End of an Era

It is with sadness that I announce the closure of BritBlog: the British Blog Directory.

We’ve had over four years of fun with this project, but after a recent hacking incident and with the constant battle against spammers and spam blogs, I have to admit that I just don’t have the time to put into the project that it needs (and deserves).

Long-time members will be aware that the site has changed little since we went live, and although a great deal of preparation, research and investment went into plans for
a new version of the site (”BritBlog 2.0″ so to speak), I’ve just not been able to find the time to actually put them into action.

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the site a success, especially Nancy, who spent literally hundreds of hours checking out new signups.

Perhaps one day the site will return in a new guise — and I really I hope it does — but in the meantime I’m left with no option but to take it offline.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone. Feel free to discuss this announcement below if you like, or contact me if you need any further information.

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25 Responses to “End of an Era

  • Brennig
    April 23rd, 2008 15:27
    1

    Well…

    The action doesn’t inconvenience me as a blogger but as a blog reader I would use the britblog pool as a means of getting new views, entertainment etc to supplement existing feeds.

    I am sad though because I recognise the amount of effort it took to get britblog up and keep it functioning, and that effort now seems to have been to naught.

    Perhaps there may have been a way forward by delegating certain functionality to a wider community but that may have been considered as not feasible for reasons not known to me.

    So yes, sad.

    But Mark… thanks for all your efforts over the years.

  • Nancy
    April 23rd, 2008 16:58
    2

    I didn’t realise the site had been hacked, it is a shame and I hope the site returns one day in new guise as you said as it was a unique site and really useful for British bloggers or people who wanted to find blogs in Britain.

  • Gary Walsh
    April 24th, 2008 22:55
    3

    Very sorry to hear this news Mark but I do understand the frustration you must feel.

    Would you be prepared to allow access to the BritBlog database, perhaps a pre-existing open source community, or private individual? It would be a great shame not to make use of the work you have done. I’d like to har your views on this.

    Either way Mark. Good luck in all your other ventures and the Best of British to you Sir :D

  • Mark
    April 25th, 2008 17:49
    4

    Thanks guys.

    @Gary, I don’t think I’d be able to open up the database because of the privacy policy we used to have. I guess it would need closer scrutiny with a particular site in mind. If you’d like to discuss this, probably best to do it via email. Cheers.

  • cambridge who's who
    April 25th, 2008 19:51
    5

    While doing online research to promote our News Blog I found your resource highly recommended. It is a shame that you were hacked. Best of Luck in your endeavors.

  • Kay
    April 26th, 2008 10:38
    6

    Sorry to hear of the closure, Mark. I have a couple of blog sites and it probably takes more time to keep all the security things up to date than to write the blogs themselves. What a pain.

    Might you be interested in any collaboration with us? (Please see website in my profile.)

    All the best, Kay.

  • david george
    April 26th, 2008 19:29
    7

    I always feel that things are worth doing regardless of those few who want to play about, ruin and generally take advantage of something that provides a good service (especially as a small organisation in a global world). However I fully understand you position (a number of projects I have been involved in have suffered a similar situation) and regard it all as a terrible shame.
    I really hope that you will be able to re-introduce the BritBlog in some format in the future.
    Thanks for all the work and good luck in whatever your next project is.
    But it is sad.
    Very best regards, david george

  • Devon Dudgeon
    April 28th, 2008 08:54
    8

    Sorry to hear that, and thanks for all the effort you put in over the years.

  • Rich Boakes
    May 1st, 2008 09:54
    9

    … and what of the offspring of britblog, technoranki?

  • Si Philp
    May 5th, 2008 10:29
    10

    Just discovered this announcement while going to update my britblog profile :(
    Hope one day it comes back with a vengance and if there is anything I can do to help don’t hesitate to get in touch :)

  • Richard Boyd
    May 15th, 2008 01:14
    11

    Mark it is a shame that you could not monitise what you had going. It was a useful resource and I feel bad about not doing more in the contribution stakes.

    Good luck and thanks to everyone who put work into the project.

    Rich

  • Caroline
    May 27th, 2008 12:49
    12

    I’m sorry to hear that, it was a fantastic project and resource.
    All the best,
    Caroline

  • Naich
    May 28th, 2008 13:28
    13

    This is sad news but thanks for all the work you’ve done on it over the years. I’ve enjoyed it both as a blogger and as a reader of other people’s blogs.

    Good luck with any future projects.

    Naich.

  • Mark
    May 28th, 2008 13:51
    14

    @Rich Boakes: Not too sure yet… but I may have a plan up my sleeve…

    Thanks to everyone else for the comments. As I said earlier, I didn’t really want to shut the site down, but it needed to happen at that point in time.

    I don’t think it’ll be the end of BritBlog - and with luck it will just be the start of something better! I’ve had quite a lot of interest from businesses interested in taking the project on, and I’ve also been investigating ways that I could resurrect the project myself. “Watch this space” I guess is all I can say at the moment…!

  • Joff
    June 3rd, 2008 13:36
    15

    Gutted. Britblog was great while it lasted!

  • Dave Levy
    June 5th, 2008 08:41
    16

    Shows how up to date I am, only just noticed.

    Hope you find a way to bring it back.

  • Robin
    June 7th, 2008 19:36
    17

    Mark,

    Thank you for all the work you put into running BritBlog. It was unique. Shame you had to shut down. All the best for the future.

  • Martyn
    June 9th, 2008 01:07
    18

    It’s a shame it had to come to an end, I quite enjoyed it as a way to find other uk bloggers when I was starting out.

    It still has a lot of potential… hope to see it make a return.

  • Ralph Thornton
    June 11th, 2008 13:02
    19

    If you ever feel the need to develop a new version or put the old one back online please get in touch Mark - id be more than willing to allow you to use my staff as i think we have lost a brilliant resource here!

  • Graham
    June 28th, 2008 09:56
    20

    Sorry to hear that, but we all know how annoying the spam and hackers can be, It was a good worthwhile venture!

  • TheScaper
    June 29th, 2008 07:28
    21

    I’ve only just seen this! So sorry you had to close as it was a great resource for anyone looking for British blogs.

  • Tim
    July 10th, 2008 08:49
    22

    Sorry about all that - it’s a shame - the site was a really useful resource. Keep us all informed about your plans if you can and thanks again for the work you put into it.

  • Jim
    August 30th, 2008 14:29
    23

    Very sorry to hear about the closure - it was indeed a useful resource - such a shame a few spammers have to ruin it for us all.

  • Adam moos
    September 15th, 2008 19:56
    24

    That’s a real shame. I liked Britblog. I just came here to sumbit my new blog and was met by that message. Good luck to everyone who worked on it.

  • Matt
    March 24th, 2009 23:50
    25

    It is a shame that the site is no longer running. I am sure that many people would be prepared to pay a small amount, say £10 to have a listing on the site. Lots of other blog directory sites are charging $15+ for a listing.

    I hope the site does return again soon.

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