Back when Important Media (the network CleanTechnica is a part of) was started, the idea was primarily that the customers would be the writers. The network (which was actually called Green Options Media, or GO Media, for a few years) would handle web hosting, website design, other website management items, etc. Writers wouldn’t have to worry about that, would have a joint platform for writing about topics they were passionate about, and would have an attentive community ready to engage and share their content.
It was a rather similar idea to what’s now done on Medium, and I think it’s similar to how progressive politics site Daily Kos is run, but I haven’t dug in enough to know for sure.
Different sites in our network ended up growing and evolving in different ways and each of them basically ended up taking one of two paths — 1) becoming more of a typical media outlet (like CleanTechnica) or 2) becoming more of a resource site with limited regular publishing.
With so much interest now in electric vehicles, so much room for a large variety of consumer opinions and analyses, and so many wonderful discussions down in the comment threads under CleanTechnica articles, it struck me this week to get back to our core roots and turn EV Obsession into a platform similar to what the founder of CleanTechnica originally envisioned. (Note: I didn’t found CleanTechnica, and didn’t even know about it until one or two years after it was launched, but I did found EV Obsession.)
Many of you really have an impressive depth of experience regarding electric vehicles, have conducted a tremendous amount of research regarding electric vehicles, have formed a superb understanding of electric vehicles and the EV market, and have highly valuable perspectives on all sorts of electric vehicle matters. I often think it’s a shame you aren’t sharing your comments as full articles (long or short) and moderating your own discussion threads in response to them. So, I thought, why not give you that platform!
The deal is pretty simple:
1. I’ll turn EVObsession.com into a much more open, unfiltered EV website.
2. Anyone who wants to publish there can be added to the website. (Of course, if you end up being a spammer or such, you’ll get booted, but I doubt you’re a spammer. :D)
3. Aside from you all being able to publish on EV Obsession, I imagine I will also find plenty of articles there that seem like they should be published on CleanTechnica as well. In such cases, I’ll roll your articles in as I do with our normal paid content and you’ll have an even bigger microphone for your thoughts — assuming you like the deal. (Of course, there’s a limit to how much I can do this since we don’t have an infinite pot of money, but I assume that limit will expand over time.)
If you want to jump on the EV Obsession electric train, just shoot me an email (email@example.com) with the subject line “I’m obsessed!“
… Taking it one step further, I know many of our writers have passionate interests that go far beyond electric vehicles — especially concerning other green matters as well as progressive social and political matters. As such, if you want to run through the same doorway but more broadly, I’m opening up Planetsave.com for that as well. Again, just drop me an email with the same subject line above — “I’m obsessed!” — and we’ll get you set up.
I’m definitely eager to see you put more of your thoughts into article format — whether they are short comments, long rants, your own coverage of interesting news items, or analytical explorations. Looking forward to your email.
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