My Business 2.0 colleague Owen Thomas, our online editor, just landed a new gig as the editor of tech-gossip blog Valleywag. He's taking over from Gawker Media owner/publisher Nick Denton, who has brought the blog up to 1.5 million pageviews a month. Owen follows another former Business 2.0 staffe to uberbloggerdom: Om Malik of GigaOm (who broke this piece of insider dope). And his move is triggering some thoughtful posts about the pros and cons of magazines versus blogs.
I've known Owen for seven years. He's going to do a great job at Valleywag. As my boss Josh Quittner put it in an email to the editorial staff earlier today:
Given how the ad dollars have been flowing, many veteran print journalists
are fleeing the business these days for online media. In the case of life-long contrarian Owen Thomas—who's been at this magazine from the very start—he's actually returning to new media. On the upside, since Owen tends to zig when everyone else zags, that could mean good news for print—perhaps it's a signal that the ad market is about to get way better. On the downside, we'll miss him terribly, and wish him great good fortune in his new role as resident Valleywag.
Owen has done virtually everything here: from reporter, to chief of reporters, from writer, to senior editor. . . . He was our resident Mr. Spock and knew more about the who's who and history of information technology than Wikipedia. And when I had an idea to build out a blog network, it was Owen that did the actual work of cobbling it all together and made sure it ran well. On top of it all, he's a wonderful guy.