News came down yesterday the excellent blog exchange service, BlogExplosion is up for sale and with that announcement, the blogging world implodes to never be the same again.
I have written a lot about BlogExplosion on this Urban Semiotic blog and here are some of my favorite posts from the past few months:
Ten Thousand and Counting
My Blog is Exploding
Building Blog Explosion Traffic
Why Do You Blog?
Blog Ad Banners…
How NOT to Write a Blog
I’ve never been shy to share with you my BlogExplosion stats, and here they are as of this moment on this day:

Blog Explosion Final Tally


There has never been any doubt that BlogExplosion was “Da Big Dawg” in
the blog universe and their service always delivered new eyes here and
I loved surfing their service to read lots of other blogs. I made a lot
of friends I didn’t know I had while surfing BlogExplosion member
sites.

I realize I’m writing about BlogExplosion as if it is dead — but it is
dead because the passion for the service will die when the pioneer
owners collect their booty from their imploding fire sale and move on
to richer horizons — while the rest of us are left behind to suffer
the “ifs and buts” of a new monolithic MegaMoney owner. “It’s dead,
Jim.”

The BlogExplosion owners, Thomas and Jeff, were stand-up guys who knew
how to do the right thing. They were quick to offer me expert advice
and friendship. Those two knew blogging isn’t about advertising or
coding — blogging is about building relationships between people who
don’t know they share the same belief sets until they bump into each
other via their service. Jeff and Thomas were visionaries who, in the
end, were only making a little more than $4,000.00 USD a month for
their gigantic effort.

You can’t sustain a dream on that kind of paltry
income, let alone a burgeoning business. I hope they both make millions
on the sale.
I wish Thomas and Jeff well. I miss them already.

27 Comments

  1. That’s big news! The best blog exchange on the net, after a lot of recent development, has suddenly had the wind taken from its sails.
    I’m not sure what will happen in the future. I hope it will continue to thrive because it’s a great source of new blogs for me to surf and it helps establish links to similar content, etc.
    -Fruey

  2. Hi fruey!
    Yeah, it is big, depressing, stinky news!
    😀
    I find it hard to believe the new conglomerate owner will have the gumption and innovation to keep the service alive and swift and kicking.
    BlogExplosion will likely be suspended in its current amber and the rest of us will mourn the good ‘ole days when every week brought a new delight.

  3. David
    I just read that on their site, I hope they do well out of the sale. Hopefully new owners will not try and recoup the sales price by trying to charge membership fees. We’ll see.
    I have enjoyed surfing BE and found a lot of great blogs. I found yours there, kept seeing all your banners and decided I needed to click through a few and check you out. Glad I did (I shave a lot closer now for one thing!)
    Been looking at Blogmad which is still in Beta and be interesting if this service becomes as widely used as BE is.
    Mik

  4. Hi Mik!
    I think monthly membership fees would certainly be a necessary part of the new BE owner’s plan in order to guarantee a level of predictable income from members.
    Thanks for letting me know you found us here via BE. That’s good to know! We are always happy to supply you with all your shaving needs.
    :mrgreen:
    Blogmad might be good. Paul, one of our commenters here, is heading up Blogmad — he’s had a lot of success on the web by building sites and selling them so I anticipate Blogmad to be really good for awhile as membership grows and then, it too, will implode just like BE in a subsequent sale to another mega-company looking to expand their venture capital portfolio while the rest of us suffer for the sales effort.

  5. Perhaps we should get a group of people who are active here and try to buy it from the pair. Perhaps we couldn’t produce the same type of money they might get somewhere else, but it might be worth it to keep their vision alive. I’m in!

  6. Hell yeah David! BlogMad has a surf ratio of 1:1 (so for each blog you vist, you get 1 hit. On BE, you need to visit 2 blogs to get a hit). Also, there’s much more games and much more Ajax.
    I was banned following a long series of disputes.

  7. “Blogmad might be good. Paul, one of our commenters here, is heading up Blogmad — he’s had a lot of success on the web by building sites and selling them so I anticipate Blogmad to be really good for awhile as membership grows and then, it too, will implode just like BE in a subsequent sale to another mega-company looking to expand their venture capital portfolio while the rest of us suffer for the sales effort.”
    If I may correct that.
    I have _NEVER_ sold a website 🙂
    I did however sign over a portion of a large site a few years ago because of the inability to cope with the demands and created a new union with who are my partners today. that has now led to the success of websites such as http://www.vault9.net ( top 500 blog )
    I have no intention of selling blogmad. my paltry 25% says so 😛
    We are not in this to sell out.
    As long as there be blogs, there’ll be blogmad and I’ll be somewhere in the picture. I am not a sell out 😛
    Guaranteed

  8. Hi Paul/The Borg —
    Okay, I stand corrected and thanks for setting the record straight. I remember or conversation differently but I defer to your current comment.
    😀
    Now you guys need to fix your signup process so those who want to get in can get in!
    :mrgreen:

  9. Hi David
    You have seen what we have accomplished with BE and our dedication to making BE a great site for bloggers.
    But.. You know when it’s time to go. We have done everything I think possible to take BE to the best place we could and proud of what we have accomplished.
    I think we are tired out, I think the batteries are dead here and we need new challenges to keep us motivated. Is there anything wrong with that?
    Selling out? I don’t think so and I resent the implications Paul.. Do you guys scour the net and comment whenever BE is mentioned? Seems like it..
    I think BlogMad has a bunch of issues that need to be addressed rather than looking around the net and badmouthing our site (while chatting up BM at the same time.) I call that spamming if you ask my definition of spamming.. I could explain how easy your surfbar is to cheat with a simple emulator program, but you will find that out soon enough — Or your members will… Paul you will do well concentrating on BM right now.
    Joe the reason you were banned was because of just that.
    Coming into our SB and constantly saying how BE sucked. Leaving nasty comments whenever you could. Deny it or whatever you want, but we both know why…
    We should accept that? You were warned and you still came back and did the same thing…
    Heck Joe I still have to delete your comments on our blog. Just like finding this post you continue to essentially spam blogs out there.
    Thank-you David for always being such a fantastic member. I have always enjoyed your blog and it was people like you who made it all the worthwhile.
    Jeff
    co-owner BlogExplosion.com

  10. Hi Jeff!
    Aw, gee! I had no idea there was so much going on behind the scenes in the blog promotion game! What an education you gave me!
    There is no doubt BlogExplosion is a historic idea and I have always loved your design taste. Your site is beautiful to experience.
    There’s nothing wrong with moving on — we’re just expressing feelings of abandonment and wanting, that’s all!
    😀
    Thanks for the kind words, Jeff, you guys have always been good and responsive to me and I wish you both all the best as you move forward and I’m sure all the hard feelings that were created in this blog exchange wake will one day subside and everyone will look back on this time as a golden moment in their lives when every opportunity meant happiness and hope for the future.