As most folks know, I stopped working for blog networks last spring after I was hired for a full time gig. My reasons for leaving the network (b5Media) were simply because I had no time to give my network blogs the attention they deserved. Today, as I was going about my morning routine, I started thinking about my days as a b5Media blogger, and what I missed about working for a network. If you’re thinking of blogging for a network, the things I miss are some of the best reasons to join.
I met so many terrific people while blogging for a network. They were generous with the help and moral support, loyal to the brand, and fun to chat with. Chatting with my fellow network bloggers during the day about our blogs, or even other things, helped to break up some of the loneliness I experienced working from home.
As a network blogger I had access to awesome tools and tutorials. I can still find that stuff now online, but it’s harder to search for. Having all the information housed in one area is a big help. Plus, when a network is run by some of the best bloggers in the business you’re learning stuff you can’t get elsewhere.
The Technical Support
Being able to receive immediate help for my technical issues saved hours of frustration. I’m technically challenged and having a helpful, understanding support team helped things to run smoothly and efficiently.
Did I Mention the People?
Can you tell I miss many of my network blogging friends? I still chat with some now and then, but no where near as often as I’d like. Working full time doesn’t give me much of an opportunity to socialize with the people I grew close to there. Plus, I no longer have access to my former “water coolers” – forums and channel wide gab sessions via Skype.
Am I sorry I left?
No, not at all. My circumstances have changed, and I’m doing what I have to do. I had to move on, though it was no fault of the network. I’ve been reading a lot of negative things about blog networks lately, and while I may not agree with some changes made recently I can’t deny it was a life changing experience. I learned some valuable skills, met some amazing people and cultivated a few long term relationships.
I’m not sorry I left, though I am mourning some of the lost relationships.