Lately I’ve been writing on blog communities and networks, and one such community was taken from Nancy White (I haven’t read her post about this as it is a dead link, but it is refered to in another post), that is the Hub and Spoke community that revolves around one blog.
NOTE: not to confuse this with SNA Single Hub and Spoke temporary step of Network Weaving as outlined by Valdis Krebs and June Holley. This refers to a hub weaver connecting isolated clusters in order to open the gates to information flow, basically connecting the clusters.
If you have a community of people, around your blog or would like to encourage one, what are the options…
Create a forum eg. TechCrunch
Create a social network eg. mashable
Memetracker view of your community eg. Mashtracker
MoveableType4 is becoming more social, from Read/Write Web:
“In effect this means that readers can become members of a website, with rights to post alongside authors - including sharing photos, videos, and audio. There is also a new ratings framework and later in the beta period more community features are promised.”
The ultimate is the social network choice, but is only viable if your site is sticky and people will actually go to the trouble of living in a profile. Registering to comment to a forum is one thing, but creating a social profile feels a little more committed.
Preferably you’d want a social network or group page intergrated into your blog, here are some choices anyway…
For other ways your blog visitors can communicate with you (the blog owner) or with other visitors, please see my post,The various ways visitors can communicate with blog owners…this delves into contact forms, ratings, chat, video, voice message, message board, SMS, etc…