When earlier this year, a certain individual decided to create a network of weblogs, I noted the fact and carried on.However, as the network started to take shape and many of my favourite online destinations started to join the network, I began to take more and more notice. And as well as seeing some old faces, I was introduced to some new ones.
So when a second round of submissions was opened, I decided to throw my dice and see if I could sneak in…
…And then I saw some of the other entries.
- Bryan Veloso
- Paul Davidson
- Shawn Grimes
- Khaled Abou Alfa
- Particle Tree
- Roger Johansson
- Jonathan Snook
- Lisa McMillan
- Not to mention the other great entries
These were all sites that I was already subscribing or will be subscribing to. These were sites that easily match up to the criteria of great content. These were exactly the type of sites that I love reading. And these sites were all leagues ahead of my own.
No big deal, my submission was never really much more than a flight of fancy but I walked away content and indeed happy knowing that I’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to some wonderful words.
Fit of lunacy
So when a mysterious email from Paul Scrivens arrived in my inbox at the end of last week, I wasn’t expecting much more than a polite email explaining why my submission was unsuccessful. I definitely wasn’t expecting an invitation to join the network.
Well, so much for the quality assurance; anyhow, if they’re crazy enough to think that this site matches up to the current members, then that’s their mistake:) I wasn’t going to give them a chance to come to their senses and fired off my acceptance.
And so here we are today; I’m now an official 9Ruler.
Doing things betterer
So, why join? Well, probably there’s a shallow part wriggling inside of me. I guess I like having my words read. There’s a simple pleasure in finding a comment on some words that I’ve written (there’s a not so subtle hint there :wink:) but it’s good to know that maybe, there is just one other person in the world that enjoys reading my crap. And knowing that gives me an incentive to invest time on my words and helps motivate me to write betterer (sic).
And that’s pretty much why I joined.
I joined because I’m not compelled or forced to write about something I’m not interested in. I don’t have to plug anything I’m not comfortable with, and I’m not going to pollute the site with ads. I’m not given a list of stuff that I have to write something on and I’m not forced to change my style of writing. I’m just continuing what I was doing before, something that I enjoy. The difference is that I now have an opportunity to do it in front of a wider audience and with the support of some fantastic people.
I view 9Rules as a catalyst for better writing. It’s not going to change what I write about or how, at least not directly. It’ll be exactly the same drivel, just more so.