Genre: Community site and forum
I was invited to check out the YBN by the founder and admin Patrick DeVivo. Patrick is a 14 year old blogger living in NYC. The site is not without flaws, but Patrick has done a great job putting the site together, and I believe it can be a place for kid bloggers to share ideas and connect with others.
When I first visited, I looked around, saw a few other young blogger names I know, and found the forum easy to use, so I registered. Getting started was easy. The profile section is fine, and lets you list several IM’s, but I’d like to see some more fields to add things like my twitter account: twitter.com/KidReviewer.
There are some glitches in the navigation, as I found Patrick’s bio, but then couldn’t find how to get back to it again, but overall I had no problem finding the forum. Patrick says he reduced the ads, and I think he has a good balance of space. I encourage other kid bloggers to check out the Youth Blogger Network, and participate. Patrick is a huge fan of Wordpress, and can probably help other kid bloggers with some tips. Right now he’s running a contest with a prize of a Black Omni Wordpress theme.
Way to go, Patrick!