Monday was my last day at TechCrunch, after more than four years and 4,000 posts. This blog is my new home on the Web. I’m keeping it simple. Just a WordPress blog where I will write about startups, technology, and media.
This is a personal blog. It is not a professional news site. I don’t plan to hire any other writers. I don’t even expect it to be my main project (but it is the first one I can share publicly). It will be personal in that I will be writing more for myself than to please readers, but if I please some of you along the way, all the better. I will use it to work through some ideas about media and technology, and as a sounding board, which I hope will inform other projects.
In a way, I am returning to blogging’s personal roots. But on the internet, the personal is very public, which is what originally made blogging interesting. Some of that got lost along the way as blogs became news sites. (Yes, I am partly to blame for that). News sites operate by their own logic which is hard to escape.
I won’t be chasing news here, although I might break some now and then. I am going to write about things I care about. Maybe some of you will care about them as well. What makes a good startup? Where is the nexus of mobile and social? What happens to media in a post-PC, post-TV world?
This will be my TechStream (the sub-title of this blog) because for me media and technology flow together. Over the past few years, media has become dominated by realtime streams—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so on. Media is increasingly consumed as streams of information. Also, more generally, here is where I will publish my stream of thoughts on tech.
No pressure, no deadlines, no noise. All signal.
Photo credit: Audrey
I look forward to your posts on here and as great things come your way Erick.
Max Woolf, the Zelig of tech blog commenters. Nice to see you here!
He is Mike. We know your commentator alias Mr. Arrington. :p
Sounds like a good direction to start in Erick.
Welcome back to the world of personal blogging! I can’t believe it was only four years ago that we last spoke, just as you were announcing the end of your old blog and joining TechCrunch.
Good stuff Erick. Did you feel a little caged in in terms of how you could express your views and opinions at TC. I bet this new project will offer some liberation and inspire creativity. Been reading you work for years. Good luck!
Like some replied earlier, welcome back the freedom of personal blogging the true sence of what blogs should be.
Can’t wait to hear what you do next.
RSS feed totally doesen’t work. Can you fix that?
Right on, Erick! It pleases this reader to hear you’ll be writing more for your self than us, who you’ll wind up pleasing anyway; when a thoughtful writer writes what he really cares about, readers typically connect as well – a win-win, to be sure. Congrats, man.
Congrats on your personal endeavor! Exciting to see what you write about…
Good Luck with all the new projects Erick!
Enjoy rediscovering your true passion!
Goodluck Erick. Look forward to your next adventure!
The analytical, honest and unleashed Erick will be awesome to read.
Chapter X. Welcome. Looking forward to your posts Erick.
May I suggest you use a higher-resolution photo at the top? The one you have gets quite pixelated at larger sizes.
Erick – Godspeed!
When we were selected as a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist, we had a great opportunity to work with you and Heather (for no particular reason beyond crazy schedules, we never crossed paths with Mike). Both of you were class acts that made the entire experience a great one that we still reap rewards from. For that, we’ll always be appreciative. I have zero doubt that you and Heather have a great future ahead. I’ll look forward to hearing what it is.
Good luck on whatever life holds in store for you next. Keep on crunchin’!
We had some good times, Erick. Some bad times, too, but mostly good ones.
Truth. The first four years were particularly good.
Hey, your first post was Freshly Pressed, that can’t be a bad start, right!
Wow! Your first post was freshly pressed amazing 🙂
Hi Erik …I look forward to read gr8 stuff from your blog 🙂 Cheers
And please check out my latest post on love – http://raajtram.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/let-the-time-decide/
I found you in freshly pressed and your post sound interesting…I will follow for curiosity.
looking forward to reading the new chapter of you’re adventures!
Thanks for going back to your roots. It will be a pleasure to read what you personally feel like writing.
It’s nice that WP recongnized your TECH CRUNCH efforts of past, and featured you on their Freshly Pressed page. Deserving.
Good luck with your next endeavors Erick from the entire team at LaunchSquad. We’ve enjoyed working with you over the years, even if the feeling wasn’t always mutual! Looking forward to seeing what you do next.
Great word – appreciate the appreciation for blogging purity!
Looking forward to reading more. I like your honesty.
Change is always difficult irrespective of circumstances around it, but it can also be liberating whilst nerve racking and still a lot of fun. Good luck with the change and wow, freshly pressed on post no. 1. Kudos! Looking forward to seeing more posts from you…
Keep on keepin’ on. Good luck with whatever’s next
Looking forward to reading more. Cheers!
Will you please enlighten us all?
Welcome to WP. Go forth and conquer the great Blue Nowhere! – Cheers, MoSop
Welcome Ercik! I hope you find your digs a lot more relaxing. There are all kinds of places to roam and people to meet. I love it here!
Erick: We’ll look forward to more great work from you both with your personal blog and any upcoming professional foray’s. Take a deep breath of the fresh air and enjoy it!
Best wishes on your new endeavor.
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Best Wishes, believe you will be successful in your writing and career.
Thanks share nice information.
I look forward to reading more of your work here 🙂 Best wishes!
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Love your thought processes 🙂