I’ve taken out the MyBlogLog widget and also deleted my account there. I don’t have any plans of going back. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why MyBlogLog lost its attraction. The only reason why I haven’t taken it out is because I was just too lazy. Now that I’m going for a little bit cleaner design, I thought I’d rid myself of it.
Here are some quick thoughts on why it lost me.
- It shut my site down at critical moments
- The functionality was always limited
- Privacy issues
- Customer support
One time I was happy to get on a social news site only to open up my blog away from home to see that it crashed and burned. The reason? MyBlogLog. Now that I think of it that should have been when I deleted the widget. A widget killing your blog is uncool on so many levels.
It was supposed to be some kind of a distributed social network but all it had was a very minimal interface with messaging that got abused to death by spammers. I pushed it a bit myself so I’m guilty on this but it just sucked. People were more optimistic a while back but now that the novelty wore off, I can safely put it away.
Frankly I don’t like seeing my mug (avatar) prominently looking back at me on some of the sites I just happen to open because someone linked to it. I’d rather pretend that I never visited the whatever site but no, that’s not possible.
I honestly think the people behind MyBlogLog are really good people. But they’re just spread too thin and clearly in over their head due to the unexpected popularity of their service. I had a couple issues needing attention but our dialogue was going nowhere. Plus, they kept sending me emails about how I automatically joined some community even though I turned off all notifications.
Overall, I didn’t see as many new people on my widget these past couple of months aside from a couple random people every now and then. I think for something like this to work you need some heavy weight promoters in the form of A-list bloggers and a lot of those people opted out a long time ago. You basically had a bunch of B-list and below blogs carrying the torch because uptime might not be as crucial. It didn’t drive any traffic either, high or low quality.
I gave it a fair chance, it was fun at moments and I think it opened my eyes to the possibilities for a really distributed social network based on browser cookies or whatever but at the end of the day it didn’t have much more to offer.