Torontoist to Close

NotesOne of the little games I play with Google involves search results for toronto blog. I'm in the top three, but I have my hands full with a couple of multiple authored professional blogs. One of those blogs is Torontoist, owned by Gothamist. Gothamist has decided to close Torontoist on January 1, 2009 and concentrate on their more lucrative American sites.

When a local blog relies on money to stay online, closing up shop is always possible during recessionary times. Apparently, it's not just newspapers that are hurting. All forms of media are hurting as advertising money dries up.

I'm sorry to see Torontoist go. We need more local blogs, not less. I enjoyed the organic search competition and referenced the site at least seven times over the years.

I kept my day job, so Toronto Mike will stay online through 2009. Farewell, Torontoist...

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Toronto Mike

Here's a nice message I had in my inbox when I got home from the movies last night.

Mike,

I'm surprised you didn't write about the closure of the Torontoist blog. There's an article about it in todays NOW, as well as some other places.

You're pretty much got the ball when it comes to blogs specifically about Toronto now. BlogTO sucks, so you're the man. It's up to you to make Toronto look good. Good luck.

Oh, and enjoy being at the top of more searches for all things Toronto related.

Cheers,

Jason |GetYourOJ.com

December 19, 2008 @ 5:28 PM

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