You might have noticed the bar at the top of my blog, the one that begins with Grand Effect. I was approached some time ago by Sarah if I wanted to be a co-founder of a new blog network called Grand Effect, which would start out with a few blogs in February. I liked the idea from the beginning and decided to join the blog network.
Grand Effect is mainly used to promote the blogs of the network and will grow over time. It will never be a blog network with hundreds of websites, at least that's not in the plans that we have with that network. I would not rule it out completely though.
All four of these are well established tech related blogs but each one of them is pretty unique in itself.
Update: I have left Grand Effect after being a member for a while. Not necessarily because I think it was a bad idea to start with, but it felt like it was going nowhere. Plus, I did not really like the idea of having to display a toolbar at the top of the page all the time.
Things have changed a bit over at Grand Effect in recent time. The blog network is now host to nine different blogs, all written and maintained by excellent bloggers and journalists. I suggest you check it out nevertheless, as you may discover new blogs that you like to follow more closely. Of the five starting blogs, only two are still with the network, and one of them is Sarah's own blog.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.