In my efforts to create a rich community, I opened the forums in 2009. At first it was great, the community was small, and we all talked about the issues that concerned bloggers. However over the years the forums have become a vehicle for “Follow my blog” posts, and regardless of our efforts to fight this trend it has become overwhelming. I am the only full time person working on IFB, and I cannot moderate these forums and provide you with content, nor can I pay someone to do this as every person I have paid had become frustrated with this trend as well and given up.
In addition to the “Follow my blog!” posts, which are for the most part posted by legitimate bloggers who want more exposure (but don't understand that's not how you get it). The forums have attracted spambots and real spammers that have attacked IFB several times. Protecting the site has become so costly, and for the quality of information that exists in the forums now, it just is not worth the investment.
I am fully committed to providing a resource for the fashion blogging community. There are a few things in the works that with the closing of the forums, we can focus our efforts on to bring you better tools for growing your blog and succeeding as a blogger.
The forums will be closing March 25th at 11:59pm EST. If you have any threads you would like to save, please do so before that date. I will not be keeping content on the forums, they will be completely deleted.
Thank you very much for understanding! And I look forward to bringing you more resources in the future!
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