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Monday, November 3, 2003

Winners of the Race for the #1 Blog in October

The winners of the "Race for the #1 Blog" in October 2003 Bonus Contest are in! We ran complex algorithms and calculations to determine that the top three bloggers last month were:
 
    receives $100 bonus*
    receives $30 bonus*
2nd Runner-Up: Blog-rage by beachbelle
    receives $20 bonus*
 
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for your spirited participation in this contest and in the Blogging Network community.
 
* All bonuses will be added to the winners' earnings and will be paid out no later than 14 days after your monthly statement on November 1.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Contest -- Race for #1 Blog

Blogging Network is pleased to announce its first contest, "Race for #1 Blog", starting tonight at midnight with a total of $150 in prizes (with $100 going to the winner)!
 
Several of you have suggested that we hold occasional contests to highlight the best, the most entertaining or the most popular talent in the Blogging Network community.
 
Blogging Network is thus pleased to offer $150 in prize money and we look forward to your feedback on other contests we should hold in the future.
 
Please see the Contest Guidelines for details.
 
Good luck and have fun!
 
The Blogging Network Team
 
Update: Please note that you can find the complete Terms and Conditions for the Blogging Network Bonus Contest here.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Blogging Network in this week's BusinessWeek!

It has been just over six months since the soft launch of Blogging Network. We're now getting ready to promote Blogging Network in the press, and are pleased to report that Blogging Network is covered in this week's issue of BusinessWeek under Media Commentary. Here's an excerpt from the story, "Have Web Site, Will Investigate", by technology journalist Spencer Ante:
"Pay-to-read journalism...offers an increasingly powerful megaphone for the little guy. [Blogging Network sees] a future in pooling the work of bloggers and charging for it." --BusinessWeek, 7/28/03

Friday, July 18, 2003

Marketing update, BN Member Testimonials now available!

You'll be seeing several additions to the site as part of the marketing effort now underway.
 
The first one, BN Member Testimonials, is something that many of you have already helped with. These testimonials are being used to highlight why members like yourself are joining the growing community at Blogging Network.
 
Thank you for participating and being so open to having your words used to promote Blogging Network. If you'd like to share a new testimonial or improve a previous one please click on the Share Yours link on the home page.

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Revised home page now live

As planned, the revised home page is now live.

We would like to thank everyone who commented on the preview. We have incorporated as many suggestions as possible, such as showing many more blogs with new posts, featuring blogs from the Top 100, and expanding the space used by the category list.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Preview of revised home page

We have received many suggestions regarding the home page, and would like to thank everyone who submitted feedback.

After taking all of the input into consideration, we have created a preview of a revised home page. Since it is impossible to communicate all of BN through one page, the goal is to balance rankings with diversity, while encouraging readers to explore many different blogs.

As you will see, the preview features a random selection of popular blogs from different categories, and still makes it easy to see the most popular blogs.

To see the preview, please go here. We would appreciate any feedback you might have.

Pricing change for new subscribers

With the number of writers growing rapidly, new subscribers get more for their money every day. As a result, the subscription fee for new subscribers is now $5.95/month.

This change will significantly increase the money available to writers, and allow the BN staff to invest further in development and marketing. Discounted yearly subscriptions will continue to be available.

In appreciation, current subscribers will continue to be charged the original subscription fee of $2.99/month. This special pricing will be in effect through 2003, and subscribers will be notified of any change in advance. If you have a yearly subscription, there will be no change until your subscription renewal date.

(Important note for current subscribers: if you cancel your subscription and later resubscribe, you will be charged the new price.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

New categories

We have received many emails with ideas on additional categories. As planned, “Writing Advice” has been renamed “Writing” and the following categories have been added:

  • Opinion
  • Journal
  • U.S.
  • Family/Education
  • Food
  • Home/Garden
  • Pets
  • Blogging

If you are a writer, please take advantage of the new categories. For example, if you have an opinion blog in World or Everything Else, consider moving it to the new Opinion category. To do this, go to the blog editing page and choose “Change name and description”.

With the new categories, there is no longer enough room on the home page to display the top 3 blogs from each category. This helps the home page load faster, and we also hope this will encourage members to explore the category pages.

Please note that Mature Audiences is now a subcategory of Everything Else. In addition, MA blogs no longer appear in New Posts. To check for new posts in MA blogs, please go to the MA category page and click “sort by: date”.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Community Changes

As planned, the New Comments section on the home page has been replaced by an expanded New Posts section.

As part of this change, we are introducing a new hangout: The BN Café. And, don’t forget to check out the community blogs.

Are you a writer? As requested, we have introduced a personal New Comments page, available from the Write page, which allows you to view and delete the latest comments.

Thursday, April 3, 2003

Community blogs

Many subscribers have requested a place to discuss various topics. To address this need, we are introducing a new system of community blogs. We will add community blogs as needed, e.g. for popular categories.

Community blogs allow any subscriber to post by clicking the “Add post” link on the top of the community blog’s page. Please note that readers do not pay writers for posts on community blogs. Naturally, the Terms of Use also apply to community blogs.

Once we’ve tested the community blogs, we plan to retire the New Comments section on the home page. Since the Network is expanding rapidly, spam is making this section less useful. The existing system of blog comments, along with the new community blogs, will provide solutions that can grow with the Network.

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