I am now a member of Blogcritics! It's going to be fun and I am very excited. I encourage everyone with an interest in writing, blogging and culture to take a look - and if you fancy participating, why not apply to join? The system works like this:
You can post articles without a review element, or you can review anything relevant. If you review, you have the option to apply for review materials from the Blogcritic database. It's a surprisingly large organisation with hundreds of items available for review. Some are available for US residents only, but many are available internationally. You can get books, CDs, concert tickets, technical manuals and so on.
There are some conditions in certain circumstances: a press officer may insist that a particular resource is used within your article (a photo, say). Not a lot unlike "traditional media".
Time is always a factor; the contributors who devote a great deal of time to the site will undoubtedly get the most out of it. Still, I hope I'll be able to participate to a satisfactory degree.
I'm going to suggest they start chocolate reviews. Now that would be satisfying participation.
My first article for them came out today. When you join, the deadline for making your first post is tight, so I re-worked the Ozrics post you may or may not have read a few days ago. Cross posting to your own blog is allowed, but I would like to do it the other way around next time.