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Another TechCrunch Writer Leaves, But on Good Terms

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TechCrunch writer MG Siegler announced early yesterday morning he’s leaving the tech blog as a full time writer. The timing may seem odd given the latest TechCrunch drama, but Siegler insists this latest move has been a long time in the making.

In a blog post titled “On the Next Venture”, Siegler says that yes, he is becoming a VC.

Enough with burying the lede: yes, I’m becoming a VC. I couldn’t be happier to announce that I’m joining CrunchFund as a general partner. It’s my honor to join Mike and Pat in that role. And I thank them for the opportunity.

Erick Schonfeld also announced Siegler’s leaving on the TechCrunch blog. He says that although Sielger is leaving TechCrunch as a full time writer, he will still write for them as an outside columnist, but on one very specific topic: Apple.

“While MG will only be working full time as a writer at TechCrunch for another month, I am pleased to announce that he will continue to write for us after that on a regular basis as an outside columnist. The scope of what he will write about will be very narrow: Apple. He won’t write about startups or venture capital. And just like he has always done, he will continue to follow our editorial standards, which require strict disclosures for any kind of conflict whatsoever—financial, business, or personal.”

Of course the web is covering this story with headlines such as “The Tech Blogger Bubble is Here” and “Tech blog writers hit the big time“. Some are skeptical about the announcement, while others are focusing on why hiring tech bloggers seems to be a popular thing to do right now.

What does Siegler have to say about this “tech bubble” and crazy valuations?

For all the talk of “bubbles” and crazy valuations, I think most overlook something very fundamental: technology continues to permeate all of our lives in ways we couldn’t imagine just yesterday. This will only continue to increase over time. Technology startups are at the forefront of this. What we’ve seen up until now is just a taste of what is to come.

We wish MG Siegler (read this if you are dying to know what MG stands for; not that it will answer the question for you) the best of luck in his new venture.

So tell us – what are your thoughts on all of the happenings within TechCrunch and the technology blogging realm as a whole?

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Not Another Tech Blog

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I have a lot of respect for tech bloggers. Their job is tough because the industry is ever expanding and the competition ever growing. The seemingly impossible today becomes tomorrow’s standard. The rapid pace of change makes it difficult to keep up with new information, while providing current and relevant information to readers in a timely manner. Despite these challenges, many great bloggers do it and they do it well. So, if you’re going to start a tech blog, you’d better be ready to work because you’re going to have to stand out to get noticed. It’s not enough that you write well and know a few people who will read your blog. To really create a successful tech blog – and to avoid wasting a bunch of time – you need to become focused, committed, and ready to work. You’re up against a lot of blogging greatness but if you follow some of this advice, you just may become one of the greats yourself.

First Things First
Regardless of the subject of your blog you really need to focus on a particular niche to be successful. I know, I know – we’ve all heard the term niche ad nauseam and I went there. That being said, the technology field is far too expansive for any single mortal to provide insightful and relevant content on all of its workings. As such, focus on a particular subject to provide better and more relevant content to your readers vs. trying to be all things to everyone. Your readers will appreciate it and you’ll have fewer sleepless nights as a result.

Position Your Blog as an Actual News Source
Blogging today is becoming more and more about the here and the now. We are increasingly living in a real-time world and as such, your blog should be as close to real-time as you can make it. Blogging is arguably becoming the de facto publishing standard in our society today. While many blogs are still being used to express the personal opinions and rants of the owner to the world at large, I feel that the most successful blogs of tomorrow will more closely resemble successful news agencies of today. We’re already seeing a growing trend of citizens and bloggers, rather than journalists, breaking news around the world. As a blogger keyed into your particular niche, why not break the news yourself? You can do this if you position your blog correctly.

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