A personal take on Technorati’s acquisition of Blogcritics
Huge congrats to Blogcritics!
It was announced today that Blogcritics â€“ an online magazine-meets-blog community that I have a long and continuing relationship with â€“ is being acquired by Technorati:
Today, weâ€™ve announced the acquisition of Blogcritics.org. If youâ€™re a blogger, you might be familiar with them (and theyâ€™ve been part of the Technorati Media network since June). If youâ€™re not, Blogcritics is an online community of thousands of bloggers, and an award winning site. Theyâ€™re publishing everything from music reviews to articles on politics and technology â€“ to a monthly audience of more than a million.
Why did we do it? It just made sense â€“ as weâ€™ve stated more times than you probably care to hear, our mission is to help bloggers and the people who read blogs. Blogcritics shares this mission, executed in their own unique way by providing a large stage for bloggers to express themselves while giving readers a great array of high quality blog content.
Blogcritics was founded by Eric Olsen way back in 2002. In the nearly as way back as 2004, I recall stumbling across Blogcritics and was immediately amazed and delighted to find a place where smart and talented people who were interested in a little bit of everything (or a lot about a few things) could write and read and comment and interact.
It was early grassroots social networking for the blogger and content-minded set, and I dove right in. So much so that after beginning as a writer and site member, I soon got involved as an editor and eventually began taking on as many other things as I could. I went to become the site’s executive producer and was proud to help oversee a lengthy period of expansion of growth.
Part of that expansion led to the founding of this site in early 2007. By last fall, work and other responsibilities sadly forced me to step away from my day-to-day role with the old BC, but I’ve remained a great fan and admirer, and OMC remains a part of the Blogcritics network of sites (which also includes the fun/snarky GlossLip, run by Eric’s wife, Dawn Olsen).
The thing that I always loved most about Blogcritics is that it provides a great value proposition for both writers and readers. For writers, it offers the opportunity to have your work edited for free â€“ a service I still believe is unmatched on the Internet â€“ and mentoring from a great and supportive blog community to boot. Additionally, I personally testify to the number of doors that have been opened by way of association with the site. For readers, BC provides a delightful array of content (TechCrunch reports that an astounding 73,000 articles have been published to date), magazine-style opinions and news and reviews across the pop culture and entertainment and current events/politics gamut.
So congrats again to Eric and Dawn and Phillip Winn and Lisa McKay and crew. And on top of that it will be very interesting indeed to see what Technorati â€“ another old school blog-focused institution itself â€“ will have in store with Blogcritics and other announced changes to come.