Gnorb.NET Now a Member of the 9Rules Network

9Rules LogoNo witty intros, the headline says it all: Gnorb.NET is now a proud member of the 9Rules Network. This is probably the most exciting event in Gnorb.NET history, so while I’m sure this non-challant paragraph doesn’t show it, I’m exceedingly excited about having been chosen.

For those of you visiting for the first time via 9Rules, this is your official welcome message. Look around, enjoy some articles, and sign up for the RSS or Gnorb-By-Mail if like what you read.

For those of you who have been around for a bit longer, but don’t know what the 9Rules Network is, here’s a short explanation from the 9Rules About page:

9Rules is a community of the best weblogs in the world on a variety of topics. [Paul “Scrivs” Scrivens, Mike Rundle, and Tyme White] 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.

So, how did I find out about 9Rules? In short, I read a lot of blogs. A while back, I noticed that many of these blogs — usually the best ones — had a little 9-colored leaf icon somewhere on the page. I quickly found out that this was the 9Rules calling card, so to speak, and that all of these great sites belonged to the network. Needless to say, I was impressed. In fact, I remember thinking “maybe if I improve my own content I’ll be counted among these great sites some day.” I always love a good challenge.

About two months ago — October 25, to be exact — 9Rules had their fifth round of submissions. Blog owners could, during this day, submit their sites to see whether they qualified to be part of the network. I had been looking forward to this ever since I found out about it, and had been improving my content accordingly. (This has led me to get even more joy from my blogging since I’m not just putting something out there, I’m creating something, infusing it with meaning, then putting it out there.) I submitted this site hoping it was good enough to get in. Seeing the quality of the other sites, however, made me a little nervous since those guys were great, while I on the other hand was… well, me.

About two weeks ago, the announcements started coming out for new sites admitted to their network. I’ll be honest, I started pretty much trolling the 9Rules blog, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to 9Rulers or 9Ruler-wannabes (9Rulannabes?) who saw me there. (I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one.) For two weeks I checked the site multiple times a day, waiting for the new updates. (I eventually figured out that updates came at about 4:00pm EST.) Interestingly, I feel like I developed a bit of a kinship with other people I’ll presume to be 9Rulannabes like Arthus Erea, BlogLily, Ralph Dagza, Chanpory and others, all of who have amazing sites. (Usually, these are designed much better than this, which is my own piddling attempt at website design. Like the neutral colors?) Still, waiting was frustrating.

As you read at the beginning of this post, after two weeks of nail biting, gut wrenching suspense, I found out Friday that I was being accepted as part of the network. I was so excited, it was all I could do to keep from screaming “YES!” and dancing around at my office. That’s why I went outside and partied there, instead, jumping around, yelling “YES! YES!” and doing the infamous Perfect Strangers “Dance of Joy” (b.k.a., the “Happy Dance”).

Side Note: Have you ever seen a 6’1, 300lb guy do the happy dance? It’s not a pretty picture. Funny, but not pretty. It’s also not safe to watch it up close. (And yes, Arthus, I have insurance.)

It was a bit surreal at first, not just because I was accepted, but because of the timing, too. The previous day, I had left the following message on the 9Rules blog:

Tyme: Thanks for the note and explanation. Now I don’t feel quite as bad, although I would have liked to see whether I got in or not *before* I left for vacation.

It seems as if Tyme, Mike, and Scrivs decided to give me my Christmas present before I left on vacation. As I later told my wife, “If this Christmas I didn’t get any other gifts from anyone, this alone has made it worth it.” (Well, I thought in retrospect, that and the addoption of those kids for the holiday. Giving those presents felt great, in different way.) The feeling didn’t stem simply from being accepted into 9Rules, however. The fact that I had been accepted into the network vindicated the past two years of writing, giving me a sense of accomplishment the likes of which I hadn’t felt in years. Nothing boosts ones self-image more than a job well done. This boosted my self image, insofar as my writing career was concerned, rather mightily.

Life, it seems, has not only a sense of humor, but also a number of ways by which it tells someone it’s time for a break. The Wife and I are planning to go on vacation for the week between Christmas and New Year’s (as I mentioned before in the previous post). Never mind the fact that I haven’t taken a vacation in two years, the simple fact was that I felt guilty for taking the time off, as if I was taking it off for no good reason (other than keeping The Wife happy, which is always a great reason to do anything), since I didn’t feel I had earned it. Despite my other recent ventures, it was this acceptance note that finally made me feel as if yes, I had accomplished something worthwhile this year.

Anyway, this post has been long enough, much longer than I expected it to be. I’d just like to close with a big Thank You to the 9Rules crew and community for the acceptance. Most of all, however, I’d like to thank those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning (mostly Nate, Junior, The Wife, and a few other folks). The fact that you have chosen to spend such a precious thing as time reading this site is enough impetus for me to seek for ways to make it worth your while. With that, if you want to find the best blogs on the Web, you don’t have to look any further than 9Rules.

Edit: Note to self one: Don’t hit the “Publish” button when too tired to properly edit. (Check). Note to self two: Don’t hit the “Publish” button if you’ve just finished drinking. (Uhm… working on it.)

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