Syntagma Media’s John Evans is the subject of an interview over at Blog Republic:
3) Your blog network is known for your very stylistic header design. Do you design them yourselves and what influences your work?
We now have a new header designer with us: Clive Allen, who writes our Formula 1 Latest site. He has a degree in fine arts so has added some nice touches to a number of our blogs. Most of them, though, I did myself. At first some of them were dire, as I’m no designer, but I’ve improved, and I’m proud of Art NYC and Our Man in Stratford, which demonstrate “the new me”.
Blogs can be very boring to look at, so I went with the notion of brilliant colours at the top and in the sidebar to give a sense of energy to what is still a simple river of posts design. Life’s too short to get Chris Pearson designing 40 blogs. I’m not sure it would add very much to our income, anyway. There’s a great benefit to be had from simplicity.
Sitepoint has posted an interview of b5media President Jeremy Wright. Some excerpts:
Your sale of ensight.org was not only perhaps the first sale of a major blog, but also one of the Sell Your Site forum’s original marquee sales. How has your experience with the Marketplace changed since then?
Well, one of the biggest things is that blogs have now become a mainstay of the Marketplace. Several come up every week, and most get sold. While the Ensight sale wasn’t as easy as it could have been, I continue to believe in the power of blogs (having written a book and started the world’s largest blog network I guess I’d better, eh?) as businesses, as marketing tools, and simply for really fun communication.
By and large, though, I’m still happy with the Marketplace. The quality of sellers is great, and the speed at which you can close a really good deal is often mind-blowing. I had one sale go through in less than 10 minutes, from first post to payment. So yeah, it’s very good. I don’t do a lot of selling of sites anymore so I’m not really an expert, but SitePoint is where I turn more often than anywhere else when I do sell, and for good reason.
Australia’s The Age interviews b5media’s Darren Rowse.
Do you think the internet will erode the power of traditional media?
I’m not about to proclaim the death of mainstream media but the playing field is changing at present and the web is just one place people are increasingly turning to for news, information and entertainment. Blogs and other forms of new media are just part of this equation forcing more traditional media to re-evaluate how they interact with their audiences.
How did you get into blogging?
I’ve been blogging since 2001. An employee of mine at the time told me about his blog. I was intrigued because of one major thing. I loved the fact you could instantly publish. It removed the gatekeepers. It allowed anyone to push their thoughts online and share them. After a few years, I realized you could use this medium as a business, so I wrote an ebook called ‘Blogs To Riches’ in 2003, but it was way ahead of it’s time.
David Krug asks 9 questions of Random Shape’s Matt Jones over at Blog Herald:
David: So who thought of this blog network was that you or was a team partnership idea? Tell us about the beginnings
Matt: I was reading up on blogging and started visiting sites that I noticed were part of blog networks. I found a few good teen blogs and I wanted to get to know them better. It’s hard to find a good teen blog so I thought it would be a good idea to create some kind of community for us to chat and share ideas with each other. A blog network would allow teens to talk with each other while gaining readership so it was perfect. I came up with the idea early January and I really wanted to make it work.
Last October, the question of whether blogging could be a business was pretty much decided when AOL paid a reported $25 million for Weblogs, Inc., a network of almost 100 blogs on topics like technology, travel and parenthood. The founder of Weblogs, who will still run the company, is 35-year-old Jason Calacanis. A Brooklyn kid with relentless hustle, Calacanis made a splash in the ’90s with publications (like Silicon Alley Reporter) that tracked the dot-com boom, and when the bubble burst, he—like the companies he covered—didn’t get the expected giant payout. But in 2004, Calacanis got a second chance by setting up a company to generate dozens of ad-supported Weblogs, largely written by freelancers who split the loot with him. His most successful is Engadget, a real-time guide to gadgetry run by Peter Rojas, who jumped from rival blog concern Gawker Media. Calacanis, who now lives in Santa Monica, Calif., talked to us on a trip to New York to visit the Time Warner mother ship.