I have had the pleasure of hosting a few bloggers at our home in the past two years. Ming and Jon Husband stayed here, even though we never met before, as well as Martin Roell, whom I had met before. Our blogs, and the interaction through and around it served as the base of trust that was enough to invite them to our home.
Peter Rukavina (we met at Reboot) today pointed me to a project by Henriette Weber Andersen and Thomas Kristiansen that builds on the possiblity of building trust through blogging. At Can I Crash? “a service that lets you lend your sofa to travelling bloggers” bloggers can indicate their willingness to host a blogger at their home, or their desire to stay in a certain city. Bloggers can then judge on the content of their respective blogs and the following interaction whether they want to host or be hosted.
I entered our place for bloggers that happen to pass through Enschede and are in need of a place to stay. I did specify a requirement that the visiting blogger should be blogging for at least a year. That way I can get a better picture of someone by the body of postings that has been created.
There are of course a whole lot of similar services like these. I used different European students networks to stay in Aachen, Berlin, Budapest and Vienna, while still at university. I know of similar networks of Ham radio operators, back-packers, and all kinds of Rotary-like service clubs. But this is a bit different as it positions your blog as a reputation builder.
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