I’ve always been a big TechCrunch fan. Not sure the exact date I started reading it, but when I discovered it something clicked in my head and I realized that there was some really cool, cutting-edge stuff happening in the world that I really had no idea about and that all of the sudden there was a place I could go to learn about it. If you’re reading this then you almost certainly already know that Michael Arrington, now a partner at CrunchFund who now blogs over at Uncrunched, founded the massively disruptive and cool TechCrunch back in 2005.
I’ve never met Mike, so I don’t know him personally other than through his writing, but I have to say he’s been a major inspiration for me (especially as I build up DailyTekk). Here’s a guy that started an ultra-successful blog from scratch, sold it and now can do pretty much whatever he wants. But that’s not what inspires me the most per se: I like that Mike isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He uses the internet and his freedom of speech to the upmost and he likes brutal honesty. He’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes in or pick a fight here and there (and doesn’t back down when someone else starts one). Oh ya, I also like that he’s an animal activist (real men are). I know not everyone likes him and that’s fine–they don’t have to.
Over the last couple of days I’ve been digging through the TC archives to see what life was like as a blogger for Mike when he was just getting started and I can really relate to some of his experiences from those early days. While it’s been fascinating, it’s been more than that. It’s been useful to see a pioneer in action, to see what he faced on his own journey. It’s also given me hope that someday DailyTekk can be a widely read (and hopefully respected) resource as well. So, I’d like to share with you some quotes I dug up from Mike on blogging and getting things started and how those words relate to my own experience here on DailyTekk.
A quote from a post titled TechCrunch – After 5 Months:
[quote]I’ve been blogging personally for some time but this was my first attempt to write for an audience larger than my immediate family ...