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Bye Bye Blogs: Denton's Gawker No Longer Blog Network

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 19, 2010 at 3:44AM

Nick Denton, the snarky Brit who pioneered successful blogging at the mighty Gawker Media blog network is leaving the format behind, mainly because Gawker has outgrown blog software's limitations. (I must say, a scan of Gawker's entertaining headlines is a reminder of what works on the web.) Finally, giving big stories more play for longer periods of time works better than letting them move down in the ever-refreshing blog feed--and helps to lure the website holy grail: new reader regulars. "The relentless pace of news has overwhelmed the blog format of old. Interesting news gets buried as new headlines flow onto the page," writes Valleywag of the redesign.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Nick Denton, the snarky Brit who pioneered successful blogging at the mighty Gawker Media blog network is leaving the format behind, mainly because Gawker has outgrown blog software's limitations. (I must say, a scan of Gawker's entertaining headlines is a reminder of what works on the web.) Finally, giving big stories more play for longer periods of time works better than letting them move down in the ever-refreshing blog feed--and helps to lure the website holy grail: new reader regulars. "The relentless pace of news has overwhelmed the blog format of old. Interesting news gets buried as new headlines flow onto the page," writes Valleywag of the redesign.

That's one reason why TOH is housed at the busy indieWIRE site, where the top stories can get some front-page play--in fact, indieWIRE is undergoing a facelift to make that even more the case.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.