Some of you may remember that I was scheduled to speak at SxSW in Austin, TX a few weeks ago. My panel, Independent Success: Bloggers Who Made It, also included Jill Fehrenbacher Publisher/CEO of Inhabitat,Ken Fisher, Editor-in-Chief of Ars Technica,Monish Bhatia Executive Publisher of, and was moderated by Federated Media‘s Neil Chase.

Here are some photos that audience members took. I'm third from the right.


The audience.

  • Independent Success: Bloggers Who Made It
  • Tuesday, March 11th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Room A
  • What makes a blog a success?Not the famous giant "here's $100 million for your startup" kind ofsuccess, but a business that's big enough to let the founders do whatthey intended, remain independent and provide great editorial qualityand strong communities online. Meet four publishers who've done justthat in diverse topic areas: Tech, Autos, Design, Celebrities. We'lldig into why they're successful, pry secret tips out of them, hearabout their failures along the way and try to use their experiences tobuild a recipe for guaranteed success. Or at least a way to improve thechances. These four have been at it for years (two of them for a decadenow) so they've learned plenty of lessons.