I first heard about the 2000 bloggers project about a week ago and have watched the whole drama unfold with great interest–not with quite the same level of interest I have in what the hell will happen with Anna Nicole Smith’s estate, but then again, I’m still a law dog at heart, so you can’t blame me for that.
The 2000 blogger project started when a creative chap named Tino Buntic thought it would be cool to throw together bloggers from all walks of life into a photo/blog montage; he set the limit at 2000 and had only two requirements: (1) The blog must’ve existed prior to Januray 1, 2007; and (2) There must be a photo of the blogger somewhere on the blog.
Everything went along smoothly until Technorati got involved once it noticed that linked bloggers’ rankings were being skewed by their participate in the project. So Technorati got a little angry, and fixed the system so that these links wouldn’t count in the tallies.
Yes, I realize that many people live and die (although hopefully not die) with their rankings, but for me personally, I thought the 2000 blogger project would be a unique way to become part of a blogging network that wasn’t just focused on one thing–expats, women, knitting, etc. All of those are great, too, but I kind of liked the randomness of it all.
And the photo collage is just too cool for school.
Tino is still on the project as a site editor, but the whole thing has been picked up by an extremely dedicated (and perhaps slightly crazy in a good way) Elaine Vigneault. There’s now a website with introductions of the members and a nice little community of bloggers in the works. No one knows at this point what 2000 bloggers could become, but at the very least, it’s a place where you can go and find something new to read for a long, long time coming.
Point? I joined. As I write this, I was the last one added so my mug is rather obvious on the montage, but that will change; there are still spaces left if anyone else would like to be part of the 2000.
Won’t you be my neighbor?