I admit it. I was one of them. Those people who see what Michael Arrington and TechCrunch did, how they wielded their power to influence other sites, startups, and large corporations. As a former newspaper journalist, I despised him, the site, and everything about it.
Something has changed over the last few weeks. It reminds me of John Elway. I couldn’t stand how he handled his drafting out of college. I didn’t like the way he handled the press or even what he did on the field, particularly when he was on the sidelines. I thought he was a baby. Over the years, he grew on me to the point that when he retired with a pair of Super Bowl rings on his hand, I marked him down as one of my favorite quarterbacks of all time.
The “Elway Shift” has been happening with my opinions of Michael Arrington, particularly in the last 2 months. I liked the way he was handling AOL. I definitely supported what he has been doing in the last 2 weeks surrounding the AOL/Huffington debacle. Now that he’s actually speaking out against his baby, I realized something.
I want Michael Arrington at Soshable.
We’re such a small blog. It’s inconceivable that a site which had the worst logo in history (changed by a fan who begged me to put up his design out of sheer embarrassment for what I had before), very few writers, and next to no revenue could woo a pioneer in tech blogging like Arrington. There are benefits, however, that should be noted:
- Soshable is ranked #1 in Google for “Social Media Blog” and “Social Media Blogs”
- It’s 3-years old, aged enough to have a nice following (thank you avid fans!) but new enough to need molding
- No corporate overlords – we write what we want to write
As CrunchFund launches startups into the stratosphere, Soshable can be there watching, or it can be there helping. The old journalist will always want this site to stay pure, but there’s nothing wrong with fully-disclosed exposure for any company.