On Monday, February 12, 2013, the folks at Gawker.com took another step forward in their quest to “demolish the walls that separate the conventional wisdom from the truth, the reader from the writer, and the powerful from the curious” by opening up one of their flagship sites to make room for readers who want to be bloggers. If you've ever wanted to see your byline up on the big screen, here's your chance.
Gawker Media, owned by Nick Denton, is a blog network which is considered to be one of the most visible and successful blog-oriented media companies on the Web. It's currently the parent company for eight high-profile blogs: Gawker.com, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Jezebel.
Previously, all bloggers in the network were chosen by Gawker and each of the network bloggers have massive commenting communities.
Gawker is launching their new blogging platform, Kinja 1.0, at Jalopnik, first, because of its strong community and plans to add the platform to their other properties in the very near future. According to yesterday's announcement at Jalopnik, select readers have been beta-testing the site for several months and everything is ready to launch.
Bloggers will receive their own personal blog which will be hosted at yourname.kinja.com. For example, my profile URL is donna-anderson.kinja.com, and clicking on that link would take you to a complete listing of all my blog posts. (Sorry. Nothing there, yet. But there will be!) All blogs will look similar to Gawker's flagship sites and will have all the same publishing tools, including the ability to tag your articles.
Jalopnik is a site for car enthusiasts, but according to the announcement you can also blog about anything you want. “Want to create a blog about Fox Body Fords? Go nuts. Want to create a site devoted to Starfox Cosplay? You're strange, but go ahead and do a barrel roll!”
However, the real benefit is in the following paragraph, taken directly from the Jalopnik announcement:
If you want, you'll also be able to republish articles from our site (and eventually all Gawker sites) and we'll be able to do the same. If we do republish something you created you'll get the byline, the credit, and it'll be clear where it came from.
If you've ever wanted to see your byline up in lights on Gawker or one of their other hugely popular flagship sites, here's your chance. Visit Jalopnik.com and click on the Login link in the upper right corner of the page. Users register with either their Facebook, Twitter or Google + accounts and create their own username.
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