Shiny Media is to cut back on staff, including editorial director and co-founder Katie Lee, according to an official press release initially sent to TechCrunch UK & Ireland. Chris Price remains in place as the last of the company’s founders.
The full statement, copied below, talks of the current tough financial climate and the toll it has taken on the new media company. Shiny Media has “held on as long as [it] could without restructuring the business” but that long-term stability has now forced its hand. read more
After a wild and woolly four years at the helm, I’m stepping down from the site lead position to work on Some New Stuff on a day-to-day basis in 2009. To be clear, my decision has nothing to do with the big bad economy or any kind of scandalous company blow-up—it’s just time for me to move onto new projects. It’s tough letting go of something I love so dearly, but it’s easier knowing it will be in very capable hands.
Good to hear, no Nick Denton slashing the workforce this time.
Adam Pash has been a Lifehacker contributor for 3 years, so he should know how things work. Also, Gina Trapani will continue to post on the blog, as well as do some other stuff, so she’s not disappearing totally. A little more in the announcement post.
Scott Campbell, a 13-year-old entrepreneur, has launched a new Scottish blog-centric social network called ScotBlog.net.
Aimed at anyone living in Scotland or with Scottish ancestry, it has many of the same features found in other social networking sites such as the ability to create profiles, add friends, join groups, send private messages, and maintain a blog.
The main aim of the website is to create a safe, fun community for anybody to use, from tech savvy users to silver surfers,” says Campbell. read more
Envato has launched its video marketplace, VideoHive, which we’ve written about previously. The VideoHive marketplace sells video split into Motion Graphics, Stock Footage, and Project Files. For more, read manager Mark Brodhuber’s launch post in the VideoHive blog, or just check out VideoHive.
On a different note, Envato also announced that ThemeForest, another marketplace, will start to carry Photoshop PSD designs, for those of you who are more inclined to code your own site rather than buy a WordPress theme. The PSD files will cost $6-10 and are promoted with a special web design week over at PSDTUTS. Nice playing the blog network card, Collis!
Recession or no, people surely won’t stop reading the Gawker Media sites, and as long as Denton & Co. can continue to sell ads on a CPM basis, they should be able to ride this one through. October is another record high, according to the network site, clocking in at 297 million pageviews, and 22 million unique visitors. Crazy.
Offworld is the latest blog in the Boing Boing network, and it is all about computer and videogames. Edited by Brandon Boyer, a familiar name for some of us that used to hail the Edge mag, it is bound to be something interesting. At least I hope so, and Boyer’s welcome post promises a lot:
As Offworld lifts off over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be bringing to it a focus on the overlooked, the underappreciated, the rise of the independents and, in general, the games that are bringing genuine excitement and innovation (in both gameplay and design) to the industry.
Focusing on the indie games is a nice call if you ask me. There’s a lot of games developed by small studios out there, some are crap, some decent, and a few pretty innovating. read more
Freelance Writing Jobs is a great blog for writers, owned and founded in 2005 by Deborah Ng. Now the blog, who was one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Sites for Writers, is branching out to a blog network, from 1 to 6 blogs:
“This is a natural progression for the site,” says Deborah Ng, who founded the site in May of 2005 to help work-at-home moms find better writing opportunities. “We have multiple contributors now. By providing six different blogs, we’re making it much more readable. Community members can subscribe to the different blogs rather than scrolling down deeper and deeper to find the content that interests them. This design will provide our readers with much more freedom.”*
The portal site is a bit unfocused right now, but splitting such a broad blog into six more focused ones is probably a good idea.
Weblogs, Inc, the blog network founded by Jason “I’m not blogging anymore” Calacanis, is doing well under AOL’s ownership. In a presentation, published by TechCrunchon Docstoc, they show massive growth since 2005. Just to illustrate, in 2005 Weblogs, Inc had a estimated revenue of $6 million and 4 employees. In 2008, the same numbers are $30 million and 26 employees. Add a massive traffic increase, with a unique visitor growth of 994% between October 2005 and August 2008, and the success story that is Weblogs, Inc just seems all the more impressive.
Of course, the growth is possibly due to the fact that the blogosphere by itself have had a massive growth during this period as well, with blogs going mainstream and getting the recognition they deserve (and sometimes don’t), but numbers are numbers, and they generally don’t lie.
Check out the full presentation for more number crunching. It’s just 10 pages and mostly pictures, so it’s very accessible. It also shows how much larger Weblogs, Inc is when compared to both Gawker Media’s network, and b5media.