If you haven’t heard the big news from my last post, I’ve been hired as the community manager for Scribnia. Perhaps because of my newly acquired position, you may think that a review of Scribnia on my blog may be biased…fair enough. I hope that if you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you know I wouldn’t post anything that I didn’t think would be valuable to the community. Either way, I’m not going to tell you that Scribnia is awesome, or that you have to go sign up, or even that it would be valuable to you as a blogger/reader. I’m going to tell you why Scribnia is valuable to me, as a blogger and reader, and I’ll let you decide whether or not it’s valuable to you too. Fair?
Value as a Blogger
- Transparency. One of the big values of “social media”, bloggers are expected to be transparent and gain respect and loyalty for doing so. I’m open with my community members about who I am, my honest views, or any bias that I might have. When people write a review about me on Scribnia, they are increasing my transparency, allowing new readers to feel more comfortable when visiting my blog for the first time.
- Learn how I’m viewed by my readers. I might have a bias that I didn’t realize existed. My readers might be looking for different kinds of posts. They aren’t necessarily going to come out and tell me what they think of my writing. Scribnia is a call to action, where your readers are asked to share their opinions. You can add a “rate me” widget to your blog and encourage your readers to share their thoughts.
- SEO. My Scribnia page will come up when people search for my name on search engines (once the site goes public).
- Engage conversation about YOU. I’ve told businesses before that their customers are talking about their brand online and that they need to engage the conversation. Time to practice what I preach. If my readers care enough to share their thoughts about me as a blogger on Scribnia, I have the opportunity to convert negative views into positive ones, and to further engage with my community. Danny Brown does a great job of joining the conversation about him and responding to reviews of his work.
Value as a Reader
- Find new bloggers. A lot of recommendation engines that I’ve seen base much of the recommendation on content, without really taking into account my personal reading preferences. Scribnia takes the reviews that I’ve written, and based on how high or low I’ve ranked different aspects of each author, other authors that might be valuable to me are proposed. I can also browse by category or industry to find new bloggers and publications.
- Share. I love to suggest bloggers that I follow to others. When Scribnia users view my profile, they can see all the reviews that I’ve written, which bloggers I like or don’t like and why. Linking people to other bloggers is great, but it helps to show them why I like those bloggers. (Tip: Try it out on Twitter… next #followfriday, give your recommendation’s twitter name and provide a link to their Scribnia page)
- Preview bloggers. There are a lot of author profiles I have come across that don’t have a very good “about” description. I’d have to read multiple posts before really understanding what the blog is about and the blogger’s style. This is especially time consuming when doing blogger outreach. Bloggers typically condemn misplaced pitches to their blogs and the last thing you want is to anger the bloggers in the community you’re reaching out to. By reviewing an author’s Scribnia profile, you can learn a little bit more about a blogger before contacting them giving you a better understanding of what they find valuable.
All in all, I accepted the job of Community Manager for Scribnia for a number of reasons, one being because I thought it provides a valuable service that bloggers would really appreciate. We are trying to build a blogging community for authors, readers and their networks to connect, share and grow. Once we have developed a solid amount of quality content, Scribnia will be open to the pulic. If you think you’d be a quality contributing member of the alpha community, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite.
You can find my Scribnia page here. Review me…I dare you. (=