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MyBlogLog: Adding Community To Blogs

I recently signed up to MyBlogLog, which is a kind of instant social
networking system for bloggers. It enables you to set up a community around your blog and
– optionally – add statistics. More details of MyBlogLog can be found
at Techcrunch
and A

I’ve added a ‘Recent Readers’ widget to R/WW (see sidebar) and I encourage you to add
yourself to the Read/WriteWeb community
– click here for more
details. Let me know in the comments to this post what you think of the idea. Over the
past couple of months there have been many active and enjoyable discussions on R/WW, so
it’d be great to extend that community a little more using MyBlogLog. Let’s see how it
goes anyway.

I like the idea of an SNS attached to a blog or website – and that blog communities
can mix together. For example Techcrunch and A VC readers may well enjoy Read/WriteWeb,
and vice versa. I have to admit it takes a while to get used to your avatar showing up on
other blogs when you visit their pages – so much for reader privacy! But looking at the
big picture, it’s very nice to know that people are visiting your blog – and from the
visitor’s perspective it can generate click-throughs to their own blogs/sites.

For example just this morning I visited Fred Wilson’s blog to read his thoughts on whether
startups need to be located in Silicon Valley, as suggested in
a NY Times piece
(which I saw via Techmeme btw). Fred saw that I
had visited his site, via MyBlogLog, and so he joined the R/WW community and left this

“richard glad to see your icon on my page just now. i really like mybloglog. it tells
me when people like you are visiting my blog. you should try putting the reader roll on
your page. it’s really great and my readers seem to like it a lot fred”

So I’m encouraged by this kind of blog community interaction and hope to see more of
it. Kudos to MyBlogLog for building a system which enables social networking via

Here is the link again to the Read/WriteWeb community.
I’m also interested in your thoughts if you don’t like the idea of your
face/avatar showing up on blogs.

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