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Soullfire is Bringing
Sexy Community Back
** Former Xangans – Like and Reblog if you support this idea **
close to a month OVER SIX MONTHS since Xanga has launched it’s “updated” “Xanga 2.0″, driven with the WordPress engine, and it’s still operating well below the “free” WordPress state. The “community” that was, disappeared with the end of Xanga 1.0 with the loss of free blogging, along with all of “1.0’s” community centric features like having a front page, ring groups, and general areas where users could find each other and congregate.
Xanga has given no updates – so no one over there knows how long the “non community” condition will last.
Many former Xangans like myself have moved their general blogging over to “free” WordPress but are also feeling a general loss of overall community that “Xanga 1.0″ had.
After using my WordPress site more often, I realized that it has certain features that will allow the former Xanga community to reconnect. The answer lies in the “Reader” section, which is accessed by the top menu bar:
In the Reader section, on the right hand side, there’s a “Topics” exploration search column underneath “Find Friends”:
The topics search works by searching all the “Tag” keywords put in a blog and displays the blogs that have a match. Below shows an example of the Tag area in a new blog:
Tag words go on the bottom line separated by commas.
So once you’ve published a blog with certain tag words, it can be searched by others using the “Topics” search function.
Now here’s where the Xanga community restoration comes into the picture. All that’s needed are some common “key words” used as tags that will allow users to find posts by former Xangans. Searching on a particular keyword will be similar to using the Xanga “Blog Rings” to find a group of posts related to a similar interest.
Okay, to set this up, Xangans need to do the following:
Post a blog stating what your Xanga name was and what your current name is now. In this blog use the tag word “ID_Xanga“. This will let people search for other former Xanga users using “ID_Xanga” as well as identify the Xangans who have changed their usernames. The beauty of this is it will only pull up the blogs that use this tag, so you will have an exclusive Xanga search feature.
Next, when blogging, include the tag word “FreeXanga“. This will allow folks to find the latest blogs of former Xangans.
Following this format, we can now use keywords to group blogs by interest or subject, just like the former “Xanga 1.0″ Blog Ring or “Ish” sites. I’ve created a few tag words to get us started:
QOTD_Xan – Use this tag word to post with a question of the day
Dollarish_Xan – Use this tag word to post with a money/savings/economic blog
Politicish_Xan – Use this tag to post with a political related blog
Rant_Xan – Use this tag to post with a rant type of blog
Drama_Xan – Use this tag for drama blogs – for the drama lovers, haha. =)
Townhall_Xan – Use this tag for general community info. This would be the tag to use when introducing new tag words to create a new search group.
FreeXanga – Use this tag in all your blogs to make them “Xangan” searchable.
I added “Xan” to the tag word topics to make it unique to Xangans, and it provides the general format for creating new search terms/groups. “ID_Xanga” need only to be used once for identification and to create a search list.
I think this should work to help restore the “Xanga 1.0″ style of community on WP, with the super bonus of now having a new world of people available to meet as well!
Note: The max number of searchable tag words is 9, so don’t add too many tags words to your blog.
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