Hello loves! We have some exciting changes coming up with IFB.
IFB started in September 2007 on Blogspot. We had just a few links on our blogroll, and it kept growing. When we moved over to WordPress, we added the forums, and you've all be really great at making them such a valuable resource.
Now… we have a community reaching over 3,000 members and we get new applications every day. The fashion blog community is growing not just in size but also in power, and we can't really do this alone, we really need each other to push fashion media to the next level.
That is why I have decided to transform IFB into a social network. I didn't want to create just any social network, but one that can help create real results. IFB has always existed in the spirit of evolution, growing when it's appropriate. Lately, the community has grown so much that the members list is practically unusable, and the forums are great, but they don't offer everything we need as a community. For the past few months, I've been working on setting this network up, looking into all the possibilities, and ways to make it a relevant fashion resource for bloggers. Keeping in mind the IFB mission, which is to continually work towards providing a platform where you can improve and promote your blog, the social network portion will incorporate these features:
- a platform to find other bloggers in your area and host meetups
- ability find other bloggers in your niche and form groups
- an extended forum, with polls, events and image galleries
- a profile you can link to your other social network accounts so you can find other bloggers in other networks as well as promote your own blog
I want to make this as quick and painless for you as a community, so before we launch, I have a few questions to pose for you, if you can leave your thoughts in the comments, that would be great.
1. Do you want your profile information to be imported into the new social media file?
When you filled out your IFB application, you provided us with the essential profile information… not including passwords. Instead of asking you to fill out more forms, we can import your information, so you have a profile automatically. When we do this you'll get an email with your temporary password. You can then pimp out the rest of your profile. However, before doing this I'd like to ask your permission as a community. So, if you can vote in the comments or if you want to elaborate on your vote.
2. If you have any threads/forum topics in the forums you would like to keep, please comment with the link below.
The new format has forum capabilities, but they also have other features that do not make it easy to do a simple import. So, we are leaving the old forums, but we don't want to leave the most important stuff. If you have an important topic, please let me know.
That's it for now.. the launch is fast approaching, I'd love to hear your feedback and try to include anything you would need in a network to help your blog!