Remember 9rules round 8? The “winners” are finally announced, and it is a mere 26 sites. I wonder if this means that there wasn’t as many submissions as usual, or if the ones that came in just wasn’t good enough? Tyme White says they won’t be releasing any statistics this time around, so we’ll never know.
I received an email tip via Performancing today about some key b5media personalities having to leave the network–one of the bigger blog/new media networks today, in terms of content and contributorship. Foremost of these is AboutWeblogs.com founder and b5media “co-founder” Shai Coggins. In a blog post today, Shai explains the circumstances behind her leaving b5.
Even with the fresh injection of funding, the economic times aren’t cooperating.
So, it all ended with another Skype chat. Well, sort of. On the 14th of January 2009, I used Skype to pay for the call to the b5 conference line – where the company COO and CEO broke the news to me.
Times are tough.
And that’s how it ends.
I’m not sure I am at liberty to quote or discuss the actual contents of the email, as it appears to be privileged communication between Jeremy Wright and his fellow b5’ers. But it appears that this move was due to some belt-tightening measures that the company has had to do in line with its trimming of costs, refocusing of strategies and exploring of new opportunities. [Read more…]
Brian Gardner announced that b5media will use one of the Revolution themes as the base theme across the network, and CEO Jeremy Wright confirmed that it is indeed so. The theme will apparently roll out in a network redesign due next year, and not a moment too soon if you ask me.
While I have nothing against the Revolution Streamline theme, which will be the basis of the new design, I’m a bit surprised to see b5media going with something that is a premium theme available for all. Or is it? I can’t seem to find it on the Revolution Two website, so maybe b5media bought the rights to it? I’ve contacted Brian and Jeremy for a comment on this.
Check out the Revolution Streamline demo if you want to know what the basis of the new b5media base template will be in 2009.
There is no doubt that the current financial situation is hitting the web as well as the rest of the media industry. This is certainly one of the reasons why we’ve seen blog networks close, cut costs, or rationalize their portfolio. So is the blog network business model in trouble, and what does the established blog network hotshots thing about these things?
I decided to find out, in the first roundtable discussion here on the Blog Herald. That’s why I invited these fine blog network heavyweights to participate in the discussion.
So let’s get started and see what they have to say! [Read more…]
- Valleywag.com the URL will still work. Valleywag’s RSS feed will still work. You will not have to go to Gawker.com to read Valleywag stories.
- In 2009, Owen will be posting full-time, maybe 6-12 posts per day. Everyone else is fired.
The internal bickering within Gawker Media always amuses me. I also love the pop/coincidence of Valleywag making it into Alltop…