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We joined the 9rules family

Paul Scrivens invited us to become members of the 9rules network, and I couldn't resist. Molly.com had already done due diligence on joining, so that helped our decision. But there were really five main reasons for our joining the 9rules community:

1) Killer content on their member sites ("we're not worthy!") makes it a wonderful group to be a part of.

2) I'll get to learn from the other members--most (if not all) of whom are much more experienced at web content than we are.

3) Paul invited me despite the fact that within 24 hours of one another, he and I posted almost violentally opposed views on the same topic (37 Signals-- he slammed them while I held a lovefest, complete with 9 hearts ; )

4) In their benefits of joining, they include:

* Admission to a growing community of slightly-too-happy people who share similar goals.

(one of the things I've been criticized the most for is being slightly (or sometimes way) too happy... )

5) It puts the pressure on to keep doing what we're doing and work on improving... a requirement for joining the group. From their Membership Responsibilities:

  • Good content. Great design is nice but it's content that draws people in and keeps them coming back.
  • The desire to actually work more on your site than you do now.
  • The commitment to share your knowledge on what has made your site successful and what hasn't worked.
  • Your advice and experience passed on to other members who have questions that you can answer.
  • The ability to take a risk now and again to try something new.

So, we're honored Paul asked us to join such a stellar group, and hope we can hold up our end. I highly encourage y'all to spend some time with some of the wonderful sites on the 9rules network, and consider joining.

In other news, I want to thank Matt and Shaded for house-sitting the blog while I was gone. It matters not that they would respond the same way I would, what matters to me is that I trust them... something pretty amazing about the internet/blog world, given that I've never met either of them and not entirely sure they're even human ; )

Thanks also to everyone who has been commenting and sending me links and email -- I'm still catching up, so if I haven't responded to your email, I probably just haven't seen it yet.

Posted by Kathy on September 16, 2005 | Permalink


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Wow, Kathy, so nice to have you joining us. I've been reading your website for such a long time now and it's fantastic to see you jumping in the 9rules swimming pool :)

See ya in the forums!

Posted by: Mike | Sep 16, 2005 11:06:56 AM

Kathy, Kathy, Kathy. You have it all wrong. We invited you so you could teach us a thing or two. Very honored to have you join us. This made my week.

Posted by: Scrivs | Sep 16, 2005 11:09:46 AM

Congratulations on the 9rules thing. I've never heard of them before now, but as a living word-of-mouth example, I'm going to dig in with high expectation based on Kathy's endorsement.

You are certainly welcome for the comments this past week. I'm not sure you really needed me, but it sure was fun pretending you did. Thanks a again for thinking of me.

Oh, BTW, I'm not saying whether or not I am human - but I will tell you that I passed the Turing Test. So, suffice it to say, I'm humanesque.


Posted by: Matt Galloway | Sep 16, 2005 11:32:08 AM

Welcome, Kathy! This has been one of my favorite sites for a long time, and it's great to see you in the network.

Posted by: James Archer | Sep 16, 2005 12:22:51 PM

Haven't you heard? It's "9rules," not "9Rules." Apparently, this is a very important distinction.


Posted by: Bob Aman | Sep 16, 2005 12:56:09 PM

Welcome Kathy! Paul was correct and it's an honour to have you in the network.

Posted by: If Else | Sep 16, 2005 1:54:23 PM

Indeed you are right Bob and for this heinous error Kathy shall not receive any of the goats afforded to our members every month for at least a year.

She will have to be happy with the llamas that we give her. Don't worry Kathy, llamas aren't that bad, I have 3 of them.

Posted by: Scrivs | Sep 16, 2005 2:35:09 PM

OMG - I'm to be the first person invited and kicked off in the same day for this horrible branding faux pas! But whew -- thankfully Bob jumped in and I made the changes. [wipes brow and exhales]

Thank you all for the big welcome. And Scrivs, no way -- you really do have llamas? My only claim to celebrity fame is that I once owned the llama formerly owned by Steven Spielberg. I quickly found out why Spielberg... traded that llama in. I've had llamas and sheep and a miniature donkey (animals in the indie-named "alternative livestock" category), but I've since graduated to a real horse ; )
No shearing, and you can ride 'em.
I'm sad about the goats though.

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Sep 16, 2005 2:49:57 PM

I'm sure he invited you to join ONLY because some poor guy with a CPUsers blog crush was outed on ProBlogger.


Posted by: Mike Sigers | Sep 16, 2005 7:46:42 PM

Welcome to the network. I love the site and am honored to be in the same group of sites as you.

Posted by: Garrett Dimon | Sep 17, 2005 1:16:53 PM

You rock. I wish I was that cool. I've been an avid reader of your blog for some time and that of 9rules as well. I can't think of another blog that'd be better matched. Except maybe workhappy.net but wait, they just joined too so there you go.

Posted by: Peter | Sep 18, 2005 5:40:54 PM

Congratulations! I've always wanted to be a member of a slightly too happy group of people. Now I can live out this dream vicariously through you.

Posted by: Troy Worman | Sep 18, 2005 11:13:53 PM

w00t w00t!

Thanks for the traffic Kathy. It was quite an honor to house-sit for ya even though my attempts at corrupting Matt Galloway, locking you out and holding your Mac ransom were completely unsuccessful....

... more than that I was ignored.

... come to think of it...

... maybe I was not ignored ...

... maybe you're the only one that can see me.

Posted by: Shaded | Sep 19, 2005 9:31:40 AM

I recollect that my first exploration of the 9 rules community wasn't an exciting one. I made an account which I abandoned eons before I could really add anything in it. But opening this page, by sheer chance, reminded me of it. I'm currently using Del.icio.us...but I'm going to switch back to 9 rules now, I guess. Nostalgia won.
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Posted by: Mirar | Jan 23, 2007 10:01:55 AM

This is very nice site, but my is better! ;) http://www.cours.polymtl.ca/glq3201/_disc1/00004c42.htm?carisoprodol

Posted by: carisoprodolsoma | Jun 3, 2007 5:34:47 PM

This is very nice site, but my is better! ;) http://www.cours.polymtl.ca/glq3201/_disc1/00004c42.htm?carisoprodol

Posted by: carisoprodolsoma | Jun 3, 2007 5:34:51 PM

This is very nice site, but my is better! ;) http://www.cours.polymtl.ca/glq3201/_disc1/00004c42.htm?carisoprodol

Posted by: carisoprodolsoma | Jun 3, 2007 5:34:59 PM

I've read your five main reasons and I agree with four of them .Now we are considering to join the 9rules family too.

Posted by: steven davies | Aug 8, 2007 2:12:03 AM

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