One of the most rewarding professional experiences of my life was the time that I spent as a professional blogger with the b5media network. From my first days on the network I was immediately pulled into be a part of the b5 family and it really was a family. So much encouragement, support and challenge from people who really wanted to see you do the best you could do because they knew that was the key for the company to be successful.
During my time at b5 I wrote on up to seven sites concurrently and was regularly pumping out dozens of posts a week and wearing my keyboard out late into the wee hours of the morning.
Eventually things started to change, people moved on and I knew then that the days were numbered. I kept my head down and just kept writing on my sites. Finally that final day came where I and everyone else had their contracts terminated as writers on the network.
Although we’re no longer writing for the network, all of us regularly stay in touch with members of our “family” from all of those great years. It would be very interesting to somehow diagram the b5 network as it existed with all of the sites we wrote for and then link all of those authors with the sites and web properties they’re working on now.
Why this look back and shout-out to all my b5media peeps? Because b5media was recently purchased by Alloy Digital.
Here are some b5 related posts from a few us that share some of the history, good times and bad.
- My interview with b5media – Brian Layman
- Update on Me, b5media, Future Plans - Aaron Brazell
- The Worst Kept Secret: b5media – Jeremy Wright
- Why b5media Doesn’t Have “Big Blogs” (or: playing to niches, giving readers choice) - Jeremy Wright
- Handing Over the Reins at b5media (Or: A Year of Transition) - Jeremy Wright
- The b5ranch at SXSW ’08 in Austin – Jason Bean
- A Busy Blogging Month for Me – Jason Bean
- The End of My b5media Days – Jason Bean