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