Gadgets and more gadgets

We’re pleased to announce the launch of two new blogs:

Gadget Bloggers focuses on the world of technology gadgets, such as PDAs, Cell Phones, Tablet PCs, Computers, and other great bits of technology. As a technophile myself, this is the sort of blog that I enjoy reading, and we’ve lined up some great bloggers to bring the latest in gadget news to you.

Mobility Watch focuses exclusively on the world of mobile devices, such as Smartphones, Cell Phones, WiFi PDAs, and other devices that’s sure to warm the heart of any road warrior out there in the blogging world.

Both of these blogs are being edited by Noel Bautisa and will soon feature other bloggers as well.

Enjoy!

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Major League Blog

One of my loves has always been baseball.

Growing up in the Midwest, I was a fan of the Chicago Cubs. They disappointed me time and time again, but I still saw Wrigley Field as my cathedral.

As I grew up and left my home nest, I moved off to Baltimore and became an Orioles fan. Then I ran off to Cleveland, and finally settled in Boston.

The Red Sox are a team that will steal your heart and lead you to heartbreak time and time again. But not in 2004, when after five years of heartwrenching seasons and playoffs, they finally brought home a new World Series banner.

It was my love of baseball that led us to launch Major League Blog.

Headlined by three great bloggers – Major League Blog already has well over a hundred posts and has attracted a strong base of followers. Along with our other sports channel blog – SportyBlog – we’re looking forward to entertaining sports fans for years to come.

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Farther down the rabit hole

Since all of us got together earlier this year, it’s been our intent to build a world-class blog network alongside a world-class blog consulting agency – and do both with flair.

In many ways, we’ve succeeded – having established ourselves as a category leader in the area of blogging news – and by snagging a few high profile clients and blog networks for our consulting business.

As we came upon our four month anniversary, it has become clear that being bleary-eyed at all hours of the day and trying to be all things to each other – and to our audiences – that we had to take a hard look around and choose a path.

For some of our team, their heart was with the consulting world. The ability to design, to guide others, to create a beautiful blog out of what was a boring WordPress or Movable Type theme – or the joy inherent in helping a client achieve what they set out to do.

For others, their heart was with the creation of news, of building a community, of sharing their passion for blogging and other topics that we cover in the network.

For me, I stick to a famous British playwright’s quote when he said:

Where you go, go with all your heart

So with a mixture of hope and sadness, we announce that our consulting arm, Problogging, along with a few of our sites, will be leaving our network to venture on their own. David Krug, our VP of Sales & Marketing, will go with them to lead this new venture.

As a part of this spinoff, Mobile Herald, Gadzooki, College Happenings, and Poker Moments will move out of our network into the new venture. Going with them will be David’s personal site Jack of All Blogs. Chris Pearson and Ben Bleikamp will move on to the new venture as well.

Matt Craven will remain at BlogMedia as he was before.

We wish David, Chris, and Ben success with Problogging. If you’re looking for great design or help setting up a blog or blog network – look no further than these three!

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biz.erati is reborn as Biziki

Our business blog began its life as a part of our now-absorbed Erati Media division as biz.erati. A few weeks ago, we moved it over to its new home at Biziki, installed a new team of three bloggers. We’ve been quite pleased with the results so far.

The new team of Alex Conde, Brian Yalung, and Katelyn Thomas bring a wealth of business savvy and experience to Biziki.

Alex is a licensed Certified Financial Planner here in the states.

Brian Yalung is an executive and entrepreneur with an emphasis in marketing, business development, and information technology. He’s armed with a master’s in Business Administration and an undergraduate business administration education from two of the top schools in the Phillipines today.

Katelyn Thomas is a small business owner who loves the excitement and challenge of running a business. She currently edits and publishes Cecil Child, a parenting magazine for Cecil County, Maryland.

All three of them are doing a great job dishing out common sense business advice to their readers.

BlogMedia, Inc. acquires 9rules, Inc.

BlogMedia, Inc. has continued the growth of its online services division & blog network by acquiring 9rules, Inc., http://www.9rules.com, from its owners.

This is BlogMedia’s second acquistion of 2006, having earlier acquired The Blog Herald in February.

“9rules is the perfect addition to BlogMedia’s network offerings, ” said BlogMedia Senior Vice President Matt Craven. “The addition of this community to our network brings with it the great creative arts of its members, including beautiful design, great content, and a highly interactive community.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. And yes, this is an April Fool’s Joke.