Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ning Me Out! Spruz Me in!

Many of you know how important social networking is for authors and how much fun it is to find great undiscovered books to read and enjoy. sites were a wonderful place to get the best of all worlds—and for FREE!. Last week, Ning announced it would be charging for the use of their sites—bad news for all of us. When Ning begins to add a user fee, we will all pay the price. Site administrators will pay the fee and pass it on to their members. I don’t know about the rest of the Ning members, but I am registered to over 35 Ning sites as a member, and I am the administrator of three sites as well. So what do we do?

My Ning sites included one for new writers, one for published authors and book lovers, and the last for writing and publishing advice; I will be closing all three. Instead of having three Ning sites, I have now built one new FREE site at The new site combines the needs of new writers, authors, and book lovers alike as one big happy family!

Are you tired of posting on numerous Ning Networks? Is your Ning site adding a user fee? Are several of your Networking friends disappearing? Please stop by my new Spruz site and see if it might just fit your needs. Remember, it’s fresh and new and may not presently have ALL your needs covered, but it will in the near future. The proposed membership count in the first 6 months is 1,500. I’m not wasting any more time or energy into having so many Ning memberships when all my friends are at just one; The new Author & Book Event Center at Please join me!

Hopefully Blogger won't start charging a fee!


Carrie Cooper said...

I almost signed up for a ning account last week but decided against it when I heard about the upcoming charges. Thanks for telling me about the new site youre putting together. Sounds great!

JR's Thumbprints said...

Blogger? Charge a fee? I hope not.

Anonymous said...

Oh now, I just signed up on one earlier today. Well, lets see what happens but I guess they will lose a lot of members..

Laura said...

I hadn't heard that Ning was going to start being a paid site. I won't stay with it either. There are enough free sites and networks that it isn't worthwhile paying for one. Also, I like Ning but they have always made it impossible to search for other interesting networks on Ning. That has always bugged me.

Unknown said...

Glad you were proactive in getting the group moved to the new FREE site. Thanks, Carol.

Yvonne Perry
Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

Anonymous said...

It is a shame once you get used to something that they add a cost at a later date but sometimes they can't help it.
Hope your new site works out.

Glynis Peters said...

What a shame for you. Still they say a change is as good as a rest. May our new blog will be fun for you.

daisy listeu said...

I did not heard blogger fee. Is it true?

I would suggest you but mostly

I need storage for my network and using GROU.PS. Webs is good too, like their some features.