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Blogging Matters: BlogRush has Shut Down

BlogRush [1], a free service that provided a means to network out blog postings to other sites with similar topics, has shut down.

[2]John Reese started the service to helps sites like ours get more traffic.  Although we certainly did see a small increase in traffic, our interest in the service here at TCR was in providing easy access for our readers to other resources on the internet that spoke to political topics.

While we certainly have other channels that provide access to the world of political debate, we’re disappointed to see John shut down BlogRush.  He did not make any money at it, and wasn’t focused on that as much as providing a quality service.  Evidently, the reasons for shutting down the service (found here [1]) were related to issues around generating adequate traffic between sites and managing gaming and quality issues.

Sites like TCR run on a shoestring, and services like BlogRush are always an opportunity to improve what we do to provide great content to our readers.  People like John Reese step out and try big ideas which sometimes take off, and other times don’t survive.  As John said in his letter:

I hope the failure of this service doesn’t in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from “going for it” to just try and see if something will work. Without trying there can be no success. And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action. The Web wouldn’t be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

Thanks, John for the great service, and I hope the next idea takes you further!

Addendum: Bit

Indeed. I’m still getting hits from various sites that picked up their refeed. It was a great idea.