In this post I will discuss the value of Blog Community Sites. There are three main sites: MyBloglog, Bumpzee, and Blog Catalog. I have posted a link to a site reviewing these three in a previous post and a comparison of the first two can be found here. I will leave the comparisons to the other sites and focus only on my experience with the three of them.
MyBloglog is the oldest of the three and, as far as I can tell, the originator of the idea of creating blog communities. This was such a successful idea that this site was purchased by Yahoo!. My experience, though, has not been that rewarding as of yet. The moment that I posted the MyBloglog widget on my site I started to see the little pictures of my recent visitors. My Web server logs revealed, however, that these visitors did not originate from MyBloglog. Instead they just happened to be MyBloglog members who found my site from other sources, mostly Technorati and Google. This seemed like a promising concept, though, so I continued to look for other sites. You can view my blog’s profile page here.
Bumpzee is a site that was started to build a community of Internet marketers. There are a lot of great communities of bloggers in this site that focus on Internet marketing topics. When I joined there was not a community for Christians so I began one called Christian, but so far no one has joined this community other than me. If you join Bumpzee as a result of reading this post, please join my community. You can view my blog’s profile page here.
Blog Catalog has given me the best experience so far along with the most visitors. This is the ultimate community-building site and through it I met the person behind the first blog added to my blogroll, Casey’s Critical Thinking. This site seems to have the most Christian bloggers as active members and I get more visitors to my blog’s profile page here.
If you join any of these sites, feel free to send me a message through the site you joined as well as join my communities.