I'm excited to announce our next Valleywag: Dan Lyons, of Newsweek, Readwrite, and "Fake Steve Jobs" infamy, will be helming Valleywag.Gawker.com starting in January. Lyons is a bruiser, and returns from his self-inflicted exile from tech blogging when he's needed most, to preside over the implosion of one of late…
Several people have asked for clarification on our social media guideline, which I mentioned might be in review. The following, developed by our editorial leadership, is Gawker Media's current thinking.
While you may only know Deadspin's writers as smooth jazz lovers with all the charm of ambulatory kidney stones, it turns out they can write good. Good enough for books that can be read on the can!
Weird to think, but we're already working on 2015 plans, at least over here in the Corner of Directing. I'm putting together a plan for the Edit group (GMGI), which I'll be happy to share when I make it all pretty.
Consider Kotaku. Our gaming site turned 10 this week. (As did Jalopnik!)
We began discussions for a minor site refresh project—mostly visual—that will be implemented early next year, with development starting over the next few months. More details soon, as for now there are few details to share. We're basically just collecting ideas!
Good afternoon from the couch of news. I'm home today, as are most of the 210 Editorial staff, as we add a few more desks to the 4th floor in our final renovation before we move to 17th Street next year. Hopefully the additional 6 seats will tide us over until then, although I suspect we'll still be full to bursting.
This week, everyone at Gizmodo learned how to write this:
For me, a week of planning to plan. I'll be formalizing a weekly editorial stand-up meeting, starting Monday after next. I'm working with each of the site leads to codify their site missions and editorial plans for 2015. And while I intended to be dragged behind a car today—for a reason—I instead stayed in the office…
Earlier this year, I set a traffic goal for the Gawker Media Network of 80 million U.S. uniques, to be achieved by the end of the year. I'm pig-in-shitted to announce that as of today, Gawker Media has crossed that line, bringing in 81.3 million U.S. uniques over the last 30 days, as part of a greater 126.8 million…
Hi All - welcome to the weekly Tech Wrap-Up. I just wanted to quickly address site stability over the last few weeks, and questions such as "Why the hell is Tech doing a server maintenance during the day?", "Why do the sites crash every time they do a maintenance?". A couple of weeks ago we had some hardware fail in…
Creative cultures. That's the thing I've been thinking about, reading about, and discussing with everyone this week, in preparation for our All Hands meeting next Wednesday, as well as our management trip to Budapest in August.
Get ready, summer fun fans—we're going to have an All-Hands Meeting. Expect discussion about our core motivating principles, best practices, future Kinja developments, and highlights from each of the major titles on Kinja.
Ol' Man Denton wanted to buy a scooter. Nothing wrong with that. "I like scooters fine. But why not just get a motorcycle?" I asked. Especially since he was looking at 600-pound BMW maxi-scooters, which are great machines, but not exactly the little Soho-to-Brooklyn runabout he was talking about in the first place.
The Gawker Media network nearly kissed 70 million U.S. uniques a month; we're at 69.6 million for the last 30 days. (April was flat, but May and June have had great growth, primarily in mobile, where most of the growth is happening across the web.) Global uniques are growing, too; we're up to 113.8 million monthly…
I just sent this to the Jezebel staff.
You know what we have this week? A product roadmap for Kinja. That probably doesn't sound that exciting—and as a document, it's not! It's all just bullet points and lists—but what it means is that the Product team is out there banging away at improvements to Kinja all over the place, working in parallel on lots of…
Our Australia colleagues at Allure are doing quite well for themselves. Congrats!