Bloggers around the world UNITE! There are now approximately 200 million blogs on the world wide web, and blogging has only really taken off in the past 2-3 years.
And as being a blogger becomes a popular hobby, or as an add-on for a business, or even a full-time online business, more demand is being created to service this new market. Bloggers tend to be hungry for education and community, as they are always finding ways to make their blogs better, gain more followers, and engage with fellow bloggers to share ideas, successes and failures.
From this has sprouted new types of websites, especially for bloggers called “Blog Communities” and “Blog Directories”. There are many popping up everywhere.
Here are a few Blogging Communities and Directories for those SERIOUS about blogging (in no particular order):
BlogCatalog is a blogger only social network and blog directory. The site’s purpose is to help bloggers connect, share ideas, and grow through group and general discussions. It also provides a variety of tools, features, and widgets to help bloggers.
Technorati has been around for quite a while, and is an Internet search engine for searching blogs. By 2009, Technorati was indexing 133 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media. This community leans a lot towards “technology” blogs, but it probably is a good idea to get into the Blog Directory.
Bloggapedia has been around since 2006, and has some basic rules before you can submit your blog – like it must have been going for at least 3 months, and you need a minimum amount of blogs on there. I’m guessing this is to stop spammers. They consider themselves a human-edited directory of blogs, with an extensive blog directory, bloggers forum, news resource, and blog toolbox.
Most people know My Blog Log, since it is owned by Yahoo. MyBlogLog is a social network for the blogger community that is based on interactions from a popular web widget that members can install on their blog. Bloggers can initiate a blog community for one or more blogs they author. You can also access stats, and tools.
Blogged is a place where you can get reactions to major news events. With Blogged, you can interact with news like never before. Start sharing interesting news clippings and events with your trusted network of friends and like-minded individuals.
This is a blog directory that is sorted by the score each blog has received during the week. 100 unique visitors will generate 1 unique vote. To get a vote the blog author needs to put 2 buttons on their blog and then the visitor needs to click on the button to vote for the blog. Interesting idea for a blog directory…
This is the Blog Search Engine, indexing the blogosphere. We’re using Google Custom Search as a partner here, with special focus on high quality blogs.
Scribnia is the source for people’s opinions about bloggers, columnists, reporters, and other writers whose work is available online. We hope it can be a place for truly great writers to be discovered. We rank writers not on traffic or incoming links, but on the feedback and opinions of readers like you.
This is more of a Directory than a community, but you can submit your site, and also rate other bloggers blogs. You are also able to build a poll.
Community of Guest Bloggers. It unites bloggers who are interested in connecting to other bloggers, journalists and other content creators in any niche and publish their high-quality articles on their blogs.
Popular community for socialising bloggers, and you have to be “approved” by the site to be allowed to submit your blog. There has been some debate on the web whether it’s a little harsh, but I think it’s good for keeping the spammers away.
Blog Burst is more of a Directory that brings high-quality, topical blogs together with high-traffic web sites. With BlogBurst, bloggers gain visibility, audience reach and traffic through placement on major online publishers and media destinations in real time. Great idea…
MMO social network has the “dream” of making a good network of people who are interested in Making Money Online, and give them the ability to communicate through their website. They allow our members to submit content on related topics to Making Money Online and make friendship with other helpful people/ bloggers.
Community to meet other bloggers, where you can appreciate and inspire Bloggers by voting and positive comments. You can sign in with Twitter, and also add your blog to the Directory.
Do you have a favourite? Do you dislike one of these? Is there another good community/ directory for bloggers? Feel free to submit your comments below.