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Jousting Between Blog Icons Continues February 8, 2006

Posted by webwonk in Blogging.

Jason Calcanis of Weblogs Inc. and Nick Denton of Gawker Media were the first blog network moguls, and have long had an (apparently) friendly rivalry that celebrated their different approaches to blogging for bucks. Jason went for many blogs in AdSense-relevant niches and then sold to AOL. Nick focused on a smaller number of blogs with a distinctive snarky voice, and has insisted he has no intention of selling. Jason was always skeptical of Nick’s allleged independence, perhaps because some folks (although not me) find the distinction relevant to their blogosphere cred.

Now it seems Jason is finally convinced that Nick has no intention of selling. The reason? The newest Gawker Media blog, ValleyWag, which has scorched Silicon Valley with insider gossip of the Internet economy’s rich and powerful. “Watching Valleywag alienate 90% of the industry over the past couple of days in such a personal and vicious way, Nick’s convinced me that he could really care less,” Jason writes on his weblog. To which Nick quickly responds with the first comment: “Jason, that’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever written.”   



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