Wondering about YIOM – The Future

YIOM started as a one month long celebration of yoga blogging, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo or VeganMoFo.  However, it’s now the 20th of the month and blogs are still joining.  This makes me wonder if there is a need or desire for a yoga network of sorts.  It would basically be an index of member yoga blogs, with twitter names, RSS feed links, blurbs, etc. that then could be used by anyone looking for a blog and would also help yoga bloggers to find one another and facilitate community posting and exchange of ideas.  Wonderful communal blogs like YogaDork or large-scale yoga information sites like Elephant Journal are similar in some ways, and this would not be intended to replace or supplant those.  It would simply be a network of blogs, connected through the directory and use of the logo, and with the intent to enhance connection.  I’m thinking I could start it as a page on this site and then eventually shift it over to its own.  So, YIOM members or fans, what do you think?

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We would want to reshuffle the acronym meaning (I think the acronym itself still works) to something else.  I’m not coming up with much creative for it at the moment : )  – Yogis Inviting Oneness Mindfully?  Yogis Investigating Oneness Mindfully?  Yoga Inspired Online Mudra (as in pose, not as in hand gesture)?  Yoga Inspired Online Movement?  Hmmm…

I would love to hear your thoughts!


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14 Responses to Wondering about YIOM – The Future

  1. Emily says:

    Oh, I just love this. I was just thinking how much I was going to miss YIOM with April having gone by so quickly – I think this is a great idea to extend the movement into a community!

  2. I definitely think the network of blogs is a brilliant idea…something that unites us all as a global community, a resource for those looking for yoga-related blogs, but also a way for us to be able to find each other for future projects or simply to bounce an idea off of…and my vote is for Yoga Inspired Online Movement, or I thought of Yoga Initiative Online Movement…

  3. I didn’t join YIOM because my blog isn’t 100% dedicated to yoga, as I write about dance, food, and other topics, but I certainly have a yogic mindset as I approach each post. Would there be certain criteria for joining the YIOM network?

    Also, I second “Yoga-Inspired Online Movement.” 🙂

  4. Terra says:

    I love this idea! Connecting with other yogis has been so wonderful for me:-) I honestly have a fried brain right now, and can not give name suggestions, LOL:-) Excited for all the future fun!!! Hugs, Terra

  5. shareen says:

    Yes, do it!! The name doesn’t matter as much as the intention and the content. Love it 🙂

  6. Keishua says:

    That sounds great. I think this venture has been very nurturing for me, personally.

  7. Lorin says:

    Thanks for the positive feedback so far, gang!

  8. faern says:

    i love “Yoga-Inspired Online Movement”
    i’d like to continue, i however am a little “bogged down” with the quantity of posts- i personally chose to write more this month- but as the spring/summer/fall comes i’m “on season” for my work and will have to post more of a variety of things on my site- which are generally yoga related- but not always~ and sometimes my posts are rather promotional- like the work i’m doing with Janet right now (which is yoga related, but directly to her new dvd- i have avoided putting the ‘yiom’ logo on those b/c of that “sale” aspect of them) so im not sure if that “flys” so to speak- i also promote yoga based charity events a lot more in the summer- would it be ok to “yiom” those?
    im just trying to get an idea of if this sort of thing would be ok

    • Lorin says:

      I think that if we make this a network, it will be a matter of your site belonging to the network, not that particular posts have to be labeled or that you have to do a specific number per week. My thought is more that 1/2 of the posts have to be somehow yoga related and the blog has to be maintained (i.e. not dormant for a month at a time).

  9. I also like Yoga Inspired Online Movement. Keeping just a network of blogs is a great idea for everyone to find each other and inspire each other.

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