A catch phrase will go here soon.

Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging.

7/11/2008

NOTE: Yes I’ve stopped blogging, but you can find my commentary/blog posts on my private mailing list now, Jason’s List, here:
https://my.binhost.com/lists/listinfo/jason

(Note: use your real name and a real email address. I only approve folks with real names).

“It’s with a heavy heart, and much consideration, that today I would like to announce my retirement from blogging.”
Jason McCabe Calacanis, July 11th 2008.

This was an extremely difficult decision, and I haven’t made it lightly. After five years I’m not sure I know any other way of being but the blog, but at some point you have to hang it up. I know that I had made the right decision for me and my family. I am very proud of the success that we have had in blogging and I leave the game with few regrets.

To be sure, I am going to miss blogging. I am going to miss the relationships with my fellow bloggers. I am going to miss the readers. I am going to miss the great friends that I have made over this time. I am going to miss all the good times that we have had together. But most of all, I am going to miss the comments.*

Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been linked to from so many blogs over the five years, and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.**

Calacanis PR rep: At this point Mr. Calacanis will take a couple of questions (you can post to the comment if you like).

“What now?” Saul Hansell, New York Times:

Starting today all of my thoughts will be reserved for a new medium. Something smaller, something more intimate, and something very personal: an email list. Today the email list has about 600 members, I’m going to cut it off when it reaches 750. Frankly, that’s enough more than enough people to have a conversation with. I’m going to try and build a deeper relationship with fewer people–try to get back to my roots.

“Why now?” Allen Stern, Center Networks.

That’s complicated as they say on Facebook. Let’s me try and explain my thinking.

First, please don’t take this as a condemnation of blogging. I love blogs and always will. However, I’ve done my part and I’m looking to strip it down. I’m looking for something more acoustic, something more authentic and something more private. Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it.

The “a-list” pressure, the TechMeme leaderboard debates, and constant accusations of link-baiting are now too much of a distraction. I’ve never link-baited in my entire career–I just spoke from the heart for better or worse. If people want to say honesty is link-baiting fine–that’s on them, not me. If they want to turn link-baiting into a science and dissect every detail of my posts in order to reverse engineering that’s fine, but it wont work. Link-baiting doesn’t exist to me, so trying to figure out how it’s done is a fool’s errand.

Today the blogosphere is so charged, so polarized, and so filled with haters hating that it’s simply not worth it. I’d rather watch from the sidelines and be involved in a smaller, more personal, conversation.

“Will you come out of retirement at some point?”
Clark Kent, Daily Planet

No. Absolutely not. This is not a Michael Jordan or Jay-Z ploy. I’m done. It’s not over one instance, and it’s not because–give me a minute [editor's note: Calacanis looked down, fighting back his emotions]–I can’t handle the pressures of being an A-list blogger. This is a very personal choice that I’ve discussed with my family, and it’s the direction we want to go. I’ve done blogging and now it’s time for the next chapter.

“If you would change anything over your career would you?”
Brian Williams, NBC

Not that I can think of. Well, maybe I wouldn’t have published that story on YouTube not being a real business, or maybe I wouldn’t have wasted the energy on destroying PayPerPost… but you know, that’s all hindsight and I live in the moment for better or worse. I never said I was perfect [audience laughs]… you did.

[Williams: an even bigger laugh from the audience. Cameras flash, Calacanis hugs some associates including Brian Alvey, Peter Rojas, Mark Cuban, and Jon Miller before leaving the stage--his face in his hand to cover the tears. I can say personally I've experienced few things this emotional in 35 years of broadcasting.].

Calacanis PR rep: Thank you folks, that’s all we have time for. We would like to ask you to respect the privacy of Jason and his family, especially his bulldogs Taurus and Fondue who are very young and not used to this level of media attention. Mr. Calacanis would like to have some private time and this moment. We will be providing transcripts and photos following this event.

* Special thanks to Dan Marino for the inspiration.
** Special thanks to Lou Gehrig for the inspiration.

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    [...] CalacanisWho doesn’t blog anymore. posts a screenshot of the New York Times home page with a huge Apple advertisement displaying. One [...]

  • http://jungleg.com/2008/07/18/do-you-really-want-to-start-blogging/ Do You Really Want to Start Blogging? – Thoughts on social media, the web and technology – jungleG

    [...] Fred Wilson, one of my favorite bloggers, has a great post about the announcement by several influential writers to slow down or completely stop blogging (including Robert Scoble and Jason Calacanis). [...]

  • http://staccato41.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/is-the-resession-hitting-bloggers/ Is the resession hitting bloggers? « Staccato41’s Blog

    [...] the limitations of the blog, and its short life expectancy are summed up here in this U.S. blogger’s retirement [...]

  • http://www.rudids.com/personal/welcome-to-the-house-of-fun-why-dont-you-come-and-play/ Welcome to the house of fun, why don’t you come and play | Rudi de Sousa

    [...] I am maybe joining at a time when blogging may have just passed it’s expiration date and that more and more people are now (or were) convinced that micro-blogging is the way of the [...]

  • http://worldcity.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/blogging/ Blogging, το Auto DaFe του δημοσίου λόγου; « La Ivolution – non commercial

    [...] McCabe Calacanis: “Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging” Χερτ Λόβινκ “Η υπερεκτιμημένη κουλτούρα του [...]

  • http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/20/hey-twitter-heres-a-way-to-call-jasons-bluff-and-maybe-fight-breast-cancer/ Hey Twitter, Here’s A Way To Call Jason’s Bluff And Maybe Fight Breast Cancer

    [...] Sequoia-funded Mahalo), but he’s one of the best self promoters on the Internet. He famously shut down his blog, but somehow he’s now running it again with thousands more followers, for example. And more [...]

