Friday, November 14, 2008

Sweet Farewell For Blogrush

.....Have you heard about Blogrush? In case not, let me first introduce it for you. Blogrush is a website that gives traffic to lots of blog nationwide. No need for manual processes because it's just a widget away. All posts are being syndicated worldwide letting blog posts to be read all around the world. Now, enough for the introduction. Let me dig down a little bit deeper.

.....Blogrush is now being terminated by its developers due to some reasonable purposes. Here's the message that they left to their website:


.....After careful consideration, we have decided to shutdown the BlogRush service. If you have the widget code on your blog you will need to remove it.

.....When BlogRush launched in late-2007 it spread like wildfire all over the Web. Thousands of bloggers were talking about it and the service exploded to become one of the fastest growing free services in the history of the Web. During the first year of the service it successfully served 3.4 Billion blog post headlines and the BlogRush widget could be found on blogs all over the world; even up until the moment we closed down the service.

.....BlogRush didn't grow without its fair share of problems -- from security issues to abusive users trying to 'game' the system to much lower click-rates than expected. We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go. All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service's full potential.

.....Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs. This was our primary focus. Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else. BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue. We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later. Unfortunately, the service didn't work out like we had hoped. (It happens.)

.....I want to say "Thank You" to all of the great bloggers that at least gave BlogRush a test to see if it would work for them. We sincerely appreciate you giving the service a try.

.....We have received several offers & inquiries about acquiring BlogRush, but we are choosing not to go that route. While many might think this is crazy, we truly feel it's the 'right' thing to do for our users. Believe it or not, it's not always about the money. In fact, BlogRush will have lost a small fortune when it's all said and done, and it was by choice. There were many things we could have done to monetize the service but we wanted to make sure it was going to benefit our users first.

.....Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn't in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from "going for it" to just try and see if something will work. Without trying there can be no success. And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action. The Web wouldn't be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

.....On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.


John Reese


.....I never expected Blogrush to meet its downfall that soon but then what can we do, it happened. As what people says "Nothing is permanent in this world." I agree on that and I will never blame its developers for a sudden termination. After all, I have a lot of reasons to thank them for creating Blogrush and for putting it part of history.

.....My view about John Reese's message is simple, it's filled with leadership. Why? Simply because it tells us about the team's effort in maintaining the site even though problems arises everywhere; Sufferings and sacrifices that were exerted fully; And courageousness to fulfill ideas even though it came from one's crazy ideas. It even caught my attention when John tries to challenge everyone to think of crazy ideas because from my point of view, thinking wild ideas can give us new and exciting results and those results may only be experienced if we take one step higher. What step am I pertaining? Implementation.

.....In conclusion, I would like to thank the entire team of Blogrush for a job well done. I'm hoping that you will continue to prosper the success of your creative thinking ("crazy ideas" as you call it).

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