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Is Michael Arrington on his way out of TechCrunch?

Filed under: Weblogs — Hogg @ 6:57 pm

Has anyone else noticed that Michael Arrington is slowly weeding himself out of TechCrunch?

Without much mention (that I saw anyways) Mr. Arrington has begun to pass much of the post writing responsibility to Marshall Kirkpatrick with (by my count) Kirkpatrick writing 20 of the last 30 posts in a little over a week.

Don’t get me wrong, Kirkpatrick is a good blogger/writer. I just find it interesting that only a little more than a year after the blog’s inception, Arrington is slowly beginning to step out of the writing role in the blog he made a superpower in the blogosphere and obtained by today’s count 76,310 readers.

Does anyone have any ideas why this is happening? I just feel as though it’s not right for a blogger to not be a blogger but still call himself a blogger. I do realize that Arrington does still contribute to the blog in more ways than the general public realizes despite his decreasing number of posts. But, if Kirkpatrick is doing twice as much writing as Arrington, shouldn’t it be Kirkpatrick’s blog with sidekick Arrington?

From my experience, people subscribe to a blog because of its writer. Any Joe Schmoe could look around and find new web apps and write about them. But there’s a reason that that guy has 14 Feedburner subscribers while Arrington has over 76,000. What would happen to Scobleizer or Scripting News if Scoble and Winer stopped writing their respective blogs? Would they still be Scobleizer and Scripting News?

Again, I don’t know all of what Arrington does that I don’t see, but I just don’t like that he claims to write a blog when he’s only doing a third of the writing. Perhaps Arrington has other plans up his sleeve and his days at TechCrunch are numbered. Perhaps not. Unless Mr. Arrington tells us himself, we can only speculate.

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  1. Thank you very much for the kind words about my writing. You did forget to mention how handsome and charming I am, though! 🙂

    Mike is a great guy and I’m sure he’ll post something soon about my role at TechCrunch. Thank you for your concern. In the mean time I will do my best (as will Mike I’m sure) to satiate what I’m sure is your voracious appetite for TechCrunch blog posts. Be well – Marshall

    Comment by Marshall — 07.5.06 @ 7:28 pm

  2. I did notice that! But, TechCrunch is more of a brand now…I think even if Arrington bowed out the content would still rock.

    Comment by Sarah — 07.6.06 @ 8:11 pm

  3. Well I am co writing/translating for the french version of techcrunch. Mickael Arrington is actually supervising a lot of other stuff like talkcrunch or crunchnotes. Recently we saw the japanese version. Should he gradually tranfer his writing role to someone else Marshall was THE one to choose.

    Comment by Guillaumeb — 07.8.06 @ 4:43 am

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