Unless it’s a prank or a hacked account, writer Mathew Ingram reports that GigaOm, a popular blog launched in 2006, is shutting down, evidently having run out of money and/or the will to keep on pushing. Again, it’s early, so maybe this is a hacked account. If so, I’ll gladly (and with a sigh of relief) pull this post.
UPDATE: Om Malik confirms the story.
GigaOm was one of the bests
Started by Om Malik, a smart and interesting writer in his own rite, and also investor and tech enthusiast, the blog went on to hire up some of the best tech writers on the scene, including the above-mentioned Ingram. I counted on GigaOm as a source for less-pompom-waving reports and fewer worries that someone had their fingers in the pot.
I almost never report news at chrisbrogan.com, but I have two reasons to post this:
1.) I want to nod in appreciation to a great publication that showed what a great online media property could possibly look like.
2.) I want to point out that bloggers can do anything with their efforts. Om and team built a larger media property with their company and provided jobs for plenty of people. Others have turned their blog into books. Others have created events that were made more successful from the blog’s following. There are many ways to make something like this work.
For me, there’s no moral in losing this particular project. Instead, I wish everyone involved a safe landing at their next venture, and I hope they find success along the way.
On Sunday in my free newsletter, I’ll write more about ways to build business from a blog.