Last night I came across a post making fun of a Facebook group called VIPs. The question posed, in a somewhat sarcastic tone, was would you join a group called “Visionary Important Writers?” I’m not sure why the “P” is in there however it caused me to wonder whether BlogCatalog’s VIB upgraded membership acronym sounds overblown, pretentious, obnoxious or something that makes some even uncomfortable signing up to be a BlogCatalog VIB?
My mind tossed and turned mulling this over. Is VIB a name reserved for an enlightened breed of blogger? Is it appropriate for BlogCatalog members that financially support BlogCatalog?
I am not 100% certain about whether it sounds negative. I am sure to some it may. The fact though is that without VIB members BlogCatalog would not exist. This is not hyperbole. It’s is fact. BlogCatalog’s servers would not get paid and the site would go down but for the support of VIBs.
So is VIB inappropriate? I cannot think of any other name that means more to me than V.I.B. Those 3 letters are what reminds me every single day how important VIBs are to this community. I believe changing VIB to some other or name would be the wrong decision both to the BC team, this community and to the blogosphere. Yes, to the blogoshpere.
Since we created the BlogCatalog community in 2007 countless bloggers have started off their blogging “careers” and businesses on BC. From writers to social media gurus, BlogCatalog has been and continues to be a place where bloggers connect, make friendships, find readers and countless numbers have launched their brands from here. Many writers and social media gurus became who they are today in part because of their roots in this community.
While we will never know the true impact of the BlogCatalog community on blogging and social media, I feel certain that this community has played a positive role in influencing many people’s lives. Without VIB member support this would never have happened and would not be possible today.
I would love to hear what you think?
About Antony Berkman
Passionate about social communities, blogging, new media and how to use them to make a positive difference.