I'm a pretty active blog reader, and I've been seeing this Entrecard stuff all over the web. I assumed for some reason it was a paid thing. Then Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger wrote up an interview with Entrecard's Graham Langdon. It was a good read, and really explained what exactly Entrecard is and how it's beneficial.
I'm a big fan of business cards in general, so the concept of online business cards intrigues me. The fact that Graham got the idea from the success of BlogRush fascinates me even more. They had a TON of problems in launching their second version and had a lot of people ditching them when no results came. I check my BlogRush almost every day, mostly out of my desire to understand the dang thing and how it's syndicating what. I never can figure out why some posts are deemed hot and some aren't. But I continue with the widget on my blog because I'd like to think it's bringing me some traffic.
Entrecard, on the other hand, looks like it's the real McCoy. It's a pretty straightforward bartering system with Entrecard credits, and I've seen numerous blogs holding contests to give away points. So it's clearly working enough for those bloggers to have so many credits that they can afford to just give them away for nothing. I also like the widget better... simple, smaller, and with the opportunity to drop your card off.
So, I'm trying out Entrecard for awhile, and I hope I will not be as disappointed with it as I was with BlogRush there for awhile. Right now I'm rockin' a really thrown together Entrecard picture (left). I hope to put something together that really brands me once I finally find a better template for this blog.
Does anyone have any freebie Blogger templates for me? :)