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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Why Did Duncan Riley And b5media Part Company?

I stopped by The Blog Herald this morning and was surprised to see a Matt Craven post that said Australian blogger Duncan Riley and b5media have parted company.

"What's going on here?" I asked myself. "Was Duncan ousted as Vice President of b5media during a meeting in Toronto with b5's Jeremy Wright, president and CEO; fellow Australian Darren Rowse, "a co-founder and director" of b5, and the rest of the team?

Wright noted in a November 15, 2006, post at Ensight, his personal blog, that, "Over the next week, a chunk of the b5 team is locked down in strategy and operations sessions."

I visited duncanriley.com to see what Duncan, founder of The Blog Herald, had to say about this. He writes in I’m alive, just, an account of "the single worst flight of my life":

I won’t share my thoughts about Toronto until I get back home, but suffice to say it may have been more enjoyable under different circumstances. But time to go now, the wounds in my back are twitching and I’ll got to go and sign some papers. Till NY, aurevoir

I went over to b5's blog looking for an explanation. A November 15, 2006, post headlined "So Long, and Good Luck, Duncan, says in the first paragraph:

The last few weeks have been very exciting for b5media, but we are sad to announce that effective immediately Duncan Riley is leaving b5.

The post is short, so I won't quote it all. if you're interested in this development, go to b5's site to read it. The comments are quite interesting. 

Matt Craven interviewed Wright in an attempt to learn more. See his post headlined "Brief conversation with b5’s Jeremy Wright on Duncan’s departure. Wright told Craven: "To be honest, our public statement is our only statement."

The next stop was Darren Rowse's problogger,  a valuable blog designed to help bloggers earn money. I wanted to see what he had to say about Duncan's departure. He has a post about Toronto but nothing on Duncan's departure. See "Toronto in Autumn.

Finally, I wish Duncan the best in whatever he does. I began reading his posts when he published The Herald. When he sold it to b5media, at the beginning of 2006, I  followed him to duncanriley.com. Why? I like his writing. 

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