When bloggers can't get readers for their blogs by organic means, many go searching for communities that provide bloggers a glimmer of hope that by joining their community, they are able to generate more readership.
Following the ending of my relationship with Bloggers.com, I went hunting for more blogging communities to join to see what else was out there. This is when I found Blog Nation.
The Back Story: Well there really isn't one. Back in the Fall I used my Google-fu and found Blog Nation in one of the search results. What attracted me to it was its clean professional look. There is a ton of blogs to see on Blog Nation. Hoping there might be a place for my li'l blog, I joined. Here we are six months later...
Blog Nation is very ambitious. There are close to 14,000 blogs on the site. It's great if you have to do any blog research, or looking for a specific subject, or just want to read what's out there. It's quite impressive. There is a directory for everything you could possibly think of: knitting, scuba diving...cupcake making! But...
Who is running things over there??
Blog Nation is run almost as though the engineers of the site set it up and then went missing. I could pick on the fact the login logs you out of your account at random. I could also grind that the site often gives you 504 gateway timeout errors when you try to update anything; sure, that bothers me. But, what I find particularly problematic is how a blog is promoted on Blog Nation. Their "Random Posts" and "Popular Posts" pages exist to showcase newly published blogs which is great. But for whatever reason it shows mostly blog posts that are well over a month old (some from two months ago), and very few from the current month. I have been posting steadily and I have never seen my blog posts on that page. This isn't sour grapes, people; there is something else at work here. I figure that the posts that are showing on those pages have the highest number of votes. And while I'm piling on, this voting crap is a problem. On Blog Nation you can vote for yourself! That's right! I know, because the site tells you that you can. And I have - three times now.
How it is supposed to work is I am supposed to get my organic blog site readers to click on the Blog Nation icon on my blogspot so that they end up on the Blog Nation website . These readers then vote for my profile so my blog gets more exposure on Blog Nation, and hopefully more readers....Yeah. What a game. That hasn't been working out for my blog. My blog is still linked with Blog Nation, but who knows for how long.
I could be wrong, but it seems there isn't much happening on the site or that it does anything to be a part of it. I am not saying no one should use Blog Nation to promote their blog. It couldn't hurt - but I don't feel it does much for it either.