From freelance writer, to regular columnist, to friend, to consultant, to editor-at-large. That’s how Ryan Holiday today summarizes his two-year arc with the New York Observer‘s Betabeat. The published book author also outlines his ambitious plans for the section:
I’ll be writing media criticism but also about other topics that fall under the site’s purview. I’m hoping that together we can grow Betabeat into a major brand in the technology space.
I also intend for you to see more in-depth features, an expansion of the coverage of Betabeat, more breaking news and more commentary from experts and interesting people. The excellent writers who have been building Betabeat the last few years are going to continue to do what they do as well.
There’s another interesting layer to Holiday’s announcement. At several different points, he touches on the hazards engendered by today’s practice of paying and-or additionally compensating bloggers based on article page views. The feedback he got from a potential Betabeat contributor about that nefarious practice is both fascinating and frightening. Read the rest of Holiday’s announcement here.