Gay Blog Blows Up
The Washington Blade has a great article on The Bilerico Project, a group blog that has become the gay Huffington Post. If you have not checked out Bilerico, now is the time to see what all the cool kids are talking about.
I am an associate editor of Bilerico and am quoted in the Blade article.
Bilerico was nominated for 4 major awards this year and named on of the Advocate’s top ten blogs of 2007.
The Bilerico Project was re-launched in July. Since then, Browning said the site has received 388,000 unique page views. He did not have updated numbers on daily visitors to the site, but said Bilerico takes in a modest $500 per month in advertising — an amount he says is growing. One of Browning’s goals for 2008 is to generate enough revenue to pay some of the associate editors and contributors.
“It goes to show that it’s really not all about the money, but that it’s about creating this great space to hash out the political and social issues that are happening right now,” said Michael Crawford, associate editor of the site.
Browning has built his list of contributors, including presidential candidate Bill Richardson and gay Rep. Barney Frank, over a short period.
“I’m really surprised by the power of a polite e-mail,” he said.
Browning and his managing editor, Alex Blaze, handpicked their fellow bloggers. They made a list of the top people they’d like to work with and set out to get them.
“I think content is always key to a blog, and we have really good content,” Browning said. “We go from very, very far left to more centrist … there’s something there for just about everybody.”