Shawn Blanc’s 2013 Membership Drive  

My friend Shawn announced the 3rd edition of the annual membership drive today:

It’s been two years since I quit my job and began writing as my full-time gig. It’s amazing how vividly I remember being scared out of my wits the morning I announced my intentions to take this site full time. It’s worked out well so far, and I have every intention of continuing.

In a tech blogging scene that’s increasingly filled with negativity, mindless criticism, inaccurate reporting, and an obsession for pageviews over quality, Shawn’s work is refreshing because it’s the complete opposite.

Shawn writes with passion, honesty, and a genuine interest in knowing what’s accurate rather than what’s best for Techmeme. And in spite of somewhat disregarding the “best practices” that other tech blogs follow, Shawn is a writer who has managed to build a successful business.

I have been a subscriber of Shawn’s site for two years not just for the perks (which, by the way, are great) – but also because I believe in the quality of the model he’s using: honesty, quality writing, and hard work.

Shawn is a good friend, and you should subscribe.


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