-topic for this thread. It’s always best to post into a directly related thread or to start a new one where applicable. :)

    #84100

    bloglily
    Member

    I do agree that it would be nice if WordPress featured some of the many, many terrific blogs that, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the attention they deserve.

    In fact, for a very long time, the wordpress main page used to link to a blog started up by a guy name Ken. The blog is called — straightforwardly enough — “best blog on wordpress.” When I discovered it, Ken had a call out for volunteers, so for quite a while I contributed descriptions of the blogs I came across that seemed worth taking a look at. I loved hunting around for unsung blogs and I also loved knowing that they were getting some well deserved attention, thanks to the power of the main page link. There were quite a few editors on that blog, from all walks of life, and that tended to mean that, over time, lots of topics were covered.

    When the main page was redesigned, the link was removed and although I urged Matt and Co. to reconsider, I’ve never heard back from them.

    It was a wonderful community project and it’s now languishing. Maybe if a few people would volunteer to work on the project and bug Matt, etc. about it, it’ll come back. I’d be happy to keep contributing, but it seemed to me that if wordpress wasn’t going to back it, it wasn’t really going to achieve its main purpose which was to promote unsung blogs.

    #84101

    raincoaster
    Member

    Quotes has already started a blog like that, so get in touch with him; he’s looking for helpers.

    Why do we need corporate backing to support new blogs? Seems counter-intuitive to me. The Plug Your Blog and What Did You Post Today threads are a place for people to promote their own blogs without WP interfering in any way, positive or negative. And so is quotes’s project.

    As I understand it, the link to the original WP-rating blog was removed because there was internecene drama going on, and WP as a company is allergic to that. Yet another reason to do this independently. If people like the Blog Reviews, they will promote them spontaneously. If people don’t find much value in them, they won’t; it’ll live or die by how much demand for this there is.

    #84102

    quotes
    Member

    I believe that there is one blog currently in the queue to get a Weblogs.com hosted weblog award as of this moment. If I present that award then I will have a space to add a new nominee to the queue.

    Perhaps thehashmark.wordpress.com would be a good candidate?

    #84103

    quotes
    Member

    Here is an award for Sulz.

    http://weblogawards.wordpress.com/

    Another one in the morning.

    I will put up the award code in a while.

    #84109

    bloglily
    Member

    Hey Rain, The BestBlog site never struck me as having “corporate backing” — it was intended to be a community resource, like the forums, and a good thing for people to have access to through a link from the front page. There was never any actual communication to or from Matt, etc.

    As for internecene drama, I think you’ve got that wrong. I don’t know of any struggle or dispute among the people who volunteered to help edit that blog. Our biggest problem was finding people who had enough time to look around for great blogs. Perhaps you’re thinking of some other blog or some other group.

    BL

    #84110

    raincoaster
    Member

    Bloglily, my “corporate backing” remark is directed at people who expect WordPress itself to support something like this, not at the BestBlog. But I’m glad to hear there was no drama behind the scenes: my impression had been that bloggers were getting backstabby, and I’m glad to hear that’s wrong.

    #84111

    sulz
    Member

    quotes: thanks again. =))

    #84112

    timethief
    Member

    @sulz
    I’m curious. How did your blog qualify to receive this award? And which blog received it? I see that your blog stats indicate on the blog linked to your username here an average of 62 visitors daily and 95 page views daily for an average visit length of 1 minute and 40 seconds and that your blog’s page rank is 5. What I can’t see is what criteria were used to make this award.

    #84113

    sulz
    Member

    timethief: it works like a blogs of the day award. you nominate a blog, the award giver reviews the blogs nominated for the day, and if yours is the best among them, then you get it. it works more like an avenue to promote unheard blogs.

    that said, your comment stung a little. =(

    #84114

    raincoaster
    Member

    It’s a review, not an analytics thing. So it’s someone’s opinion of how good the blog is, not a measure of how popular, etc.

    #84115

    bloglily
    Member

    I’ve been sort of absent for the last few months, but this thread has made me realize it’s time to re-energize that bestblog site. If anybody’s interested in working on it, there’s a “comments” page where you can get in touch with Ken, who began the blog. And quotes, if you’re looking for help, I’d be pleased to contribute.

    Sulz — I think TT is more interested in the mechanics of things, not in suggesting that you don’t deserve to be spotlighted for your fine blog. We all know that traffic doesn’t always or even often have much to do with the quality of a site. (Except in Rain’s case!)

    #84116

    raincoaster
    Member

    Awww, thanks!

    #84117

    timethief
    Member

    @sulz
    I don’t understand why you would say my questions about criteria stung. I thought that the answers to them would amount to public knowledge and you wouldn’t hesitate to share them. Also your blogs are in completely different categories than mine are so this has nothing to do with competitiveness.

    bloglily has it right – I was interested in the mechanics. You and I both know that criteria for determining what “quality content” is are subjective, right?

    I have never entered a contest in my life prior to:
    (1) knowing the rules;
    (2) knowing the criteria for granting awards; and
    (3) checking out the credentials of those who were doing the judging.

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