  • http://www.thefaredge.com/?p=1385 The Far Edge » Blog Archive » Hey Twitter, Here’s A Way To Call Jason’s Bluff And Maybe Fight Breast Cancer

    [...] Sequoia-funded Mahalo), but he’s one of the best self promoters on the Internet. He famously shut down his blog, but somehow he’s now running it again with thousands more followers, for example. And more [...]

  • http://jp.techcrunch.com/archives/20090320hey-twitter-heres-a-way-to-call-jasons-bluff-and-maybe-fight-breast-cancer/ 乳ガン撲滅支援の大義の下、TwitterにはJasonのブラフにコールするチャンスが訪れた

    [...] TechCrunchはJason Calacanisが大好きだ。それでTechCrunch50というスタートアップのためのイベントで協力をお願いしたりもしている。大好きな理由は彼が実績のある起業家(Weblogs Inc.をAOLに売却し、今はSequoiaの出資するMahaloを経営している)だからというだけではなく、インターネット上で最もすぐれた自己プロモーションを行う人物だからでもある。彼は衆目を集めつつブログを閉鎖して、そしていつの間にやらまた開設して、何千もの読者を集めるようなことをしている。さらにごく最近は、Twitterでのフォロー推奨アカウントリストに掲載してくれるなら二年で250,000ドルを払うと発言して注目を集めた。 [...]

  • http://startwerk.ch/2009/04/06/startup-blogs-schreib-krise/ Startup-Blogs: Schreib-Krise? » startwerk.ch

    [...] schreibt er heute ellenlange Abhandlungen in seinem Email-Newsletter. Der Grund? Die Konversation sei zu umfangreich geworden, die Blogs und ihr Publikum zu gross für eine echte Diskussion – und deshalb hat er auf Email [...]

  • http://blog.ztail.com/?p=26 Ztail » Blog Archive » Where have we been?

    [...] ask? Where did we go? Well, it’s not like we were the king of blogging,  I also heard that blogging was dead, but that isn’t it. We’ve been [...]

  • http://thefuturebuzz.com/2009/04/17/value-of-your-network/ The Real Value Of Your Network: Engagement Trumps Numbers

    [...] an invite-only network called Triibes.  Jason Calacanis decided to stop blogging altogether and create an email list to build more intimiate, private connections with his network.  In both cases, these people were [...]

  • http://pimp.newsletterindustry.com/2008/10/21/get-a-deeper-level-of-interaction-with-your-audience/ Newsletter Industry » Blog Archive » Get A Deeper Level Of Interaction With Your Audience

    [...] will be drive-by users coming from search engine traffic. Starting a newsletter was the reason Jason Calacanis quit blogging, and my friend Loren of 1938 Media also started an email list with exclusive content. (both of [...]

  • http://newmediatrends.fdim.dk/2009/05/facebook-killed-the-blog.html New Media Trends » Facebook killed the blog

    [...] it, as Jason Calacanis said when he officially retired from blogging almost a year ago: ”I love blogs and always will. However, I’ve done my part and I’m [...]

  • http://momgrind.com/2009/05/04/bloggers-who-quit/ Bloggers Who Quit |

    [...] Jason Calacanis “I’m looking for something more acoustic, something more authentic and something more private. Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it. The “a-list” pressure, the TechMeme leaderboard debates, and constant accusations of link-baiting are now too much of a distraction… the blogosphere is so charged, so polarized, and so filled with haters that it’s simply not worth it. I’d rather watch from the sidelines and be involved in a smaller, more personal, conversation.” [...]

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    not longer – maybe stronger
    bloging or not bloging…

  • http://www.newcommbiz.com/blogger-burnout-give-up-or-dig-in/ New Comm Biz » Blogger burnout? Give up or dig in.

    [...] you read many blogs you’ll notice a general theme. It started with the A-listers and is echoing through the second tier. (of course this theme goes back a long [...]

  • http://stage.mikesheetal.com/2008/07/13/ghosts-in-the-sns-machine/ Mike Sheetal » Blog Archive » Ghosts in the SNS machine

    [...] it is time that we stopped trying to talk to everyone (as pro-blogger Jason Calacanis has pledged to do recently), and concentrate on talking to the few important ones. The social capacities of the internet have [...]

  • http://woollydays.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/the-last-post-and-chorus/ The last post and chorus « Woolly Days

    [...] himself linked to another high profile blogger who had called it quits. Weblogs network owner Jason Calacanis also announced his retirement from blogging in 2008 despite professing to love the craft. Blogging [...]

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    Nice, love your articles. Just favd your site :)

  • http://mactechworld.com/done/ Done! | The Apple Tech Blog

    [...] you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet BoxLike Jason Calacanis I’ve been thinking about retiring from blogging for a [...]

  • http://www.paulcarr.com/comments-closed/ You may very well think that, but comments are now closed. – Paul Carr: Bringing Nothing To The Party

    [...] Calacanis – co-founder of Weblogs (Inc) which sold to AOL for $30million – has quit blogging. Or more specifically, he has decided to stop publicly blogging and instead to send out a kind of [...]

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Hello, my name is Jason. Welcome to my blog on the interwebs. You can reach me on twitter @jason and by email at jason@inside.com. My Skype is jasoncalacanis, and my mobile phone is 310-456-4900.

I only pick up numbers I recognize, and in terms of emailing me, the best strategy is to write short, blunt and to the point requests. I can quickly respond to short messages, and many times I simply don't have the time to read five page pitches. In terms of taking meetings, I only do that after reviewing an actual product (not a business plan). So, the best time to ping me is when you have mockups or an alpha site. I don't read business plans, and I've never written one.

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