Lend a Hand

In a departure from our stance on the Web Directory, we have opened up the Blog Directory to volunteer editors.

We unofficially launched the volunteer program about 10 days ago, and have since received more than a few applications. Now that some of the bugs have been worked out, we felt we would officially announce the volunteer editor program. (Not to suggest all the bugs have been taken care of.)

So what is it, and why should you care?

The goal of the BOTW Blog Directory is to build the most comprehensive collection of quality blogs online – a colossal undertaking. Much like the BOTW Web Directory, each listing in the Blog Directory must meet a set of minimum listing criteria. In a nutshell, all listings must contain unique content, and be relevant to the category in which they are listed. By holding ourselves to a high level of listing criteria, we are able to consistently provide our users with timely, relevant results from the blogosphere.

Blog Directory Editors should be experts in their respective field of editing. We are looking for people who are active bloggers, proficient in their area of interest. Ideally, you’ll have some experience editing at other directories (DMOZ editors welcome!), be an active member of other online communities, and generally feel very comfortable online.

Please don’t see this as an opportunity to stuff your blogs into the directory. First of all, you don’t have to become an editor to get your blog listed. Just submit it. It’s free, so you don’t need to feel compelled to put on some big charade to get your blog listed. Secondly, editors don’t get special priviliges to stick any blog they want in. Every blog enetered has to meet the minimum site criteria, regardless of the owner. Any editor that abuses the responsibility will be dismissed.

Of course, you are allowed to put your own blog in – provided it meets the guidelines and is relevant to the category. You can put all your friend’s blogs in too. And every other blog you find that fits the bill. That’s what we are looking for. Once again though, any editor that abuses the responsibility will be dismissed. We refuse to compromise on the quality and integrity of the directory.

So why should you care? Well, you have the opportunity to get in early on what promises to be a fantastic project. You’ll be able to work with some pretty cool people building a valuable resource. If that’s not enough, editors are given an Editor Page on the BOTW domain where you are free to list personal details or other projects you are involved in. Additionally, you’ll be able to add it to your work experience, and impress all your friends and coworkers ;)

Though the editor forums are a little thin, and the editor wiki still needs some attention, we are off and running. As it goes with any new project, I don’t know how this will ultimately pan out. But you are invited to come along for the ride.

Find out more about becoming a Blog Directory Volunteer Editor.

     

5 Responses to “Lend a Hand”

  1. [...] Best of the Web, the web’s oldest directory, has launched a new program for volunteer editors in conjunction with their Blog Directory. With other volunteer directories, there is often a problem with over-enthusiastic SEOs trying to stuff their client listings in. Greg Hartnett of BOTW has a response to that: “Please don’t see this as an opportunity to stuff your blogs into the directory. First of all, you don’t have to become an editor to get your blog listed. Just submit it. It’s free, so you don’t need to feel compelled to put on some big charade to get your blog listed. Secondly, editors don’t get special priviliges to stick any blog they want in.” [...]

  2. [...] Greg, from the BOTW Blog, asks anyone interested to apply to be an editor for the new directory. Although you won’t be paid with any greenbacks he does mention a few of the ‘perks’. [...]

  3. Hey Greg,

    I discovered the resurgence of the Best Of The Web when I visited your booth at SES New York and I think the blog directory is a great idea to contribute to your ongoing success.

    I was wondering how stringent the requirement is that a blog have at least 6 months of posts before placement in the directory?

    I’ve just begun blogging but we’re dedicated to actively putting out quality content on the used server, storage and networking marketplace. We’re the first blogger in the used server market and I think we would be a nice addition to the computer hardware category. (I’ve discovered some new links I need to add to my blogroll category here!)

    Please let me know if the 6month paramter is pretty much a hard rule.
    If so, I’ll wait to submit until we meet that.

    Best of luck with BOTW, we’re all rooting for your continued success!

  4. Corey Donovan says:

    Doh, sorry Greg. I recall my previous comment.

    I should have read deeper into this post: http://www.botwblog.org/all-your-blog-are-belong-to-us/ .

    I was so entranced by the awesomeness of the “All Your Blog are Belong to Us” BOTW shirt that I didn’t read the post.

  5. [...] BOTW Blog Directory accepting editor applications Best of the Web is pleased to announce that we have opened up the Blog Directory to volunteer editors. If you have an interest, you can find out more here [...]