Here is the thing: I really want to like BlogHer. And, in some ways, I do. I know people who have gone to the conferences. In fact, I know people who have spoken at them. I am sure if I went to the conference, I would love it. I also enjoy the pursuing the pages— amazing bloggers are featured here. Let’s face it, my work never will be. That is okay; I never intended to have a big following. I blog for me.
Now let’s talk about NaBloPoMo. This used to be run on an independent site. Then it got big and BlogHer took over. There is one thing the old site did really well and I think is missing here. Under the old NaBloPoMo site (we are talking a couple years ago), there was a way to register your blog under different categories. This way, if I wanted to read Mommy blogs participating in NaBloPoMo or LGBT blogs participating in NaBloPoMo or Living Oversees blogs participating in NaBloPoMo, I could easily find them.
Now there is just a huge list of blogs. 1,833 to be exact. How can I possibly narrow down these blogs to ones I am more likely to follow long term? Blogs that will speak to my concerns or peak my interests? Yes, I can spot check blogs– and I am. Just, so far, the search has been fruitless. Besides accidentally running into a blogger who I casually know in real life here in Albania and whose blog, honestly, I probably won’t follow, I haven’t made any new connections.
Maybe I am doing it wrong…. ideas?