This article is guest posted by Patrick.
Hello all, this is my first guest post on Carl’s blog, and I hope it does not come off as purely a self promotional post. I think I should start off by telling a little bit about myself. My name is Patrick DeVivo, and I am a self educating youth blogger from New York, USA. I am currently interested in web design and Photoshop. I am trying my hardest to learn all about PHP and MySQL programming and also XHTML/CSS. I am currently fourteen years old, and my biggest current project is The Youth Bloggers Network. The Youth Bloggers Network is a new website which I have been setting up for the past month or so (working on and off). There has not been an official launch, but all the functions and features of the site should be working properly as of last night.
Originally, the Youth Bloggers Network was an idea I had for a forum where young bloggers could share their thoughts and talk about things relating to their own blogs. I expanded the project when it came to setting things up, and so the emphasis was taken off of just a forum. The project is now both a blog and forum, with articles about blogging as a teenager and tips for bloggers (of all ages). I currently don’t know of this site will be a success or a flop, and am I currently looking for feedback from anyone willing to give it. I’m posting this article on Carl’s blog because I know he gets a ton of traffic, and the more people who send me advice the better.
When I first started blogging, I had no idea about the amount of other young bloggers already in the blogosphere. My first goal was to talk with some of them to find out more about their successes/failures. I contacted a few for advice and reviews, but things did not get much farther from there. That is when I decided that there needed to be a network for young bloggers to connect in. I knew that this new niche of “kid/teen bloggers” was still pretty new, so I began working on the Youth Bloggers Network.
Unfortunately, it is much harder to gain members than it is to get hits to your site. I was surprised by how few people were signing up. Currently, I get about 40-60 hits a day, and barely anyone has signed up. I decided it was time to generate some buzz from a place in a similar niche. That is how I came to Carl’s blog to publish this post.
So what’s the point of joining YBN?
The main type of members I have are currently young bloggers. These are (usually) teenagers who have their own blog and are looking for a place to receive feedback and get some publicity. Some other members are adults who are interested in the “young blogging” phenomenon and want to get their heads in the game.
Don’t worry, no sex offenders allowed inside
The benefits of becoming a member are pretty great:
- Ability to submit articles to the network blog
- Ability to post in all forums
- Ability to participate in forum contests
- Ability to receive awesome advertising discounts and coupons
- Access to the download directory (coming soon) – Tons of WordPress themes, plugins, ebooks, and photoshop files.
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll check out my site and give it a chance to impress you. You can contact me through the http://youthbloggers.net/contact/ page.