For those who like to read the end of the book first, go right ahead. I’ve included links to Entrecard bloggers at the end of this post. For those of you, who enjoy hearing Grandma ramble for a bit (anyone? anyone?), just keep reading.
While some are mourning Entrecard’s demise, others seem quite jubilant. The relief from daily clicking and a reduced bounce rate top the list. I certainly understand that, however, my own feelings are a bit more mixed. Here’s how I see it.
The Ugly: For me, the ugliest part of Entrecard was the spam blogs that proliferated exponentially, when Entrecard was left on autopilot. Occasionally, I got a laugh over screen scrapes that had been hideously reworded, but mostly, I was just annoyed. I hoped if I ignored them, they would go away. My hopes were never realized. I got tired of sifting through my daily drop list to find real visitors. My antiviral software got a good workout too. I won’t be missing that.
The Bad: Entrecard encouraged bad habits in good bloggers. I’ve seen a number of great blogs, where months went by without a new post, but the blogger was still dropping daily Entrecards. When traffic is generated by clicking, the real purpose of blogging can fall by the wayside. Ditto for comments. I’ve seen an increase in those since EC’s demise and I’m enjoying that.
The Good: Entrecard widened my perspective on blogging. I had always thought of blogs as personal journals and many of them are just that. I’ve also enjoyed photo blogs, medical blogs, entertainment blogs, political blogs, food blogs and more. I found most of them through Entrecard. It helped other people find me too. I like traffic. I remember my first days of blogging, when traffic was nearly nonexistent and my kid took pity on me and left a few comments. I’d rather not go back there. Call me mercenary, but I also enjoy blogging’s financial opportunities. Without traffic, those are quite limited.
Love it or hate it, Entrecard is gone. The bloggers, however, are still here. A list of my bookmarked blogs follows. Unfortunately, I hadn’t updated the list since late spring, so many of my newer connections have disappeared. If you are searching for blogs or would like to make new blogging connections, feel free to check them out.