BlogCatalog and Social Networking
BlogCatalog is a really cool place to meet lots of other bloggers! I stumbled upon this place last September and have met several wonderful people there. My profile there is here. (I am doing this on the big computer as I am printing some clients’ paintings and cards … it is so clumsy for me after always using the laptop!) The main page is here but you can join from anywhere (that is, any page on BlogCatalog).
Pleasure, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
This is another painting from the Simple Pleasures bubblescape series that was inspired by Ruthie Hochman of Ruthie’s Reason. She has some news today that you will want to go read if you have been following Ruthie at all … here is the link to her blog.
Back to BlogCatalog. You can make friends there – as most social networking places allow. It is easy … you click a link on their page (after you join) and they become your friend. Hey, if only offline were so easy!! Then they will be notified and will often become your friend too.
They have a list of their blogs and a short description of what they are about. I have listed only this blog since it is my primary one. If you click on their blog (as listed in BlogCatalog), then you can “join the neighborhood.” This means that you are connected to their blog at BlogCatalog. In your profile will be a list of your friends and another of your neighborhoods.
I am telling you these things because it took me a long time to figure this all out. I found BlogCatlog by accident, as I said, so I had no one to help me learn how to use this resource. I am not 20 or 30 or even … and I was not born with this info … or getting it by 5 or 6 years old. It takes me a little longer to learn all these things that are hard-wired into the young!
In the middle column, you have “My Profile” which is a few sentences about you. Then “My Blogs” which is where you list your blogs and a few sentences about them. “My Communities” are next and we will talk about that Tuesday (tomorrow is for Illustrator Friday). For a preview, you can look at the sidebar of this blog.
Then comes “My Friends” and “Recent Viewers.” After that is “My Groups” – you can join lots of groups with certain topics …. I am not very sure what the purpose is yet. “Neighborhood Blog Posts” comes next. After you join a neighborhood (someone’s blog that looks interesting), then their recent posts come up on your page. Lastly, “My Neighborhoods” are at the bottom of the middle. This is a list (with icons … all these come with icons) of all the blogs you chose to follow by joining the neighborhood.
I will tell you more about “My Communities” and the sidebar another time. I just learned something new there within the last 2 days … I hope this is helpful to you!!
~ Diane Clancy
Technorati Tags: BlogCatalog, Ruthie Hochman, social networking
Hi Diane! I certainly agree with you about the not learning all this stuff in school. Thanks for the resource and I’m going to put your link on my blog. I always get so much out if it I’d like to share it!
I am afraid I am never any good about joining any of these social networks. I joined a Dutch one and never do anything with it. Maybe this one is different, but I think I am not going to give it a try. I really need to keep my life as simple as possible. But I am happy for you that you have found a digital community that makes you feel welcome.
I like today’s image. I really like these very simple images of just the single bubbles. The colors are lovely too. You want to step into it and become one with it.
This is a great description of BlogCatalog. I signed up for it because you recommended it and I have been very glad I did. i wanted to find some cool artist blogs and this has been a perfect way to do that. Thanks!
“Hope and Rest” and this one together play off each other wonderfully – it truly is a series because the pieces resonate and we see your extended vision.
Hi Diane great post about blog catalog. If it wasn’t for this site I wouldn’t of meat great people like you! Thanks for your support it means alot to me. I hope your pain is not to bad and you are feeling better. Love you art keep up the good work.
Thanks…I will check it out when I get back to Austin!
Glad you’re enjoying BlogCatalog Diane. Your BlogCatalog posts have been great and we really appreciate your support
daniel / blogcatalog.com
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Blog Catalog is great you really do seem to get to know people through it and of course it derived more like minded people to your site too.
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