Once again, we seem to be caught in the crossfire between those that think we shouldn’t report what we report – those that have some other agenda, and then everyone else just looks about dazed and confused.
For the record, the mission of Blog Network Watch has been to report what we view as the news out in the blog network world. We also write about blogging, traffic, revenue, and related topics – each of which at least loosely relate to the world of blog networks.
As a part of this, we’ve established a pretty large list of sources that contact us regularly with news. We’ve gotten copies of internal communications, forum posts, internal blog posts, phone calls, forwarded emails.. you name it, like any good reporters, we probably get this. Our tipline is hit 5-20 times a day.
For some, this appears to cause some consternation and concern. And you know, I don’t care.
Our mission is, as I stated above, to report what we view as the news out in the blog network world along with some related topics. If this means that we’re the ones that break the news that 9rules has added some new rules, so be it. If it means that we’re the ones that talk about b5media having server issues, so be it. If it means that we’re the ones that break the news about how JXY Media is bigger than even Gawker and Weblogs, Inc., then so be it.
Not too long ago, we published parts of an internal communication from 9rules. We were asked to remove it. After reviewing the issue with legal counsel, I made the decision not to remove it. News is news, and that’s what we do. In some circles, we were criticized for this decision. Again, so be it. We’re here to publish the news.
Every day, journalists across the country talk with sources and publish articles that contain confidential “insider” information. These journalists write for newspapers, television, magazines, and blogs. We’re no different.
I welcome your thoughts – an open and honest debate around these issues is healthy. But our mission remains the same: We’re going to keep on doing what we do best – researching and publishing news about the blog network world. If that’s not what you want to read, move along.
Originally posted on February 15, 2006 @ 2:09 pm