Eric Olsen is the founder and publisher of BlogCritics.org, the website where a â€śsinister cabal of bloggersâ€ť roams and analyzes and reviews and pontificates. During a long and expansive conversation with Eric, we discussed the concept behind BlogCritics and where the futureâ€™s headed for the popular website and for the blogosphere at large. We also found time to delve into whether or not itâ€™s possible to talk politics on the Internet, and where Michael Jacksonâ€™s career might be headed.
Please find excerpts from the first part of the interview below. To listen to the full first hour of the interview, make your way to Dumpster Bust Radio: Podcast #9.
Look for Part II of the interview soon.
Eric Berlin: What is BlogCritics.org?
Eric Olsen: BlogCritics is a collective of over 1,000 writers. Each of those people have their own [web] sites and their motivation for participating is that we â€“ in nearly every case â€“ have considerably more traffic and higher search engine rank. We are a Google News source and contribute reviews to the Advance family of sites, which is 10 sites that are affiliated with the major local newspaper in 10 different markets.
You add all that up, and for writers that want to get at a new and larger group of readers, weâ€™re a good source for that.
Whatâ€™s the unique draw on the Internet for people to visit BlogCritics.org?
Itâ€™s a general interest Web-magazine that happens to be written by bloggers. It is also a very fine microcosm of the blogosphere because of the large group of writers who we are drawing from. It functions something like a pyramid, where the best really does rise to the top.
Over three years, weâ€™ve gotten better and better. The writers have gotten better and better. I think weâ€™re one of the better sources for news and information, opinion, reviews, and simply entertaining writing on the Internet. We have a very high volume â€“ as much as many news services. We have in fact become a news service â€“ thatâ€™s why Google News wants us.