Have you heard the Buzz about cre8buzz.com? It’s a social networking/community site launched on October 6, 2007 and is quickly establishing itself as the place to make new friends, socialize and network. I initially thought that cre8buzz.com was just for bloggers seeking to promote their blogs, but there are musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, moms and dads, and presently 25 categories such as beauty, education, electronics, health and fitness, motorcycles, sports, and science. Simply create a profile, customize the look and feel with MySpace-like layouts (if you want to), add photographs, create a video gallery, podcasts, blog posts, various widgets, and more. And I’ve got Invitations to give away!
Do I like it?
Absolutely! I am truly enjoying meeting others on the site and making new friends. I’ve especially enjoyed finding many fabulous blogs that I might not have found elsewhere to visit, comment on and subscribe to. Of course, its also brought a very nice boost of traffic to my own blog, and my comments and subscriber numbers have increased.
The Antman has done an excellent job with cre8buzz, and is very prompt to reply to any questions, suggestions or concerns. The site is very well structured and well designed, and most importantly (at least to me) is that the members I’ve “met” have been very kind. I have not found any profile or conversations taking place that would raise red flags for me.
One of the perks I’m starting to make better use of is the ability to add members to my address book, allowing me to communicate more privately with members, rather than just through open comment sections. Having these private conversations with other bloggers allows me to build a larger and personalized niche network, increasing opportunities of inbound and outbound links.
What Don’t I Like?
I would like to be able to choose more than one group to belong to rather than just one. With my invitation from Dane Morgan, I chose the Mom group (since I’m a mom of six), but I’m also a Woman and would like to belong to more than one group. Currently you can change which group you belong to but your content belongs to just that one group.
Does It Work?
Many members seem to feel it does. I would have to say that participation is paramount. You cannot expect to create a profile, add various customizations to your page, and simply let it sit unattended expecting to receive attention. Remember, you have to give to get.
Ready To Jump In The Ant Pile?
I have 15 invitations to give away, and if I need more I’m sure the Antman will be happy to oblige. Shoot me an email with the subject line being “Invite Me”, and be sure to provide the email you want used for the invitation. I solemnly swear that I will not use your email for any purpose other than to provide you the invitation to cre8buzz.
Ready? Set! GO!
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Until recently, I hadn’t given any thought to the need of a Comment Policy for my blog. While I get my fair share of spam-like comments, “Great post, here’s my link”, I’ve simply deleted them without much thought. As my blog continues to grow with visitors, subscribers and comments, I now understand the need for a Comment Policy. Like many blogs, comments here are strictly moderated.
The idea of a Comment Policy came up with my article, “Chains That Bind“, where I discussed my personal experience of having been born and raised into the Jehovah’s Witness “religion” and my decision to leave the religion in 1995. The article listed “101 True Beliefs and Practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses, that some readers took exception to. “Denise”, a current Jehovah’s Witness, was quite irate in her comment, lashing out at me for having posted the list, subsequently returning a month later to find that I had not published her comment. I decided to allow her second diatribe, and responded in kind.
I came across MomaBlogga’s post “Protect Your Blog With A Comment Policy“. After carefully reading the bullet points, I realized the true value of having my own Comment Policy: “having a comment policy won’t prevent spam or mean comments on your blog, but if anyone ever asks you why their comment was deleted or edited, you can point to your policy as the reason.”
As was suggested in the post, I visited the “ProBlogger Comment Policy” that Darren Rowse set up, and found the guidelines to be very helpful in clearly stating what comments will, or won’t, be tolerated. I also recommend reading the “eMoms At Home Comment Policy“, as some points were covered that I didn’t find anywhere else.
Comment Policy for Telling It Like It Is-
- No Spam – If your intention is to leave a quick “Nice blog, here’s my link” comment, don’t waste my time or yours. It will be deleted.
- Keep Comments On Topic – Comments not relevant to the original post will be deleted. Use good judgment as to the length of comments, medium-size is usually considered best.
- Relevant External Links – External links that are on topic, or add value to the original post and comment are fine. Simply linking to your own blog is not acceptable.
- Zero Tolerance for Profanity – There is no allowance for cussing, swearing, use of racial slurs on this blog. You don’t want to tick off the lady author.
- Personal Attacks – Comments that are mean-spirited or abusive towards me, or others commenting on this blog, will not be tolerated.
- Editor’s Right – While comments that challenge or offer constructive criticism is welcome, I reserve the right to delete (not publish) any comment I deem inflammatory, insulting, or otherwise not worthy of reader’s viewing eyes.
I look forward to your continued participation in posts on Telling It Like It Is.