A reader just asked me about my thoughts on the BlogHer community. I run their banner and I also used to post over there. She was curious as to why I’d stopped, what I thought of participation, there, etc.
So….I think the BlogHer community is a great example of a blog/message board hybrid center. You can easily find the most-recent posts on your topic, you can meet others with similar interests, you can easily host your own blog without so many of the common hassles.
It’s an automatic community, which is excellent!
I probably stopped posting there because of inertia. As this blog has grown, it’s taken up more and more of my available time. It’s hard to come up with new content for BlogHer. Which meant that I would just repost my posts. I tried to repost my good ones.
Nothing necessarily wrong with that, but it felt kind of like an exercise in redundancy. I then heard that Google might penalize blogs with duplicate content — uh oh! That made me feel even less inclined to repost. And even less time to consider writing even more original content.
I could always post teasers for real posts on my blog. But when I considered it, I felt a little dishonest. Like I should actually contribute if I’m going to be there. If I’m going to do it, I should do it right!
I still visit over there and read (though I’m not always logged in). But I’ve let the blogging part slide for now. I hope my account won’t close, since there’s always a chance I might revive it. Plus, I sometimes log in to leave comments on really good posts.
And I love BlogHer’s ad network. The ads are so tasteful, they’re artistic, and they’re often PSAs for good causes which I’d want to support anyway. Sure PSAs don’t earn money, but it’s nice to automatically advertise causes I like. Plus, unlike AdSense, they don’t have a bazillion campaigns going on at once. If I don’t like one, I can opt out and not have something similar show up the next day.
My two cents. I think a blogger who had time to write a unique, women-centered (not that they have to be, but if you have women-focused ideas that you don’t post on your regular blog, this would be a good place to do it) post 2-4 times per week and time to read and comment periodically could get a lot out of BlogHer. I don’t know about reader conversions, potential for money, but for contact, networking, friendship, and learning…they could definitely get something from it.
And I’d recommend it to women who want to blog but aren’t interested in running their own site.
Any BlogHerians around? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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