I talk with my guys at 9rules a lot about the big picture. Right now many people see 9rules as a blog network, however we never really saw it as that even when we dreamed the idea up about one year ago. We’re moving our way towards building a community of the most brilliant people on the web — whether they’re businesswomen, designers, developers, entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, or anyone else. Forget the concept of just a blog network, 9rules is now a place that can build on the combined talents of our massive community. Anyway, back to the big picture :)
Design is something I could never see myself stopping, regardless of what else I have going on in my life or how much money I had. To me, putting pixels on the screen is like playing golf — nobody pays me to play golf, and I don’t care, I’ll play golf the rest of my life. It’s the same type of thing with design, if I was a multi-millionaire and never had to work again, I’d probably be designing more stuff than I am currently just because I love it so much.
Today’s announcement at 9rules about our next big project — 9charities.org — is the big picture stuff that I’m really looking forward to. 9charities is our way of using the resources of the 9rules Network to give free web consulting, hosting, and design to nine non-profit organizations per year. Our members will be divided up into teams, and each team will work with a charitable organization and provide them with the professional web presences they desperately need. I’ll be sticking my head in some of the projects and giving visual direction, just because I like getting my hands dirty like that :) 9charities will have a much larger impact on people’s lives than the 9rules Network does, which to me is the real big picture: the impact that 9rules and our members will have on the world around us.
Some 9charities-related links that have popped up already (Update: I’m adding to this list as I find them!). Thanks for the great support everyone:
- Dennis Bullock: 9rules Spreads Love With 9charities
- Snook: 9charities
- Newsvine: 9charities
- Totanus.net: 9rules e il non profit
- Juiced Thoughts: 9charities, a 9rules Network Project
- Mark Wade: Announcing 9charities!
- Tauquil’s Blog: 9rules Introduces 9charities
- Judi Sohn: 9charities (great post from a brilliant woman)
- João Craveiro: 9charities
- Danny Foo: 9rules Network Giving Back To 9charities
- Yaro Starak: 9charities.org