Some time ago, this site was accepted under 9Rules:
“9rules is a community of the best weblogs in the world on a variety of topics. We started 9rules to give passionate writers more exposure and to help readers find great blogs on their favorite subjects. It’s difficult to find sites worth returning to, so 9rules brings together the very best of the independent web all under one roof”.
Recently, however, an email was sent with new terms and conditions – it is now compulsory to be actively participating in the forum:
If you feel you are contributing by your entries being shown only, 9rules is no longer a good fit for you, decline the agreement (or do not respond), please remove the leaf from your site and we will remove your site from displaying on 9rules. If you agree but don’t have the time to interact or don’t feel you should (or don’t want to), the participation will become a chore, something you didn’t want to do in the first place. It just won’t work in the long-term so it would be best to decline now.
When I first joined it, I liked the fact that 9Rules was a curated, closed network of blogs demanded quality content, over the more indiscriminate ‘web-directory’ approach that aimed to include all. Quality over quantity. Now that is no longer enough it seems – we need to be active participants in their forum as well.
I have never been active on the forums – I thought quality content was what mattered. Since our objectives are no longer aligned, I guess it’s time to call it quits then. So, thanks for the exposure while it lasted – hopefully readers who discovered my little abode on the Internet through 9Rules would continue to drop by.