The 9rules Network Connection

9rules NetworkWhat do Diary of a Website, Bright Meadow , Start Cooking and 456 Berea Street have in common? They’re all members of the 9rules Network.

I just found out that Quilt Epiphany has been accepted for membership in the 9rules Network too. So what is it, you ask? 9rules is a community of great blogging content. From the About page:

9rules is a place where members and readers can connect, build relationships, gain exposure, learn new things, and have fun. 9rules started in 2003 with a set of 9 rules:

1. Love what you do.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Form works with function.
4. Simple is beautiful.
5. Work hard, play hard.
6. You get what you pay for.
7. When you talk, we listen.
8. Must constantly improve.
9. Respect your inspiration.

These rules are the backbone of 9rules, implemented in everything 9rules does.

Since I discovered 9rules, I’ve become a part of the community through 9rules Notes, and I’ve met some folks from around the globe that I enjoy interacting with. I try to live by those nine rules myself, (okay except maybe that “simple is beautiful” one; I know I’m rather complicated and high maintenance, but we all must work toward something!). I watched with hopefulness (and a bit of envy) during the last round of submissions in 2006, hoping to see that my blog was considered good enough to be accepted to the hallowed halls of the 9rules Network. It’s worth the wait, I say.

Finding out that your blog can wear the 9rules badge is like walking into the quilt show and seeing a blue ribbon on your quilt: the Best of Show ribbon is about excellence in quilting design and execution, and 9rules is about excellent content. Winning an award at a quilt show is one of those Quilting WFF’s, exciting, exhilarating, satisfying, but humbling and scary at the same time. The first time I won an award for one of my quilts at a show, a little part of me wondered if my quilt really deserved the honor, and if I’d be able to do it again. That same little part of me is wondering if my thoughts turned to blog posts can really hold their own when placed next to some of the great content found at 9rules. Kind of raises the bar a bit, no?

8 thoughts on “The 9rules Network Connection

  1. Welcome, welcome, a thousand welcomes 🙂 And worry not about the rabbit-in-headlights feeling – pretty much everyone else has it too (I still have it and it’s been over a year!)

    Quite simply your blog rocks and you more than deserve to be in 9rules. I look forward to what you’re going to do next 🙂

    (And if you will excuse me, I am now going to go and finish my attack of quilt-envy. Mine are never going to be as good as yours!)

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  2. Cas, thanks so much! I’m glad I’m not alone in the headlights! It’s not so scary (maybe) if you’re not alone…

    Yes, you can quilt like this, you just have to be obsessed like me. 😉

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  3. I already welcomed you over at 9rules, but I’ll do it again… congrats!

    I love your blue ribbon analogy, and believe it to be true: 9rules is a badge of honor that you will wear proudly. Keep living, keep quilting, and please keep blogging!

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